After discussing the value of Nate Wolters, Khris Middleton, and Brandon Knight in part one of our podcast on core of the Milwaukee Bucks, it's time to turn to the premium players on the roster. Despite being the youngest player in the league, Giannis Antentokounmpo has already become an indispensable player going forward. He's been electric in the open floor, outrageously entertaining, and surprisingly productive, so let's just get this out of the way and say he's the most important guy on the roster. The best part may be that his skill set is so broad and so malleable that he could work well with any of the big-name prospects in the 2014 NBA Draft. Giannis is in.
That brings us to the Larry Sanders / John Henson question. We certainly love our tube men, but can the Bucks maximize the value of both guys if they are paired together? Defense is no concern -- Larry is an established rim protector and Henson is growing into that role -- but things are more concerning on the offensive end. Opposing defenses don't respect the shooting range of either player at the moment, and they shouldn't. Thirty-percent shooting beyond eight feet isn't going to get it done for a power forward in the modern NBA. This warning applies to both players, and it probably means the Bucks are dealing with two centers rather than a complementary pair of big men. That said, it doesn't mean the Bucks are forced to make a choice now.
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And while you're here, be sure to check out Kevin Arnovitz's chat with Giannis on TrueHoop TV: