Christian Wood appears to have the advantage in the battle for the Bucks’ final roster spot based on his performance in today’s intrasquad scrimmage, according to Matt Velazquez of The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. The team entered training camp with 14 guaranteed contracts and four players competing for one position: Wood, Shabazz Muhammad, Tim Frazier and Tyler Zeller.
Wood, who signed with the Bucks last week, stood out today with several offensive rebounds, a few 3-pointers and a steady performance on defense. He has been trying to earn an NBA job since leaving Nevada-Las Vegas in 2015, but has played in just 30 combined games with the Sixers and Hornets.
Muhammad, who came to Milwaukee in March after being waived by the Timberwolves, was also impressive enough to get noticed by Khris Middleton.
“C-Wood and Bazz, they’re competing for a roster spot and you could tell by the way they played,” Middleton said. “They were everywhere.”
There’s more Bucks news to pass along, all courtesy of Velazquez:
- New coach Mike Budenholzer’s philosophy was on display in the scrimmage as even the centers were taking a healthy number of 3-pointers. Brook Lopez made three from long distance in a 4 1/2-minute stretch and Wood impressed with his outside marksmanship as well. Even John Henson, who has taken just 13 shots from 3-point range in his career, was experimenting with them. “We’re encouraging a lot of spacing, guys having a lot of confidence,” Budenholzer said. “It felt like we shot a ton of them.”
- The Bucks are hoping to use their bench more than in past seasons, and today’s action suggests there are a lot of players who can contribute. Ersan Ilyasova and Pat Connaughton, who both signed as free agents over the summer, provide two more outside shooting threats. Rookie Donte DiVincenzo looked promising and holdovers Tony Snell, Matthew Dellavedova and Thon Maker seemed more comfortable in Budenholzer’s new system.
- The scrimmage was the first event at the Bucks’ new Fiserv Forum, and the noise level was noticeable, even though the building was only partially filled. Players are hoping the new arena will provide a greater homecourt advantage than the old Bradley Center.
6 thoughts on “Bucks Notes: Wood, Muhammad, Budenholzer, New Arena”
The Bucks have a ton of players with immense potential the question is who breaks out aside from Giannis and Middleton? My guess is Donte does.
Nobody does. Nobody has to; 2 gunners are enough, and the Bucks players besides Giannis are best described as solid, not “with immense potential”. Donte D is not even NBA level yet.
Bazz, wood, frazier and Zell are a good decision to have. Bucks always seem like they’re having to make a hard decision with their last couple roster spots.
Bucks preparing an offer for Jimmy Butler centered around Middleton according to ESPN’s Zach Lowe.
If true, Wolves need to jump on anything inplvimg Middleton
Milwaukee is always the wild card for me. If they get enough shooting, and they play to their athleticism on defense, they can be one of the best teams. Otherwise, they’re right there in that 4-7 range with the Heat, Wizards, and Indiana. It will be interesting to see how they do with Budenholzer.