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Who is Pat Connaughton?

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The Milwaukee Bucks continue to round out their 2018-19 roster following the signing of Trevon Duval and Jaylen Morris to two-way deals. On Friday, the Bucks unofficially agreed to a two-year, partially guaranteed deal with Pat Connaughton (per Shams Charania).

The deal will require a bit of shuffling from the front office to clear up roster space, but it seems to be another solid offseason move for Milwaukee.

Pat Connaughton will be joining the Bucks for his fourth year in the NBA. The 6’5” wing out of Notre Dame was selected 41st overall in the 2015 NBA Draft by the Brooklyn Nets. His draft rights were traded, along with Mason Plumlee, to the Portland Trail Blazers for Steve Blake and Rondae Hollis-Jefferson. During the first two years of his NBA career, Connaughton played in only 73 total games, averaging only 6.2 MPG.

This past year, Connaughton cracked into Portland’s rotation however, playing in all 82 regular season games while averaging 18.1 MPG, 5.4 PPG (42.3% FG, 35.2% 3PT, 84.1% FT), 2.0 RPG, and 1.1 APG. His stats may not be the most impressive, but any role player who can be available and contribute during every regular season game is valuable. Connaughton is a smooth operator from three-point land that consistently makes hustle plays akin to Matthew Dellavedova. Shooting, effort and availability are Pat Connaughton’s greatest attributes.

His best game of the season came on October 18th in a 124-76 win against the Phoenix Suns. Connaughton played 32 minutes while posting 24 points (9-14 FG, 4-7 3PT, 2-2 FT), two rebounds, two assists, and a +34 plus/minus.

The signing echoes many of the other moves made by the Bucks this offseason and offers fans a glimpse into the direction of the franchise. Ersan Illyasova, Brook Lopez, and now Pat Connaughton all share a common trait; floor spacing. Budenholzer and the Bucks’ front office are clearly trying to surround Giannis with players who can shoot, which will give him more opportunities to dominate the paint.

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