The Bucks can clinch their first NBA championship since 1971 on Tuesday night — and it’s not all about their Big Three.
Milwaukee may have invested a combined $85.7 million in their star trio this season, but at $4.9 million, Pat Connaughton has quietly been crucial to this series.
The bench player has improved from the perimeter as the stakes have risen — all while averaging more minutes.
Among the players in this Finals who have attempted at least 30 three-pointers — including Khris Middleton, Devin Booker, and Chris Paul — Connaughton has the best percentage at 50%.
Last offseason, the Bucks gave the 28-year-old a three-year, $16 million Early Bird contract. He’ll be an unrestricted free agent by 2023, and every team including Milwaukee will covet a shooting guard with a reputation for knocking down treys in the Finals.
Connaughton and the Bucks are five-point* favorites in Game 6 (9 p.m. ET, ABC).