The defending champions have a competitive roster from top to bottom, but it’s been a while since they had a locked-and-loaded backup point guard to lean on for extended periods. Adding Kennedy Chandler to the mix brings another dimension of playmaking that can get the ball in the hands of the Bucks’ best players.
Despite being undersized, Chandler is the kind of point guard who oozes efficiency—taking shots that make sense in the moment while favoring the passing element of his game. All the while, Chandler remains active and engaged off the ball. This would bode well in a system like head coach Mike Budenholzer’s where reading and reacting to motion is so essential.
Chandler is solid as a mid-range shooter, though his 3-point range has never come to fruition. His ability to generate shot opportunities is encouraging, but it won’t matter much if he can’t put the ball in the basket. He’s capable of navigating picks—particularly when running with a skillful screener. Still, it’s an area where Chandler can stand to improve as he gets comfortable with NBA pacing.
When matched up against guards, Chandler is a defensive pest. He’s excellent at pressuring exposed dribbles, lurching at ball-handlers to poke it loose or force his matchup to pick up their dribble. That kind of effort is something that would assuredly mesh with the Bucks’ identity.