Overreaction No. 2 – The Milwaukee Bucks should trade Brook Lopez
Following that same game against Toronto, a lot of Bucks fans were calling for Brook Lopez to be traded. The big man played 17 minutes in the entire matchup as he struggled to stay on the floor due to the team’s defensive schemes. Many wondered if Lopez could be as impactful defensively in a system that was not run by Mike Budenholzer. It was a wild statement four games in.
A chunk of Bucks fans wanting to trade Lopez is nothing new. That’s been a recurring theme over the past few years. However, this time around, fans were saying Lopez wouldn’t fit in Milwaukee’s system with Griffin at the helm at all. The coach quickly adjusted and made moves to better suit Lopez’s strengths, primarily drop coverage. In the very next game, Lopez had eight blocked shots.
To be clear, Lopez has been far from perfect this season, even in Milwaukee’s two wins following the loss to Toronto. The center is still looking for his shot on offense and has looked like a shell of himself on that end following a productive year last season. Still, even then, it’s too early to call for him to be traded, just like it was four games into the season.
If Lopez’s struggles continue and he genuinely cannot find a rhythm in Griffin’s system, then there may be some discussions that need to be had. However, for now, it’s a bit of an overreaction for a good portion of the fanbase to want Lopez gone this early. Give it some time.