3 Wisconsin Herd players who could leap to the Milwaukee Bucks next season

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The Milwaukee Bucks have primarily relied on veteran talent over the years, but recently, they've been stacking talent with the Wisconsin Herd in the G-League.

If the front office is looking for an infusion of youth into one of the oldest rosters in the association, perhaps they could look to utilize some of their young talent in Oshkosh next season. Several players caught attention for their efforts, showcasing that they may have what it takes to become a player at the next level.

That said, let us look at three Herd players who appeared in at least 10 games and may be ready for a leap to the NBA in 2024-25.

Chris Livingston

Technically, Chris Livingston has already made the leap to the NBA, as he's appeared in 17 games for the Bucks. However, he's averaged just 4.2 minutes per game in those appearances, compared to 28 minutes averaged in 16 games with the Herd. Next season, he may be ready to take on more minutes with the Milwaukee Bucks.

The Bucks clearly believe in Livingston, having made him the wealthiest final pick of a draft ever when they took him last off-season. He was 19 and incredibly raw at the time, so spending the year with the Herd to work on his game to get legitimate reps and develop his game was a wise move rather than having him glued to Milwaukee's bench night in and night out.

With the Herd, Livingston showed two-way potential, averaging 14.1 points, 7.1 rebounds, 1.3 assists and 1.3 steals per game while shooting 37.7 percent from behind the arc. At 6-foot-6, 220 lbs, he has the build to become a sturdy yet versatile wing at the next level, using that frame to bang down low for rebounds and take on different defensive assignments.

The Bucks could use a player like Livingston. All season, they've been searching for answers on the defensive end, particularly on the wing. Next season, with his game likely more polished, Livingston may be able to be a versatile defender who can also snag rebounds and knock down outside shots. He could end up being a draft steal if he can play that role well enough for the Milwaukee Bucks.