Malcolm Brogdon still on pace for early April return
Milwaukee Bucks guard Malcolm Brogdon won the Rookie of the Year last season and started this campaign riding that momentum. But since suffering a partially-torn tendon in his left quad back in February, he’s been out of the lineup. There’s no denying, though, that he’s one of their best players.
The latest information, however, seems like there’s good news on the horizon for the Bucks. Brogdon is still on track to play in early April, per Alex Boeder of Bucks.com.
If Brogdon does get back in the original timetable, that gives the Bucks the chance to roll out their best lineup combinations and try them out in time for the playoffs. Boeder breaks it down.
The Bucks have tried more than 250 different five-man lineups this season. Everything from Bledsoe/Snell/Middleton/Giannis/Henson — by far the most frequently-used lineup, with 542 minutes together — to three minutes of Payton/Terry/Vaughn/Wilson/Bolomboy. What they have not had the chance to roll out this year is their five best players in the same game: Giannis, Middleton, Bledsoe, Jabari, and Brogdon.
The Bucks, who are trying desperately to get into the fourth spot in the Eastern Conference, could use a few more games to give that lineup a decent shot. And with Brogdon coming back in the next week or two, they’ll have a handful of games to test it before the playoffs officially start.
Brogdon coming back also allows for other players to settle back into their roles, per Boeder.
But part of it is adding Brogdon, and part of it is reorganizing the depth chart. Jason Terry is in the handful of my favorite Bucks ever, but he has played most of the game (24+ minutes) in most of the games (seven times in 13 games) in March. Brogdon will let Terry be what he is: a stabilizing and inspiriting veteran reserve with one of the highest basketball IQs in franchise story.