Why Jordan Nwora will be an important player for the Milwaukee Bucks this season

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The Milwaukee Bucks selected Jordan Nwora 45th overall in the 2020 NBA Draft and his playing time reflected his status. It is expected that a 2nd round pick would struggle for minutes as a rookie on a championship roster.

Jordan Nwora

Nwora played 30 games last season, only two as a starter, averaging 9.1 minutes per game for the Bucks. As a rookie well behind in the pecking order, Nwora didn’t do enough to stake a claim and was a defensive liability when he did play.

Improvements Jordan Nwora made to his game

The offseason proved that Jordan Nwora didn’t spend his free time sulking on the bench, rather he improved his game. He’s become buff and more agile in tracking opposing players and reading the game defensively.

Nwora used pre-season as an opportunity to prove his worth to coach Mike Budenholzer as he averaged 17.8 points across five games.

Mar 27, 2021; Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA; Milwaukee Bucks forward Jordan Nwora (13) shoots against New York Knicks centre Nerlens Noel (3) during the third quarter at Fiserv Forum. Mandatory Credit: Jeff Hanisch-USA TODAY Sports

 

Jordan Nwora must have left an impression as Coach Bud gave him 26 minutes on opening night in a big win against the Brooklyn Nets. He repaid the coach’s faith with 15 points, six rebounds, and three blocks, one of those was on Kevin Durant.

Nwora is stronger now which allows him to grab more rebounds, averaging 5.5 in two games this season.

How Jordan grabbed his opportunity

Bobby Portis, Semi Ojeleye, Rodney Hood, and Donte DiVincenzo are all out injured at the moment. Jrue Holiday was also forced off with an injury on opening night to make matters worse.

Missing five solid players, Mike Budenholzer has had to dig deep in his bag for solutions to their injury woes. That was how Jordan Nwora played so many minutes, but he did well to grab the chance.

Nwora’s pre-season heroics for the Bucks and the Nigerian national team may have played a part in changing the coach’s view of him.

As a natural small forward blessed with the ability to play as a guard as well, Nwora’s scoring will be important for the Bucks.

Having a three-level scorer would further help relieve Giannis Antetokounmpo of all the scoring responsibility.

With the ability already established, Jordan’s newfound defensive determination may yet be the reason he remains key for the bucks.

The 23-year old sophomore is already working his way into Coach Bud’s plans and could become a regular with consistency.

 

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