Bucks and Bud Believe in D.J. Wilson
Milwaukee Bucks picked up two team options yesterday. One was not a surprise. The other gave some Bucks fans a curious feeling. No one is shocked that the Bucks picked up Thon Maker’s option. He’s showed enough to this team that he could be a talent for them in years to come. The other is D.J. Wilson. The former Michigan standout has been awful to start his NBA career bouncing back and forth from the G-League to the league along with struggles to even be active by the Bucks. Why would Milwaukee hold on to Wilson? Because Mike Budenholzer believes he could be something for this team down the road, and it’s not worth taking a chance on him.
Wilson fits today’s NBA from what he can do on the court. He can shoot threes and attack the rim. Wilson is an ideal trailer three-point shooter, and he can be a high-flyer when in transition. The body type also fits what the Bucks are trying to do from a length perspective. For Wilson, the issue comes in with an unwillingness to work and immaturity.
The Cali kid is only 22 years old, and he seemed more invested with his fashion sense on Instagram than actually being a basketball player. Wilson had Instagram stories about him galavanting through the country and across the world over the offseason while his teammates including his superstar one, Giannis Antetokounmpo, continued to show them getting better in the gym. Wilson didn’t want to put the work in. In many ways, he’s taken over John Henson’s crown of ‘Most likely Buck to see at a nightclub.’ Wilson checked that box for me when I saw him at 720 late Friday night. Hopefully with the Bucks showing their investment in him, Wilson will start to put it in gear.
Budenholzer does have a bit of patience, and he’s been known for his reclamation projects over the years. Kent Bazemore, Tim Hardaway Jr, DeMarre Carroll and a few others have flourish under Bud’s coaching staff after being cast-offs elsewhere. Wilson isn’t a cast-off per say, but he is regraded as a bust. Budenholzer hopes that Wilson can prove them all wrong.