The Milwaukee Bucks and Detroit Pistons are on opposite sides of the NBA Eastern Conference, but that hasn’t stopped them from making a small and potentially beneficial trade before the trade deadline. In today’s reports the Bucks and Pistons decided to swap former lottery picks Thon Maker (Center) in exchange for Stanley Johnson (Forward).
Maker is an extremely athletic big man who has proven to be a great source of energy and talent in the playoffs for the Bucks but has struggled to find consistent play time throughout the regular season and recently requested a trade due to his role. On a team trying to rebuild and gather young talent/draft picks, he should have no problem finding an expanded role.
On the other side of Lake Michigan, the Pistons rebuilding efforts have not gone exactly as planned. When Stanley Johnson was drafted eighth by the Pistons in 2015, they had high hopes for the young athletic forward. Proving to be an excellent wing defender, he has found plenty of minutes in the Pistons rotation over the years. While his role on the Bucks is likely to be much smaller than it was in Detroit, he should be able to provide crucial minutes to help rest Khris Middleton and Giannis Antetokounmpo towards the end of the season. The only question that still remains is how well a forward like Johnson who averages under 30% from beyond the arc, will be able to fit into Mike Budenholzer’s three-point bombarding system?
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