The fun (?) starts tonight: Bucks – Hornets preview

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What to Watch For: Bucks

There’s a lot to watch for. We haven’t watched for anything important in months and months, so watch everything, dummy. But more practically, this will be Jabari Parker’s first game and that’s pretty exciting. He had a very good preseason in which he averaged 15 points in 31 minutes per game and it’s fair to expect those numbers to be a solid preview of what his rookie season will bring. He’s going to be Milwaukee’s first option on offense, but that won’t necessarily translate into 20 points per game for the rookie. He’s going to be largely inefficient and he’s going to take plenty of shots that aren’t great. But Parker’s going to advance his understanding of what it takes to be a top scoring option in the NBA a very significant amount this season.

Reminder that we’ll be reminding you of a lot: This season isn’t about this season.

So Parker learning how to be a scorer, while scoring about 15 points nightly or so, will be a great accomplishment over the course of the next 82 games. His introduction on Wednesday night will be fun to watch.

There’s also Giannis Antetokounmpo and he’s going to do something every night that’s worth watching. He’ll do other stuff that isn’t very good, but we can always count on at least one breathtaking play from the bets athlete in the NBA’s sophomore class.

Milwaukee’s other expected starters, Larry Sanders, Khris Middleton and Brandon Knight all have a variety of things to prove and reasons to be watched as well. Sanders embarks on his retribution tour tonight. Middleton’s trying to prove that I’m an idiot and that he’s no afterthought as an NBA starter and Knight’s search for respect as a point guard continues on.

What to Watch For: Hornets 

Al Jefferson is a blast. He’s burly and smart and makes shots that look very difficult with more frequency than it seems possible. He’s an incredibly different player than the springy and fast Sanders. He’ll take Sanders on the block early and often Wednesday night, looking to get Milwaukee’s center in foul trouble. This is one of those battles in contrasting style that are always intriguing to monitor.

Lance Stephenson is still a crazy person when he plays basketball and he’ll always be a crazy person when he plays basketball. He’ll always be talented and a potential game changer too. He’s listed as questionable right now, but most expect he’ll play. Any moments in which he’s guarded by Antetokounmpo will be must-see TV for Bucks fans.

Logistics:

Time – 6:00 p.m. CST TV – FS-Wisconsin Radio – 620 WTMJ

Injury Report

Bucks: Hornets:

Projected Lineups

Bucks: Brandon Knight – Giannis Antetokounmpo – Khris Middleton – Jabari Parker – Larry Sanders

Hornets: Kemba Walker – Lance Stephenson – Gerald HendersonMarvin Williams – Al Jefferson

Choose the Form of the Destructor: Kemba Walker

Kemba  Walker, he of hte new contract. (Photo by Scott Cunningham/NBAE via Getty Images)
Kemba Walker, he of the new contract. (Photo by Scott Cunningham/NBAE via Getty Images)

Kemba Walker reportedly inked a $48 million extension with the Hornets. This matters, because Walker has been a solid, but unspectacular point guard for a team that’s now made the playoffs once since he’s been there, but is generally seen as a team on the upswing. His PER would reflect that he’s generally been a bit better than Knight through three seasons, but this is also a guy who hasn’t made 40% of his shots as an NBA player. And he just got almost $50 million.

Brandon Knight is very likely excited about Kemba Walker’s contract. Walker can still be quite good on any given night though and with new contract in hand, I’m thinking he might have a little extra bounce in his step against the Bucks.

Prediction: We’ll All Watch Baketball Again and Be Happy About It

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