The Milwaukee Bucks used to be a one man wrecking show. MVP favorite Giannis Antetokounmpo has been a mission this NBA season. And now he has a new sidekick to help him push Milwaukee over the hump in Eric Bledsoe.
The Phoenix Suns have done their parts in moving on from the Eric Bledsoe area in the desert. Bledsoe has spent the last five seasons with the Phoenix Suns. He played his first three seasons as a reserve for the Los Angeles Clippers. The sudden alteration in roster decisions comes after Bledsoe sent out a controversial tweet. A tweet referencing remaining a member of the Phoenix Suns.
I Dont wanna be here
— Eric Bledsoe (@EBled2) October 22, 2017
And now it seems as if Bledsoe has received his wish. He will be sent to the Milwaukee Bucks in exchange for Greg Monroe and a future first round pick. That is a steal for the Milwaukee Bucks as they attempt to bolster their lineup for a deep playoff run. The last two years, Bledsoe averaged over 20 points per game for the Suns. His explosiveness and ability to score in bunches is what makes him a viable threat. He is a perfect candidate to play Robin to a featured Batman — a Giannis type of Batman
Antetokounmpo has been on a torrid start to this season. So far in nine games, he has averaged 31 points per game to go along with 10 rebounds and 5 assists. Adding Bledsoe as a running mate only further strengthens their ability to run. Opponents should once again, “Fear the Deer.”
The Milwaukee Bucks knew they needed to make a relevancy move to remain competitive in the Eastern Conference and this move is the type of move that makes them near conference favorites.
PG: Eric Bledsoe
SG: Malcolm Brogdon
SF: Khris Middleton
PF: Giannis Antetokounmpo
C: Thon Maker pic.twitter.com/n64gKEWc0K
— Alex Kennedy (@AlexKennedyNBA) November 7, 2017
While the Bucks have yet to make formal announcements of their intentions for Eric Bledsoe, its safe to assume he will be a team starter. The Bucks scoring offense ranks in the bottom tier of the league with an average of 103 points per game (21). They do a solid job of converting their field goal attempts (48.2%, 2nd) and converting on three pointers (39.5%, 3rd) but they don’t attempt enough shots outside of Antetokounmpo. Defensively, the Bucks could use a boost as they allow 107.9 points per game to opponents for a -2.3 net rating.
The Bucks are banking on Bledsoe being able to help increase the offensive pace of the offense in transition and create mismatches in the half court sets. Currently they rank 22nd in the league with a pace of 98.76 possessions per game. Bledsoe and Antetokounmpo could become the next Russell Westbrook-Kevin Durant type of one-two punch on offense.
At least the Milwaukee Bucks hope so.