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What Will Milwaukee’s Roster Look Like Mid-Season?

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As We Head Into The New Season, Tough Decisions Might Be Made

The first game for the Milwaukee Bucks this season is rapidly approaching. From hiring Head Coach Mike Budenholzer to inking a legit center in Brook Lopez, the Bucks are doing their best to shape up for a competitive 2018-2019 season. Many questions still linger in the air though, such as how this team will adapt to a new system and who ultimately will make the cut when it comes to playing time. There are a lot of possibilities that can take place, but my goal here is to play GM and see who will likely remain on the team throughout the season, and who could be packing their bags. The following categories indicate how the roster should be classified.

Do Not Touch

This category is pretty self explanatory. To simply out it, Giannis Antetokounmpo is the only player on the Bucks roster who is not going anywhere. The Greek Freak has altered the way the state of Wisconsin and the league view the Milwaukee Bucks. With him on the court, anything can happen. The only goal for the Bucks involving Giannis, is how to ensure that he stays in Milwaukee for the rest of his career. Do not be surprised if Antetokounmpo is on all the MVP candidate lists. He has advanced his game every season and I don’t see that changing any time soon.

Up For Keeps

Next up are the players seen as most likely staying put, but if the right deal comes along, there is no saying the management won’t throw one of these players in the deal. From Khris Middleton to Eric Bledsoe, and even add in Malcolm Brogdon, Ersan Illyasova and Brook Lopez. These players are the ones that clearly can make a difference on the court. The goal is to win, and if these players can come together under Budenholzer’s new system and meet that goal, there will be no need for any of them to leave Milwaukee. Besides Giannis, these players are the next ones who should be deemed the most safe, but that can change in an instant.

Expendable

Now this select group of players are the ones I would assume are the go to traded players on the team. Whenever a deal comes about, this will be the players who get added in to help sweeten the pot. Thon Maker, Tony Snell, DJ Wilson and Tyler Zeller (if not waived before January) are the players who make up this category. Although nothing exciting pops out from these names, what they would add to a deal is youth and potential experience to add a role player to the roster. No big deals will come with these players, but that doesn’t mean management can’t play around with swapping out some of these names for players who might better fit our system. It will not be surprising if at least one or two of these names are off the roster by the end of this season.

Up for Grabs

For a select group of players, not only would they become part of a trade deal, their contracts would be gone as well. These bad deals the Bucks have made in the past will continue to haunt this current team, unless new management can right the ship. John Henson and Matthew Dellavedova have done very little to impress, which makes a lot of Bucks nation believe they are not worth the hefty contracts they have received. Having one or two great games should not guarantee them the millions we are spending. Consistency is key and these two players no nothing about it. Delly and Hook will be a hard sell to other teams. No one would truly want to take on their contracts unless a bigger prize was included. I truly hope management can come up with a way to save us more money so we can actually put it towards players who will attribute to winning.

No One Is Truly Safe

If the NBA has taught us anything, it’s that anything can happen. Deals can be made that give teams a clean slate or a ship superstars in the blink of an eye. No one is truly safe in this league, and that is true for the Bucks (well, except Giannis). Trades and signings can be made that either leave the fan base scratching their heads or bring fans joy. These predictions above are just that, predictions. They could be completely wrong and the roster stays put and nothing changes with the roster. The possibility of this is unknown, but there is. All we can do is hope that the Bucks organization has become wiser and understand what it will take to finally reach more than just one round in the playoffs.

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About Melissa Colton

Melissa was born and raised in West Allis, WI, but currently resides in Milwaukee. She is a veteran of the United States Army and has a Bachelors Degree in Sport Management. She has worked in both the sports and music industry. Anything from Wisconsin, sports, food, and beer is her happy place.

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