The 2023-24 NBA season just began, and everyone is currently fixated on just how the new-look Milwaukee Bucks will perform.
Yet, elsewhere in the state, the Wisconsin Herd, Milwaukee’s G-League affiliate, recently released their training camp roster, which featured plenty of eye-catching names, as they begin to kick off their season in the coming days. It can be found here. Let’s take a closer look at the roster.
Wisconsin Herd’s 2023-24 trading camp roster is full of intriguing names
Iverson Molinar, Lindell Wigginton, Elijah Hughes, Ibou Badji, and Alex Antetokounmpo were all on last year’s roster, meaning there will be some familiarity with this group right off the bat.
Two compelling newcomers are Jazian Gortman and Drew Timme. Both were with the Bucks in the preseason and training camp and flashed glimpses of potential. Rather than letting them go, it’s a nice thing to see them back with the Herd, where they can work on their respective games.
Many believed Milwaukee’s final two-way contract slot would be given to Gortman, as the team needed a backup point guard at the time. However, it instead went to TyTy Washington, putting Gortman in an odd spot. Many hoped he would join the Herd to stick around in the organization. He’s got a legitimate chance to become a nice two-way guard if he keeps improving.
Timme was never expected to stick around with the Bucks, but honestly, it might be a good thing he’s with the Herd, as Milwaukee might need him at some point. Robin Lopez had a tough outing in the preseason, and the backup big position is something the team may need to revamp. Timme isn’t an instant upgrade, but if he can develop, he could become a nice depth piece.
One of the most interesting names on the roster is Glenn Robinson III. Unlike most of this roster, Robinson has legitimate NBA experience, as he’s a seven-year veteran. He’s been out of the NBA since 2021, but he’s clearly looking to make a comeback. This is a similar situation to when the Herd brought in veteran Tyreke Evans last season as he was looking to make a comeback.
The Bucks will likely be keeping a close eye on Robinson. They’ve made it clear they are always seeking more help on the wing, and Robinson could help. If he does indeed play well and a roster spot opens up at some point down the line, perhaps the Bucks could call him up. For now, playing for the Herd will be a nice opportunity for Robinson to prove that he still has something to give.
Wenyen Gabriel is rejoining the Wisconsin Herd after spending time over the past two seasons with the Los Angeles Lakers and joining the Boston Celtics for training camp. He’s another center who could be worth monitoring if the Bucks need frontcourt help. Though undersized, he’s got a unique skill set that could make him a nice addition to the roster.
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