As the NBA season’s quarter-pole approaches, things are starting to take shape. The teams are rediscovering their identity and new acquisitions are taking place in their roles. This would include former Milwaukee Bucks players and their new clubs this season (whether in the NBA, G League, or even overseas).
The Bucks haven’t lost anyone too important in the offseason, but have lost a fan favorite, a great shooter, and they’ve got rid of a few young players. There is always a bit of curiosity to see how these players behave outside of the Bucks organization.
Any Bucks who left or transferred during the offseason were with the team for a season or less. There shouldn’t be so much of a connection to these guys, but most of them played a role in the Bucks winning their first championship in 50 years, so here’s an update on those former Bucks from championship about a quarter of the start of the season.
How is former Milwaukee Buck PJ Tucker behaving?
Although Tucker has only been with the Bucks for 43 games in total (regular season and playoffs), he quickly won the hearts of fans with his uncompromising style of play, defense and personality. He started 19 playoff games for the Bucks and was one of the team’s emotional leaders.
Fans were quite upset when he left to sign with the Miami Heat in the offseason, assuming the front office would bring him back. They quickly got over the loss of Tucker when the front office made a multitude of moves that ended up improving the team.
Either way, Tucker is behaving very well with his new Heat teammates. Miami has had a quick 6-1 start to the season, including a resounding victory over the exhausted Bucks, and has one of the best defenses in the NBA, placing in the top five in the defensive standings.
Individually, Tucker has started all 19 games for the Heat and scores about seven points per game, nearly six rebounds per game and shoots over 45% of the 3-point range on about two and a half attempts. That’s a far cry from what he did with the Bucks in the playoffs where he shot 32.2% of three on a similar number of attempts per game.
The Bucks have been trying to find their “replacement Tucker” this offseason at Semi Ojeleye and, well, it hasn’t quite worked out yet.
Bucks fans have no ill will towards Tucker and certainly wish him luck with the Heat (unless they’re playing against the Bucks, of course).