Milwaukee Bucks finds themselves third in the Eastern Conference, looking up at the 76ers and Nets. In attempts to push for their third consecutive number-one seed, the team acquired P.J.Tucker and Rodions Kurucs from the Houston Rockets for D.J. Augustin and D.J. Wilson.
What can the 6’ 5”, 12-year NBA veteran add to the Bucks?
He brings a wealth of experience, good defense and a three-point threat off the bench. The Bucks coaching staff believes Tucker’s defense is top notch and upper office admires Tucker’s versatility.
The Bucks attempt to tweak the roster that has a chance to end a 50-year championship drought. Currently they have the fifth best odds to win the NBA title at +900 according to 1xbit Bookmaker and second best in the Eastern Conference.
For P. J. Tucker, this move is all that he could have asked for after an admittedly very frustrating campaign. Houston has been unloading players all season. Once an elite team, Houston has become one of the worst teams in the league since trading James Harden and Russell Westbrook. Tucker has been ineffective this season, scoring far below his career average and mostly poor from beyond the arc, where he normally is solid.
Leaving a Rockets team that has lost 19 straight games to a team that is only 1.5 games behind top seed in the Eastern Conference is enough to recharge Tucker’s batteries. He’s excited to be a part of a potential championship run. In addition, Tucker is thrilled to play alongside of two-time MVP Giannis Antetokounmpo instead of having to guard him.
As for Kurucs, he is a 23-year-old forward from Latvia. He has seen limited time this season, averaging just a point a game over 16 games. Augustin, heading to Houston, has a career scoring average of 9.7 points and is averaged 19 minutes per game this season. He will add leadership to what is now a young and inexperienced Houston team. Wilson saw limited action with the Bucks, appearing in 12 games.
There is no question the Milwaukee Bucks will be a top contender in the conference come playoff time
They recently defeated the Philadelphia 76ers in Philadelphia. However, the 76ers were without Joel Embiid and were on the second-end of a back-to-back game. The question is whether or not the Milwaukee Bucks have enough to go toe-to-toe with a full-strength Philadelphia team in a seven-game series. It may come down to that deep in the playoffs. Only time will tell how the Bucks will respond to the challenge.