What losing Donte DiVincenzo means for the Bucks

  • Co-author, Pro Basketball Prospectus series
  • Formerly a consultant with the Indiana Pacers
  • Developed WARP rating and SCHOENE system

How much will Donte DiVincenzo’s injury hurt the Milwaukee Bucks’ chances of a deep playoff run?

The loss of DiVincenzo to a torn ligament in his left ankle, announced by the team Friday, might not seem like a big deal on the surface. Although DiVincenzo started all 66 games he played during the regular season, he was sixth on the Bucks in scoring and they didn’t miss him in the second half of Thursday’s blowout win to take a 3-0 lead over the Miami Heat.

However, the absence of DiVincenzo as a two-way contributor on the wing could loom large as Milwaukee prepares for a playoff gauntlet that could include matchups against the Brooklyn Nets and Philadelphia 76ers, the top two seeds in the Eastern Conference, in the next two rounds. Let’s take a look at how the Bucks will replace DiVincenzo and where he might prove irreplaceable.

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