Milwaukee Bucks: Player Power Rankings (Jan. 26-Feb. 1)

Feb 1, 2017; Salt Lake City, UT, USA; Milwaukee Bucks forward Giannis Antetokounmpo (34) leaves the court following the game against the Utah Jazz at Vivint Smart Home Arena. The Jazz won 104-88. Mandatory Credit: Russ Isabella-USA TODAY Sports

Feb 1, 2017; Salt Lake City, UT, USA; Milwaukee Bucks forward Giannis Antetokounmpo (34) leaves the court following the game against the Utah Jazz at Vivint Smart Home Arena. The Jazz won 104-88. Mandatory Credit: Russ Isabella-USA TODAY Sports

It was far from the best week the Milwaukee Bucks have had this season, but we’ll still take a look at our weekly player power rankings to see who the movers and shakers are this week.

Week in Review (0-3)

L: Milwaukee Bucks, 86 @ Toronto Raptors, 102

L: Boston Celtics, 112 @ Milwaukee Bucks, 108 OT

L: Milwaukee Bucks, 88 @ Utah Jazz, 104

Milwaukee Bucks Tweet of the Week

As shown in the record above, this was not a pretty week for the Bucks. The team struggled to get anything going on offense and without major scoring outbursts from Giannis Antetokounmpo, there isn’t much of a team identity. On top of that, the defense floundered.

The tweet of the week is not one of a glorious dunk this time around, but a graph showing where the Milwaukee Bucks stand in terms of giving up three-point looks from the corner. As you can see, the team ranks dead-last in this category, and it has been even more of a factor in this recent skid (losses in nine of 10 games) by the Bucks.

Right now the Bucks find themselves right in the middle of the races between making the playoffs and sitting in the top portion of the lottery. As for which place you would rather be at the end of the season, that is solely personal preference. Hopefully the Bucks get back a healthy Khris Middleton soon to shoulder some offensive weight as well as help the defense get a little less lost on the perimeter.

Nonetheless, there is a lot of season left to go, so without further ado, let’s hop into this week’s edition of the player rankings.

Jan 15, 2017; Atlanta, GA, USA; Atlanta Hawks center Dwight Howard (8) and Milwaukee Bucks center John Henson (31) fight for a rebound during the second half at Philips Arena. The Hawks defeated the Bucks 111-98.Mandatory Credit: Dale Zanine-USA TODAY Sports

Jan 15, 2017; Atlanta, GA, USA; Atlanta Hawks center Dwight Howard (8) and Milwaukee Bucks center John Henson (31) fight for a rebound during the second half at Philips Arena. The Hawks defeated the Bucks 111-98.Mandatory Credit: Dale Zanine-USA TODAY Sports

13

John Henson

C

Last week: 1 GP: 7.0 mins/8.0 pts/1.0 rebs/1.0 asts
Last rank: 8

Despite holding down the starting spot for a while earlier in the season, Henson recorded only seven minutes over the course of three potential games, only seeing the floor in one. In this time, he was actually quite efficient. Henson was able to knock home one of his field goal attempts and battered his way to the free throw line on multiple occasions, where he was 6-8. A night in which J-Hook can score eight points in seven minutes is solid for him no matter the situation, but it was the only opportunity he received all week.

Henson was last on the team in total minutes (second place was Plumlee and Teletovic at 15 minutes) and it was not really all that close. Now with Monroe and Thon (Plumlee too…maybe…we’ll get there) in front of him in the depth chart, it will be interesting to see what happens with Henson for the rest of the season in terms of minutes, production, and (dare I say it?) trade talk.

Oct 15, 2016; Milwaukee, WI, USA; Milwaukee Bucks center Miles Plumlee (18) dunks the ball in the third quarter during the game against the Chicago Bulls at BMO Harris Bradley Center. Mandatory Credit: Benny Sieu-USA TODAY Sports

Oct 15, 2016; Milwaukee, WI, USA; Milwaukee Bucks center Miles Plumlee (18) dunks the ball in the third quarter during the game against the Chicago Bulls at BMO Harris Bradley Center. Mandatory Credit: Benny Sieu-USA TODAY Sports

12

Miles Plumlee

C

Last week: 1 GP: 15.0 mins/2.0 pts/4.0 rebs/0.0 asts
Last rank: 7

Like Henson, Plumlee played in just one game this week, although he did record 15 minutes. In this time, he attempted five shots, missing four, and finished with two points. His rebounding wasn’t too bad, as he snagged four, but things are not looking up for Miles. The Bucks saw Thon Maker receive substantial minutes this week and the rook was reasonably impressive. Taking this with the outstanding season-long play of Greg Monroe, Plumlee/Henson have seemingly taken up splitting the duties as the third-string center.

Jason Kidd is known to prefer a two-center system, so where both Plumlee and Henson end up is extremely high up in the air.

Nov 5, 2016; Milwaukee, WI, USA; Milwaukee Bucks forward Mirza Teletovic (35) reacts after scoring a 3-point basket in the second quarter during the game against the Sacramento Kings at BMO Harris Bradley Center. Teletovic scored 22 points to help the Bucks beat the Kings 117-91. Mandatory Credit: Benny Sieu-USA TODAY Sports

Nov 5, 2016; Milwaukee, WI, USA; Milwaukee Bucks forward Mirza Teletovic (35) reacts after scoring a 3-point basket in the second quarter during the game against the Sacramento Kings at BMO Harris Bradley Center. Teletovic scored 22 points to help the Bucks beat the Kings 117-91. Mandatory Credit: Benny Sieu-USA TODAY Sports

11

mirza teletovic

PF

Last week: 2 GP: 7.5 mins/3.0 pts/1.5 rebs/0.0 asts
Last rank: 12

In an interesting turn of events, Telly scored all six of his points inside the three-point arc. He was unable to connect on either of his two three-point attempts while going 3-4 on the inside. On the whole, it was another rather uneventful week for Teletovic, leaving me short on things to say. It is clear that Mirza is not shooting the ball at nearly the same clip as he did a year ago (39.3 percent last year, 34.8 percent this season), but his numbers are still reasonable.

His overall scoring has nearly been cut in half from a year ago, even though he is only receiving five less minutes per game. There is still time this season for Mirza to find his role on the team, but right now, he is buried pretty far down the depth chart.

Oct 23, 2015; Minneapolis, MN, USA; Milwaukee Bucks guard Rashad Vaughn (20) looks at Minnesota Timberwolves forward Andrew Wiggins (22) during a free throw in the fourth quarter at Target Center. The Minnesota Timberwolves beat the Milwaukee Bucks 112-108. Mandatory Credit: Brad Rempel-USA TODAY Sports

Oct 23, 2015; Minneapolis, MN, USA; Milwaukee Bucks guard Rashad Vaughn (20) looks at Minnesota Timberwolves forward Andrew Wiggins (22) during a free throw in the fourth quarter at Target Center. The Minnesota Timberwolves beat the Milwaukee Bucks 112-108. Mandatory Credit: Brad Rempel-USA TODAY Sports

10

Rashad Vaughn

SG

Last week: 1 GP: 30.0 mins/4.0 pts/6.0 rebs/1.0 asts
Last rank: 10

In one outing this week, Rashad Vaughn was rather pedestrian, struggling as a shooter, but then rising up to snag six rebounds. In addition, his two steals rounded out a solid performance. The most interesting thing about Mr. Showtime this week was that in his one game, he played 30 (!) minutes, a season-high. He might not be playing the greatest basketball, but he is just in his second season and is deserving at least the few opportunities he is getting now. This is not to say that Vaughn should be getting more minutes, but the occasional stretch of minutes might be nice, even if it is just to give Tony Snell a rest.

With Khris Middleton hopefully returning soon, Vaughn will likely get pushed to receiving zero minutes, but at least Vaughn is having a slightly better season than a year ago.

Nov 17, 2016; Miami, FL, USA; Milwaukee Bucks guard Jason Terry (3) applies pressure to Miami Heat guard Josh Richardson (0) during the second half at American Airlines Arena. The Heat won 96-73. Mandatory Credit: Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports

Nov 17, 2016; Miami, FL, USA; Milwaukee Bucks guard Jason Terry (3) applies pressure to Miami Heat guard Josh Richardson (0) during the second half at American Airlines Arena. The Heat won 96-73. Mandatory Credit: Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports

9

Jason Terry

SG

Last week: 3 GP: 16.0 mins/3.3 pts/1.7 rebs/2.0 asts
Last rank: 9

I feel like I am saying the same thing every week about Jason Terry: he doesn’t fill up the stats sheet, but he doesn’t hurt the team either. And yet again, I will say the same thing. Terry struggled shooting the ball this week, going just 2-8 from beyond, but his low usage rate (9.5 percent is lowest on the roster) means that even when he is not hitting from deep, it does not necessarily kill the team on the whole. JET is shooting a very respectable 37.4 percent from three this season and that is about all that Bucks’ fans can expect out of him.

Terry is a solid role player who is hopefully providing some stability in a treacherous spot for this young Bucks squad.

Jan 28, 2017; Milwaukee, WI, USA; Milwaukee Bucks forward Michael Beasley (9) and Boston Celtics center Tyler Zeller (44) reach for a rebound in the second quarter at BMO Harris Bradley Center. Mandatory Credit: Benny Sieu-USA TODAY Sports

Jan 28, 2017; Milwaukee, WI, USA; Milwaukee Bucks forward Michael Beasley (9) and Boston Celtics center Tyler Zeller (44) reach for a rebound in the second quarter at BMO Harris Bradley Center. Mandatory Credit: Benny Sieu-USA TODAY Sports

8

Michael Beasley

PF

Last week: 3 GP: 15.3 mins/8.3 pts/4.0 rebs/0.3 asts
Last rank: 13

Beasley was just fine this week. Nothing special, just shooting a reasonable 47.4 percent from the field and adding a few rebounds. B-Easy has been a pleasant bench surprise for the Bucks so far, and it doesn’t like that is going to change. His six turnovers in 46 minutes were not ideal by any stretch of the imagination, but Beasley is a vital part of the bench rotation who can add a scoring punch. It seems like the team can always count on Beasley to have a solid 15+ game about once every couple of weeks. In the case of this week, it was a 17-point outburst on 7-10 shooting in the loss versus the Boston Celtics.

When Beasley is hitting, he is a very valuable asset, as he can make up for some of the points the team is missing when either JP or GA is on the bench.

Jan 20, 2017; Orlando, FL, USA; Milwaukee Bucks head coach Jason Kidd talks with guard Matthew Dellavedova (8) against the Orlando Magic during the first half at Amway Center. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

Jan 20, 2017; Orlando, FL, USA; Milwaukee Bucks head coach Jason Kidd talks with guard Matthew Dellavedova (8) against the Orlando Magic during the first half at Amway Center. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

7

Matthew Dellavedova

PG

Last week: 3 GP: 25.7 mins/10.0 pts/2.0 rebs/5.0 asts
Last rank: 5

With another solid week from behind the three-point line of 5-11 (45.5 percent), Delly’s percentage is now up to 35.2 percent on the year. This is still far below the 41.0 percent from last season, but at least things seem to be on an upward trend. While working on two-pointers, however, Delly was weak this week, connecting on just four his 11 attempts. He finished the week second on the team in assists, but he also led the squad in turnovers, hence his placement at the seventh spot this week.

Also, despite taking back his starter spot, he was outplayed in terms of minutes by Malcolm Brogdon, who we will talk about soon.

