5 Bucks who could become playoff heroes like 2021 Pat Connaughton, P.J. Tucker

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The Milwaukee Bucks would not have secured the 2021 NBA Championship without players such as Pat Connaughton and P.J. Tucker.

While players like Giannis Antetokounmpo, Khris Middleton and Jrue Holiday were the driving forces behind the win, these two role players stepped up mightily in their own ways. For Tucker, it was being a defensive hound who was willing to take on the tough assignments. For Connaughton, he served as a Swiss Army Knife, knocking down threes, grabbing rebounds and playing defense.

If they will win another title this season, the Milwaukee Bucks will need their role players to take a page out of Connaughton and Tucker's book. Here are five Bucks who could step up to the plate and become Milwaukee legends for the remainder of time.

AJ Green

Upon taking over as head coach, Doc Rivers said that one of Milwaukee's young players would have to step up down the line. Thus far, that player has been AJ Green, an undrafted sophomore who has an electric outside shot. As Milwaukee deals with injuries, Green's minutes have been hot and cold, but in the postseason, perhaps he could get an opportunity under the bright lights.

Opposing squads will lock in on Giannis Antetokounmpo, Damian Lillard and Khris Middleton, leaving open perimeter shooters. That approach is why Green has thrived alongside those players, shooting 27-of-59 (45.8 percent) on his "wide-open" 3-point shots, per NBA.com/stats. If he could keep that up in the postseason, there's no doubt he could make an impact.

Due to his sweet outside shooting, Green is the type of player who could have the type of series that Bryn Forbes had against the Miami Heat in 2021 or Grayson Allen had against the Chicago Bulls back in 2022. If Milwaukee's offense is in a rut, Rivers could potentially throw Green into the mix to try and get the ball through the net a few times.

If given the chance, Green could create an iconic highlight or two, such as knocking down a 3-pointer in the clutch, like what he did against the LA Clippers earlier this season.

Green is already blossoming into a fan-favorite in Milwaukee, but a strong showing in the postseason could promote him to hero status.