Overreaction No. 3 – The Milwaukee Bucks should regret the Damian Lillard trade
Of the bunch, this is the most outrageous early overreaction. Milwaukee Bucks fans couldn’t even wait 10 games before thinking this trade may have been a mistake.
Yes, Lillard has had his share of struggles early on. He’s averaging just 22.7 points while shooting a lackluster 40 percent from the floor and 32.6 percent from 3-point range. Lillard is clearly capable of more than that, but he’s struggled in the early going to find his shot, which has hurt the Bucks in their first few games.
There’s been a lot of talk about Lillard’s play on the defensive end as well. He’s never been known as an elite defender or even a good one, and no one expected him to be in Milwaukee. Some have solely blamed Lillard for the team’s sluggish start defensively this season, but that’s just not true. While he’s still not perfect, he’s putting forth some effort to not be a liability on that end.
Even though he’s struggled, there have also been some early positive signs from Lillard, such as his record-breaking 39-point performance in his debut. Obviously, the talent is there; he’s just got to put the pieces together by building chemistry with his teammates, getting accustomed to how Griffin does things, and finding himself.
Anyone who expected Lillard to get to Milwaukee and immediately take off was doomed from the start. Moving to the 414 and playing alongside another superstar for the first time in his career while also playing for a first-year head coach provided plenty of obstacles for Lillard to overcome. This fit was always going to take time, and six games is not nearly enough to judge fairly.
Rome wasn’t built in a day, Bucks fans.
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