While this could well be temporary, center Miles Plumlee and guard Rashad Vaughn will move into the Milwaukee Bucks’ starting lineup as center Greg Monroe and guard Michael Carter-Williams head the second team.
Head coach Jason Kidd confirmed that is how he is using these four players at the start of Bucks’ training camp, via Charles Gardner of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. This would be an interesting course of action for the Bucks, considering the difference in stature of the players potentially being benched and the ones set to be thrust into the starting lineup.
Monroe did come off the bench in 12 games last season, averaging 14.3 points in those contests, but started 67 and has been a starter in almost every game he has played since his rookie year. He has been the subject of recent trade rumors, but Milwaukee doesn’t exactly have anyone who can replace his interior scoring punch.
Despite signing a four-year, $52 million deal to stay in Milwaukee this summer, Plumlee averaged 5.1 points per game last season. The former Duke standout is not in Monroe’s league as a scorer but neither is fellow holdover John Henson.
On the surface, the Bucks using point guard Matthew Dellavedova over Carter-Williams is strange considering their disparate profiles. Even so, the former Cleveland Cavaliers’ backup shoots better than Carter-Williams, with the former Rookie of the Year slated to come off the bench and add some raw scoring ability instead.
Vaughn looks to be stepping into shooing guard Khris Middleton’s spot opposite Dellavedova, if this experiment sticks. Middleton will be out for months with a torn hamstring, leaving the second-year player with a big opportunity. The former first-round pick averaged just 3.1 points per game last season as a rookie. Swingmen Malcolm Brogdon and Jason Terry are other possibilities who could push Vaughn here.