Milwaukee Bucks Have A Dynamic Duo After Agreeing to Trade For Guard Eric Bledsoe

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.

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.

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.

Boston Celtics Gordon Hayward Breaks Ankle, Which NBA Team Has The Most Opportunity?

The Boston Celtics gave Gordon Hayward a huge load of money to lead them to a potential championship this season. And it took just over five minutes for that vision to fade away.

 

The Boston Celtics need Kyrie Irving to step up and lead them in a major way. With the loss of all-star forward Gordon Hayward, the team will be reeling to restructure the playbook towards Irving’s strengths. The Celtics season is not completely loss with this latest injury. They still have a couple of talented forwards who could step into Hayward’s role in Jaylen Brown and Jayson Tatum. But while the Celtics and the NBA world deal with the Gordon Hayward injury, someone has to potentially benefit from it. Here are a couple of teams who should attempt to capitalize on the Hayward injury.

Milwaukee Bucks

The Milwaukee Bucks have been in the playoff race but always missing out on pushing in the top four of the Eastern Conference. Now is the time for them to claim a top four, home court advantage. The Bucks are coming into the 2018 NBA season healthy and hungry. They boast a litter of young players who have established themselves into niche roles led by all-star, Giannis Antetokounmpo. If they can pick up on last season’s success then don’t be surprised if they leap-frog Boston in the standings.

Washington Wizards

Who else is ready to challenge the Cleveland Cavaliers for top dogs of the Eastern Conference? John Wall and company, that’s who. John Wall has already made it known with the Wizards failing to land a third star, that they would be all in on themselves. And now is the best chance the Wizards to secure their place amongst the best in the conference. While they may not have enough offensive firepower to dethrone the Cavaliers for spot one, they may have enough to avoid them until the Eastern Conference Finals.

Orlando Magic

The Orlando Magic are not threatening anyone near the top of the Eastern Conference. Maybe not even the ones at the But they do have an opportunity to make a move for a Celtics future draft pick and young player if they were willing to deal the Celtics a fill in veteran at small forward. While the Magic are in evaluation mode, they should be in capitalization mode if a deal is there to be made. The Magic could continue to build assets while preserving cap space.

Boston Celtics

One may ask how the Celtics can spin this situation into a positive. Easy. The pressure is now gone to replicate last season’s win total and challenging Cleveland for the conference top spot. Now they can focus on improving as a team while allowing young players to develop. The consequences of not finding a temporary patch for Gordon Hayward may cost the Celtics a chance at a Finals appearance this year but could pay dividends later down the road.

 

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