Milwaukee Bucks: How The Bench Will Win Games

By Michael Terrill

The Milwaukee Bucks have the deepest bench in the NBA and they are winning games by utilizing every player.

No other team comes close with the talent Milwaukee has coming off the bench. They are able to bring in sharpshooters, speed, size and athleticism. It is impossible for any other team to match up every single player which gives the Bucks a great advantage in every game.

When Milwaukee’s starting five keeps them in ball games they have a solid chance of coming out victorious because of how many points the bench puts up. For instance, the Bucks’ starters were down by one against the Portland Trailblazers Tuesday night. Milwaukee’s bench took over and gave the Bucks a ten point lead midway through the second quarter. Head coach Scott Skiles integrated starters in with the backups which allowed them to pull away even further.

That is the other great thing about Milwaukee. They are able to throw any rotation at you and will have success with it. Anytime a bench can score 45 points and hold an opposing team to nine, like what happened against Portland, they should come out winners. The second team can pass just as well, make the same great plays and hit a high-percentage of shots just like the starters can. There is no other team with a bench that functions like a starting five.

Mike Dunleavy Jr. is having a top notch season and is one of the biggest threats in the game coming off the bench. He is averaging 12.3 points and 3.4 rebounds per game while converting 47.5 percent from the field and 40.3 percent from behind the arc in 26.7 minutes of playing time. Over the Bucks five-game winning streak, Dunleavy is averaging 20.2 points per game and has a 46.6 percent three-point field percentage.

The additions of Monta Ellis and Ekpe Udoh have made the bench even deeper which is something Skiles is very fond of. Ellis has been phenomenal as a starter while Udoh gives the Bucks a solid defender and shot blocker as a substitute.

Now that the Bucks are used to running the court together and have confidence in each other’s game, there is no reason why they should not make a solid run into the postseason.

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