It has been 48 days since the Milwaukee Bucks were crowned NBA Champions. After all of the celebrations that took place in and around Milwaukee, the front office went to work. Milwaukee had two picks in the 2021 NBA Draft, only using their 54th overall pick to draft versatile big man, Sandro Mamukelashvili of Seton Hall.
This is only the beginning of some of the moves that the Bucks front office made for the upcoming 2021-22 season. More in detail looks at the pickups and answering the most important question, can the Bucks repeat as 2022 champions with these additions?
The Bucks had a pretty simple off-season when it comes to signing players. Coming off of a championship season, how much do you really have to do? Well, first let’s talk about who will not be back in the Bucks uniform for the 2021-22 season. Milwaukee will be without both PJ Tucker and Bryn Forbes. Tucker showed that he can be a key piece to a winning team on the defensive side of the ball. He knows exactly where his role is on a team. The 36-year-old has signed a 2-year, $15 million contract with the Miami Heat.
Another departure was from Bucks guard, Bryn Forbes. Becoming a free agent, Forbes finds his home in San Antonio after winning a championship with Milwaukee. He averaged 19.3 minutes a game, shooting 45% from behind the three-point line. Forbes returns to the Spurs after starting his career there for four seasons before coming to the Bucks.
Now onto the off-season signings for the Milwaukee Bucks.
Bobby Portis Re-signs
Bobby Portis made his way from New York to Milwaukee, instantly becoming a fan favorite. His presence on the court electrified the crowd every time he checked into the game. Averaging 11.4 points per game last season, the Bucks made an effort to re-sign the 26-year-old. Portis is built for all of the hustle plays and is great on the defensive end. Portis re-signs with the Bucks for a 2-year, $9 million contract in the hopes of a title defense.
Rodney Hood’s Third Team in Two Years.
Rodney Hood dealt with two teams within the 2020-21 season. Playing in a total of 55 games, Hood appeared in 38 with the Portland Trail Blazers and 17 games with the Toronto Raptors. After moving twice last season, Hood will be playing with the defending champs in 2022. A great signing for the Bucks, Hood can be a reliable scorer when needed, as he has shot around 40% from the floor in his time in the NBA.
George Hill Back in Milwaukee
After playing for the Bucks during the 2019-20 season, George Hill is back in Milwaukee with the defending champs. With his time with the Bucks in 2019-20, Hill shot the ball at a very high level. He finished that season shooting 46% from deep, leading the entire NBA in that category. Hill is a seasoned veteran who is highly composed when handling the basketball. Bringing him back to Milwaukee helps the chances of Milwaukee repeating in 2022.
Semi Ojeleye Adds Depth on the Bench
When you see this signing from the Bucks, it doesn’t bring too much of a spark to your eye. This move is likely to bring Ojeleye in to bring some depth to the frontcourt. Coming off the bench, Ojeleye will get some minutes playing either forward spot, which will give Coach Mike Budenholzer an opportunity to rest some of his players.
Semi Ojeleye averaged 4.6 PPG during the 2020-21 season with the Boston Celtics.
Memphis’ Grayson Allen Comes to Terms with Bucks
A lot of you may know Grayson Allen’s name from his time with the Duke Blue Devils. Allen’s reputation is not the greatest when it comes to on-the-court play. But, sticking with the positives Allen is going to be a great contributor for the Bucks in their title defense. An outstanding 3-and-D guy who is going to have some major playing time with Donte DiVincenzo still returning from his injury.
In the last couple of seasons with Memphis, Allen saw his minutes go up as time went on. Expect him to play a good chunk of minutes per game in Milwaukee.
Do These Signings Mean a Repeat for Milwaukee?
It was a pretty slow off-season for the Bucks signing wise but, again, coming off of a championship you have your main guys locked up. With the re-signings that the Bucks made plus a mix of veterans, depth, and two-way players that were added to the roster this is a very good recipe for the Bucks to repeat. This will give a lot more room for the Bucks to be able to spread the floor and let Giannis, Jrue, and Khris all facilitate the offense.
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