Milwaukee Bucks: Player Power Rankings (Feb. 2-Feb. 8)
Over the course of the past week, the Bucks went 1-2, added a D-League team, got Khris Middleton back from injury, and lost Jabari Parker to an ACL. Let’s check out our Player Rankings as a summary of the play on the court.
Week in Review (1-2)
L: Milwaukee Bucks, 117 @ Denver Nuggets, 121
W: Milwaukee Bucks, 137 @ Phoenix Suns, 112
L: Miami Heat, 106 @ Milwaukee Bucks, 88
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Last week: 2 GP: 4.0 mins/3.0 pts/0.0 rebs/0.0 asts
Last rank: 6
Now, as I did with Vaughn, let’s see what the roster shake-ups could do to Maker. As Maker plays completely in the frontcourt, the addition of Khris Middleton into the lineup does not impact Maker’s minutes. The Jabari Parker injury, however, could allow Thon to snag some more minutes and quite possibly even a starting position alongside Giannis. However, although they have not played for the team yet, both Roy Hibbert and Spencer Hawes will likely be joining the rotation soon and could leapfrog Thon on the depth chart.
Last week: 1 GP: 15.0 mins/5.0 rebs/2.0 rebs/2.0 asts
Last rank: Welcome back Khris!
In his first game back, Khris played 15 minutes (right about what was expected) and flashed the all-around play that we are accustomed to seeing from him, with five points, two rebounds, and two assists. Once Middleton gets fully reinstated into the lineup, his consistency and play style could be just what the Bucks need.
Last week: 3 GP: 26.0 mins/5.3 pts/1.0 reb/0.7 asts
Last rank: 4
Last week: 3 GP: 11.0 mins/8.3 pts/2.3 rebs/0.0 asts
Last rank: 8
As his minutes increase, it would be a huge help to the Bucks is Beasley continued to shoot the ball with such high-efficiency and at the same volume.
Last week: 3 GP: 15.7 mins/9.0 pts/2.3 rebs/1.3 asts
Last rank: 11
Mirza has had a rather shaky season this year, and has not received very consistent minutes, but that might change soon. It is painful to say, but without Jabari Parker, there are minutes to be had, and Mirza could collect a fair number of that time on the floor.
Last week: 22.7 mins/6.0 pts/1.7 rebs/5.3 asts
Last rank: 7
Along with Malcolm Brogdon, who we will get to later in the article, the Bucks point guard duo might not be flashy, but they are very consistent and both fit in their role quite snugly.
Last week: 3 GP: 19.7 mins/7.3 pts/1.3 rebs/2.0 asts
Last rank: 9
Terry seems to still have plenty of energy left for the rest of the year, and his ability to bury open jump shots is still there for the Bucks.
Last week: 3 GP: 18.3 mins/9.0 pts/4.3 rebs/1.7 asts
Last rank: 2
Even though he is not holding down a starting spot, many have speculated that this was due to not wanting both Jabari Parker and Monroe on the floor at the same time for defensive purposes. Now without Parker, could we see Monroe join the starters? Doubtful, but the question is at least worth asking.
Last week: 3 GP: 27.0 mins/12.0 pts/5.7 rebs/0.3 asts
Last rank: 13
J-Hook will likely stay as the starter for much of the rest of the season and if he can keep up this high level of play, hopefully the rest of the team will go with him.
Last week: 3 GP: 27.3 mins/8.7 pts/2.7 rebs/5.3 asts
Last rank: 5
Now with Khris Middleton rejoining the backcourt, things might start to get a little congested with Delly, Snelly, Khris, and Brogdon.
Jabari Parker :'(
Last week: 3 GP: 28.7 mins/19.7 pts/7.0 rebs/2.7 asts
Last rank: 3
With the next year to cover from his second ACL injury, the hope is that Parker can come back just as strong and ready to contribute alongside the rest of the roster.
Last week: 3 GP: 35.0 mins/25.0 pts/9.3 rebs/4.0 asts
Last rank: 1
FTM and FTA: 1st.
Although the Bucks struggled on the whole, Giannis Antetokounmpo continues to show his capabilities as the All-Star the Bucks have. Without Jabari Parker for the rest of the year, Giannis will need to play at an even higher level to get the Bucks back on track for wins.
Check back next week for another edition of the Bucks’ player power rankings!
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