The Milwaukee Bucks have started out the season strong and sit at no. 2 in the Eastern Conference. What is scary about this for the rest of the league is they have not been at full strength. Khris Middleton is still working back from an injury and Giannis Antetokounmpo has dealt with a knee issue all year. One player who has not played yet is the offseason addition, Joe Ingles. That will change on Monday. Joe Ingles will make his debut for the Bucks on Monday versus the New Orleans Pelicans.
After completing a 5-on-5 workout today, Milwaukee’s Joe Ingles will indeed make his return vs. New Orleans on Monday, his agent Mark Bartelstein of @PrioritySports tells ESPN. Ingles has been out 10 months with an ACL injury. https://t.co/v0FVHRibzg
— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) December 17, 2022
Joe Ingles Making Bucks Debut Monday
The Bucks team did not change drastically from last year. The lone piece that was added was Joe Ingles. Ingles was recovering from an ACL injury but the Buck knew they didn’t need him at the beginning of the season. He brings some much-needed shooting to the Bucks. He is a career 40% three-point shooter which will be great for the Bucks offense. Teams often crowd the paint when Giannis drives to the basket which forces him to kick out to others. Ingles will be a knockdown shooter that Giannis can find as he is going to the basket.
The Offense Needs Some Help
I’m not reading too much into the blowout loss to the Memphis Grizzlies but one thing was certain. The Bucks need some offensive help. It isn’t all on Ingles. Middleton needs to get back to an All-Star level of play but overall the team needs to shoot better. The hope is Ingles will not only help with his points but also will draw defensive attention to him leaving other players with easier shots.
Getting Joe Ingles on Monday is huge for the Bucks. This will give them plenty of time to get him assimilated into the team before the playoff push begins.