Feb 1, 2017; Salt Lake City, UT, USA; Milwaukee Bucks forward Thon Maker (7) shoots the ball against Utah Jazz guard Dante Exum (11) during the second half at Vivint Smart Home Arena. The Jazz won 104-88. Mandatory Credit: Russ Isabella-USA TODAY Sports

Feb 1, 2017; Salt Lake City, UT, USA; Milwaukee Bucks forward Thon Maker (7) shoots the ball against Utah Jazz guard Dante Exum (11) during the second half at Vivint Smart Home Arena. The Jazz won 104-88. Mandatory Credit: Russ Isabella-USA TODAY Sports

6

Thon Maker

C

Last week: 3 GP: 14.0 mins/8.0 pts/3.0 rebs/0.0 asts
Last rank: 11

For the first time in his career, Thon Maker received substantial minutes this week, starting in two games and playing a total of 42 minutes. In this time, Maker was 9-18 from the field and canned three of his four shots from deep. The free throw shooting probably wasn’t what Maker wanted (3-6), but hopefully that picks up as he gets into a better rhythm. He also swatted away five shots (!), which led the team for the week. His rebounding can still obviously be improved upon, but for his first true test in big NBA minutes, Thon seemingly passed with flying colors.

The 10th overall pick in the year’s draft is looking like he can do some damage in the second half of the season, especially when already paired with the young duo of Giannis and Jabari.

Jan 6, 2017; Milwaukee, WI, USA; Milwaukee Bucks guard Malcolm Brogdon (13) during the game against the New York Knicks at BMO Harris Bradley Center. New York won 116-111. Mandatory Credit: Jeff Hanisch-USA TODAY Sports

Jan 6, 2017; Milwaukee, WI, USA; Milwaukee Bucks guard Malcolm Brogdon (13) during the game against the New York Knicks at BMO Harris Bradley Center. New York won 116-111. Mandatory Credit: Jeff Hanisch-USA TODAY Sports

5

Malcolm Brogdon

G

Last week: 3 GP: 29.3 mins/8.3 pts/2.3 rebs/4.0 asts
Last rank: 4

Coming off the bench, Brogdon had a pretty average week. He shot the ball about as well as he has all season (40 percent both inside and outside) and was third on the team in assists. He turned the ball over six times, which wasn’t great, but still held a 2:1 assist-to-turnover ratio. He received the third-most minutes on the team as the trust Jason Kidd has in him continues to show through his time on the floor. The President has had a very good season, and weeks like this one are just things that are expected, although they are far better than most would have predicted at the beginning of the season.

As a rookie and a veteran (somehow) on the team, Brogdon can hopefully help to bridge the gap between both groups of players on the team to get the Bucks back to their winning ways.

Jan 2, 2017; Milwaukee, WI, USA; Milwaukee Bucks guard Tony Snell (21) during the game against the Oklahoma City Thunder at BMO Harris Bradley Center. Milwaukee won 98-94. Mandatory Credit: Jeff Hanisch-USA TODAY Sports

Jan 2, 2017; Milwaukee, WI, USA; Milwaukee Bucks guard Tony Snell (21) during the game against the Oklahoma City Thunder at BMO Harris Bradley Center. Milwaukee won 98-94. Mandatory Credit: Jeff Hanisch-USA TODAY Sports

4

Tony Snell

SG

Last week: 3 GP: 27.3 mins/8.0 pts/4.0 rebs/0.3 asts
Last rank: 6

I’m not sure there is anything else the team can ask for out of Tony Snell, except maybe to shoot the ball more. Snell was a scorching 8-12 (66.7 percent) from three-point land this week and grabbed a few rebounds. In the absence of Khris Middleton, Snell has done a very good job in trying to make up for the missing talent of Middleton. When Khris comes back (hopefully soon), Snell will be relegated to bench role alongside Brogdon and Monroe, which could make for a very fun trio, even if none of them are the flashiest of players.

Snell is shooting a career-high of 38.8 percent from behind the arc while also setting career-highs in minutes, points, rebounds, assists, and steals.

