Welcome to the Brew Hoop Night Shift. Every evening at 9:00pm (central time), this all-purpose thread goes up, and the comments section is where it’s going down. What Bucks news did we not cover? What topics do you want to break down further? Or is there something non-Bucks that you want to bounce off of one another? Even something non-basketball? This is the place.
Tonight’s (on) topic:
Duval, a 6-foot-3 guard out of Duke, was a McDonald’s All-American in 2017. He was the first Duke one-and-done to go undrafted in last month’s draft and played summer league with the Rockets. He averaged 10.3 points and 5.6 assists per game at Duke. https://t.co/M9GAYBbVge— Matt Velazquez (@Matt_Velazquez) July 24, 2018
So the Bucks are once again active this off-season, this time in the form of their continuing tinkering with the two-way contracts. Marshall Plumlee and Xavier Munford were on two-ways as the season ended, but Plumlee was released of his two-way status earlier this month, so it looks like Trevon Duval will slot in Plumlee’s vacancy for now.
Duval hails from Delaware (like Donte DiVincenzo) and started 34 games for the Duke Blue Devils who fell to the Kansas Jayhawks in the Elite Eight of last season’s March Madness tournament. The book on Duval is that he has some potential and that his shot, especially from three, needs work. He only shot 29 percent from beyond the arc last year and averaged three attempts per game.
We will see if Munford holds onto his two-way spot, or if he head to another team, or if he gets bumped up to the main roster in Milwaukee. I do not really have a feeling either way about Duval’s signing, so I guess the fact it does not inspire excitement in me is not a good sign.
Tonight’s (off) topic:
Woo shout out Milwaukee for attracting college grads. However, boo to being behind freaking St. Louis. Of the six cities, I have only been in MKE, Minneapolis, and Omaha. I have throughly enjoyed my time living in MKE and loved the two times I visited Omaha. Minneapolis harbors no such love from me.
I know a few people that either live or have lived in Pittsburgh and they love the city, but it’s filled with Steelers fans, so, hard pass. There a handful of people whose opinions I trust that live or have visited Kansas City and rave about it as an oasis in the Central Plains. I do not know anyone that has lived or enjoyed visiting St. Louis and it is filled with Cardinals fans, so again, hard pass.
If I had to re-rank the six cities highlighted I would go with:
6) St. Louis
3) Kansas City
I made this as unbiased as possible, if I was showing bias I would put Minneapolis only ahead of St. Louis. Anything Minnesota related gets a reflexive thumbs down from me (okay, I have Minny at two to cover up my bias). I am surprised that Des Moines, Iowa failed to crack the list, since it is like a diet-Kansas City.
Have any of yinz (shout out Pittsburgh lingo) been to any of the six cities listed/how did you enjoy your time?
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