The more things change, the more they stay the same. That’s been the theme with the Milwaukee Bucks’ preseason as they have won both of their games with relative ease. New players have filled in, but that doesn’t matter as the Bucks still steamroll their opponent and hope to keep that going. The Bucks look to continue the trend of Wisconsin teams beating Dallas teams tonight against the Dallas Mavericks with the Green Bay Packers doing so last week and Forward Madison FC hopefully able to tomorrow night.
This team is still really good, Giannis is still dunking on everybody, and now they have Kyle Korver hitting threes for them, rather than against them. All is relatively well other than the news that Eric Bledsoe will be out through the first few games of the regular season. Whoever gets the start at the 2 may change as well, with Bud looking to get a glimpse at every one of his options for that role.
Bucks Player to Watch:
Luke Maye Robin Lopez
Robin has blended in with the team well already. We already knew about his banter with twin brother Brook, but his play has shown he will be a good rotational piece as well. I was hesitant initially when the agreement was announced but he can fill in at the 5, but he’s looked solid and is adding a 3-point game as well. He’s going to have a battle with guarding Boban Marjanovic off the bench but we think he can handle the responsibility.
It’s a new era in Dallas; team legend and future Hall of Famer Dirk Nowitzki retired and now the future is in the hands of second year player Luka Doncic. The Mavs will also have a healthy Kristaps Porzingis to join them this season as well to give the team two young promising players to build around.
Mavericks Player to Watch: Luka Doncic
The recent Rookie of the Year will look to build off of a great first year where he averaged 21.2/7.8/6. Any questions about his hype should be cleanly swept under the rug and now it’s a matter of if he can be the guy to lead Dallas back to the playoffs for the first time in four years.