(Photo : Cole Burston/Getty Images) TORONTO, CANADA – Dennis Schroder (#17) of the Toronto Raptors dribbles the ball up the courtroom in entrance of Damian Lillard (#0) of the Milwaukee Bucks through the first half of their NBA sport towards the Milwaukee Bucks at Scotiabank Arena on November 1, 2023 in Toronto, Canada.
Damian Lillard has been recognized to be an offensive menace ever since he joined the NBA in 2012. However, there’s one facet of his sport that the majority are conscious of: Damian Lillard’s protection will not be that spectacular.
Ironically, the participant the Milwaukee Bucks gave up for him was recognized for his defensive prowess – Jrue Holiday.
It was the identical method that helped the Bucks win the NBA title in 2021. Holiday was named one of the best defender in an nameless ballot carried out by The Athletic in April. The two-time All-Star guard received 28.7% from greater than 100 gamers who participated in that survey, SI.com reported.
For his half, Lillard has all the time been referred to as a foul defender. Being the lone star in Portland, the seven-time All-Star was by no means held accountable by the Blazers, Brad Botkin of CBS Sports identified.
However, issues are completely different now in Milwaukee. His scoring is a given, however he must exert extra effort in serving to out on protection. In that loss to the Toronto Raptors, this sequence exhibits the hassle that the 2013 NBA Rookie of the Year renders.
If Lillard desires an NBA title, he might want to exert extra effort, particularly on protection. His arrival could have catapulted the Bucks as favorites within the Eastern Conference, even probably reaching the NBA Finals.
However, profitable the Larry O’Brien trophy is one other subject material.
In the eyes of Lindy’s Pro Basketball Annual editor Roland Lazenby in an interview with Sports Bytes Philippines, he sees the Bucks making the finals however not profitable all of it this 2023-24 season.
“I picked the Bucks to go to the championship series. I don’t think they’ll win it but I think they will be the team that comes out of the east. That will depend on how their chemistry develops but I like their chances,” the veteran journalist acknowledged.
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