The Milwaukee Bucks created history when they won their first championship in 50 years and in their quest to defend their title, they've returned mostly the same core group for the 2021-22 season.
The starting five of Jrue Holiday, Donte DiVincenzo, Khris Middleton, Giannis Antetokounmpo and Brook Lopez are all back, but some savvy off-season additions to their bench could make them even better this season.
Milwaukee opens the season at home on Tuesday, Oct. 19 against the Brooklyn Nets.
|PG||Jrue Holiday||George Hill||Justin Robinson|
|SG||Donte DiVincenzo||Pat Connaughton||Grayson Allen||Elijah Bryant|
|SF||Khris Middleton||Rodney Hood||Georgios Kalaitzakis||Jordan Nwora|
|PF||Giannis Antetokounmpo||Thanasis Antetokounmpo||Semi Ojeleye|
|C||Brook Lopez||Bobby Portis||Sandro Mamukelashvili||Mamadi Diakite|
*Sandro Mamukelashvili (two-way)
*Justin Robinson (two-way)
Key additions and subtractions
The Bucks lost P.J. Tucker to the Miami Heat and Bryn Forbes to the San Antonio Spurs in free agency, while Jeff Teague was waived.
They re-signed Bobby Portis to a 2-year, $9 million deal and added veteran point guard George Hill and a pair of sharp-shooting wings in Grayson Allen and Rodney Hood in free agency.
Milwaukee only had one pick in the 2021 NBA Draft, selecting Sandro Mamukelashvili with the No. 54 overall pick.
The Bucks core group of Jrue Holiday, Khris Middleton, Giannis Anetokounmpo and Brook Lopez are locked in, but the battle for minutes among the supporting cast is going to be interesting this season.
Donte DiVincenzo emerged as a key starter last season, starting 66 games, before an ankle injury in the first round of the playoffs ended his season. He averaged 10.4 points per game, shooting 37.9 percent from three on 5.2 attempts per game and will likely be right back in the starting lineup this season.
The most interesting battle will be for wing minutes behind he and Khris Middleton, with Grayson Allen, Rodney Hood, Pat Connaughton and Jordan Nwora all capable of filling that role.
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