Now that Jabari Parker has officially begun his time with the Chicago Bulls, the Milwaukee Bucks must look to the future. They must settle with the fact that they will now have to change their starting lineup. Although Parker missed a significant amount of time due to his major injuries, his impact on the court will still be missed. It’s enough for the Bucks to have to alter their starting lineup for the 2019 season.
Looking at the possibilities:
If we look at the current Bucks roster, the shooting guards available to start are Tony Snell, Malcolm Brogdon, Donte DiVincenzo and Sterling Brown. There are still a few guards or forwards that could technically play the position. We’re only going to consider these players due to the fact they are the most likely to start come October of 2019.
Right now, the most logical answer seems to be Snell. Brogdon is more of a true point guard than a shooting guard. However, it is possible that he could transform into more of a pure shooter than what he has shown in his first two years. Snell has proven to be an important role player on the Bucks. He may be the best candidate to start for the upcoming season.
It’s a toss-up:
Now, Brown and DiVincenzo are big questions marks. These guys have true potential to be legitimate threats on the offensive and defensive ends. Unfortunately right now, they are still too young, or at least, too early on in their NBA careers to be judged strictly. DiVincenzo could end up being a poor man’s Klay Thompson. Brown could be the next Tony Allen based on both of their respective scoring ability and defensive IQ.
Regardless, the shooting guard position will be hard to fill now that Khris Middleton will most likely move to small forward heading into the new season. Whether it be DiVincenzo, Brown, Brogdon or Snell who takes the reigns from Middleton, they will need to significantly step up their play in order to help Milwaukee rise in the Eastern Conference.