According to Shams Charania of The Athletic, the Milwaukee Bucks signed former Mississippi State guard Iverson Molinar to a free agent contract. Molinar declared for the 2022 NBA Draft after a stellar season at Mississippi State that earned him First-Team All-SEC honors, averaging 17.5 points, 3.1 rebounds and 3.6 assists per game.
Reactions to Milwaukee Bucks signing Iverson Molinar after 2022 NBA Draft
I would never lose my mind signing an undrafted free agent, so hopefully that’s not what you expected of me. I will say this is a low risk, high reward signing for the Bucks.
Molinar brings a player to Milwaukee who has the ability to shoot from the outside. His junior season at Mississippi State was an outlier compared to his other two, as he shot just 25.2% in three after shooting 37.1% and 43.6% in his first and second seasons. .
Despite his declining perimeter shooting percentages during his junior season, his free throw percentage improved to 86.8%, after shooting 76.8% and 80.4% in his freshman seasons. and second year. The free throw percentage that remains high may be an indication that his junior season was a fluke and that he will be a solid perimeter shooter at the next level.
That being said, he will have to work out some issues if he wants to make Milwaukee’s roster. There are times when he tends to try to do too much and that will result in high turnover for him. Maybe this problem will be solved in the NBA, given that he will play with Giannis Antetokounmpo, Jrue Holiday and Khris Middleton. He won’t have to be the reference for the team.
Another problem he has is that he sometimes has questionable shot selection. Shot selection is an issue for a lot of guys who were great scorers in college because most of the time they have to carry the load of their teams. Not being around other top talent can lead to guys forcing shots, especially at a school like Mississippi State that isn’t known as one of the best places for basketball talent- college ball.
One issue with him that isn’t necessarily his fault is his height. At 6-foot-3, he’d be undersized to play 2. He’s also not very strong, so he doesn’t have the physicality to make up for that at this point in his career. He will have to get stronger to be able to finish around the edge in the NBA, when he struggled to finish above the greatest defenders in college. This can be attributed to the presence of big names such as Walker Kessler and Oscar Tshiebwe in his conference, but there will only be better rim protection in the NBA.
Due to his athleticism and shooting ability, this could turn into a good find for the Bucks. Molinar will have the opportunity to impress the team in the Summer League and training camp to earn a spot on the roster.
Stay tuned to see what else is happening this offseason for the Milwaukee Bucks.