3 Milwaukee Bucks players Andre Jackson Jr. should take minutes from

The rookie proved against the Raptors that he needs playing time.
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Pat Connaughton

To his credit, Pat Connaughton has been playing better basketball following the NBA All-Star break after he was shrouded in trade rumors for most of the season early on. However, his output is still inconsistent game by game, and there's no telling what he may be able to give the Milwaukee Bucks on the big stage. Connaughton should still play, but Jackson could eat at some of the minutes.

The biggest concern for Connaughton is how he will hold up with tough defensive assignments in the postseason when top-tier wings come to town. Since his calf injury prior to the 2022-23 NBA season, Connaughton has lost a step on that side of the ball, and taller and more athletic players have hunted him since coming to this realization in recent memory.

When one of those 6-foot-7, 6-foot-8 electric wing scorers are on deck, the Bucks could give the uber-athletic Jackson, who is also taller than Connaughton, some extra burn. The team still does not have a clear-cut wing defender, and while it would be hard to entrust that role to Jackson this late in the season, he has all of the tools needed to be successful in that role.

Again, Connaughton should still see solid time. Lately, he's been playing fairly well, hauling in boards, intercepting the ball and showing off his facilitating skills. The one area he has truly struggled in has been his shot, as he hasn't been able to get anything going lately. He can help this team, but it would not hurt if Jackson took some of his minutes in certain matchups.