The Milwaukee Bucks kicked off their 2018-19 campaign with their first preseason game against the Chicago Bulls at the Fiserv Forum the Bucks defended their new arena with a 116-82 victory.
What stood out?
Spacing leads to 3-Pointers
If you look up and down the stat line for the Milwaukee Bucks on Wednesday night, the things you will notice most are the 45 three-pointers the Bucks attempted and the 32.4 percent field goal percentage the Bucks held the Chicago Bulls to.
The game was exactly what Mike Budenholzer promised he would bring to Milwaukee, and he wasted no time doing so. The Bucks focused on creating ball movement off of dribble drives which opened up the whole floor.
Instead of watching the primary ball handler attack as we saw so many times last year, the other players on the floor made an effort to fill the corners and wings on those dribble drives. This led to the plenty of open looks for the Bucks shooters.
MVP of the Game?
Eric Bledsoe seems to have found new life in the Budenholzer system offensively, instead of trying to force the ball down the defenses throat, he took efficient shots that allowed him to get into a rhythm early. Bledsoe shot 66.6 percent from the field and 50 percent from behind the arc, which is a good sign for Bledsoe’s promise moving forward. A couple of Bledsoe’s three-point attempts were in the corner, which is pleasing to see because with Bledsoe being a primary ball handler he will usually only find the corner if the movement and court spacing is doing good.
Young Buck of the Game
We haven’t seen the first round pick catch fire yet scoring the ball, but on Wednesday night we saw what enticed the Bucks front office to take DiVincenzo. He filled it up in the rebounding and assists categories, and that could be even more important than his scoring numbers. For the role DiVincenzo will be playing with this team, he won’t be the first, second, or even the third best scorer on the court, but he doesn’t need to be. DiVincenzo appears to be a glue guy in his rookie reason, who can be trusted to not lapse defensively and contribute in the general flow of the offense.