The Milwaukee Bucks expect big things from MarJon Beauchamp this coming season. The 6-foot-6 small forward showed flashes of brilliance in his rookie campaign last term, but he didn’t really do enough to make a significant impact on the squad. However, with a new head coach in the picture, Beauchamp could be in line for a big year in 2023-24.
Milwaukee Bucks Stud MarJon Beauchamp Will Need to Work on His Jumper
Eric Nehm of The Athletic recently spoke with draft expert Sam Vecenie, who himself has some very interesting insight about Beauchamp. Vecenie agrees that the former Yakima Valley Community College standout did make some small waves last season, but at the same time, much more is expected from Beauchamp this year.
According to Vecenie, in order for Beauchamp to really establish himself on the Bucks roster this season, he will need to make significant advances in his game:
“But to stick on the court in big moments — especially in minutes around Giannis Antetokounmpo — Beauchamp must continue developing his offensive game. Much was made of the fact that he averaged 15-plus points per game in the G League in 2021-22, but open-court athletes like Beauchamp tend to thrive in that setting, as opposed to the more skill-based NBA.
“… Beyond that, Beauchamp hasn’t showcased an NBA-level shifty handle or a particularly high-level processing ability as a passer. Everything is in a straight line for him. And while that could be totally fine, it reduces his future down to a pretty simple equation. Everything will come down to his jumper,” Vecenie said.
Specifically, Vecenie believes that Beauchamp must put in a lot of work behind the scenes to improve his jump shot. The draft expert points out that as of right now, the 22-year-old has left a lot to be desired in this particular area of the game. At the same time, however, there’s a lot of promise there:
“The good news about this is he’s cleaned up his mechanics off the catch quite a bit over the last year. He still has a bit too much of an exaggerated ball dip to get into rhythm, which makes it easier to close out on him. The rhythm still sometimes can look a bit funky as he’s loading into the shot while involving his lower half. But the release at the top looks clean, the follow through looks good and he gets good rotation on the ball now,” Vecenie said.
Vecenie also provided a crucial caveat for Beauchamp, noting that “it’s typically hard for someone to go from Beauchamp’s current form as a shooter to a legitimate floor-spacer.” The analyst does argue, though, that if anyone is capable of taking this leap, it’s going to be MarJon Beauchamp.
We will all find out soon enough.
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