Jan 21, 2017; Miami, FL, USA; Milwaukee Bucks forward Jabari Parker (12) dunks the ball against the Miami Heat during the second half at American Airlines Arena. The Miami Heat defeat the Milwaukee Bucks 109-97. Mandatory Credit: Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports

Jan 21, 2017; Miami, FL, USA; Milwaukee Bucks forward Jabari Parker (12) dunks the ball against the Miami Heat during the second half at American Airlines Arena. The Miami Heat defeat the Milwaukee Bucks 109-97. Mandatory Credit: Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports

3

Jabari Parker

PF

Last week: 3 GP: 33.3 mins/14.0 pts/9.3 rebs/1.0 asts
Last rank: 2

Despite having a very good week as rebounder, shooting 38.1 percent from the floor is not what Bucks’ fans want to see out of Jabari Parker. Everybody is allowed to struggle from time to time, so this was bound to happen, but it hurts to see it when the team is having a rough stretch. To get the Bucks out of their rut, it is important that both JP and Giannis return to the form they were at a couple of weeks ago and can score the ball at high volumes. Jabari’s 0-8 week from three was not a good sign for his offensive versatility, and just 14.1 points per game this week was one of his worst performances of the week.

Jabari is clearly one of the stars on this team, and they will need him to pick things back up again to get some wins.

Jan 27, 2017; Toronto, Ontario, CAN; Milwaukee Bucks center Greg Monroe (15) drives to the basket as Toronto Raptors center Jonas Valanciunas (17) defends during the first quarter in a game at Air Canada Centre. The Toronto Raptors won 102-86. Mandatory Credit: Nick Turchiaro-USA TODAY Sports

Jan 27, 2017; Toronto, Ontario, CAN; Milwaukee Bucks center Greg Monroe (15) drives to the basket as Toronto Raptors center Jonas Valanciunas (17) defends during the first quarter in a game at Air Canada Centre. The Toronto Raptors won 102-86. Mandatory Credit: Nick Turchiaro-USA TODAY Sports

2

Greg Monroe

C

Last week: 3 GP: 25.7 mins/11.0 pts/6.0 rebs/1.0 asts
Last rank: 3

After another fairly efficient week from the floor (48.1 percent) and with Jabari struggling, Moose finds himself in second spot this week. He was tied for second on the team in rebounding and was the leading scorer off the bench. Monroe has been an outstanding player off the bench all season long, and there are no signs of him slowing down. In addition to his offense and rebounding, Monroe led the team in steals for another week, with six, flashing his quick hands in the passing lanes and stripping his opponents on several occasions.

Can Greg Monroe be the guy to get the Bucks back on track? More than likely it will be the next guy in the rankings, but Moose can play a very big role in turning the team’s losses into wins.

Jan 28, 2017; Milwaukee, WI, USA; Milwaukee Bucks forward Giannis Antetokounmpo (34) passes the ball away from Boston Celtics forward Jae Crowder (99) in the first quarter at BMO Harris Bradley Center. Mandatory Credit: Benny Sieu-USA TODAY Sports

Jan 28, 2017; Milwaukee, WI, USA; Milwaukee Bucks forward Giannis Antetokounmpo (34) passes the ball away from Boston Celtics forward Jae Crowder (99) in the first quarter at BMO Harris Bradley Center. Mandatory Credit: Benny Sieu-USA TODAY Sports

1

Giannis Antetokounmpo

SF

Last week: 3 GP: 39.0 mins/16.3 pts/6.0 pts/6.0 asts
Last rank: 1

Even though it was not the best week for the All-Star, let’s still take a look at where Giannis stood on the team in terms of rankings across the board:

Minutes: 1st.
Points: 1st.
Rebounds: T-2nd.
Assists: 1st.
FTM and FTA: 1st.
Blocks: T-2nd.

This was not the best set of games from the Greek Freak and seemingly teams are starting to figure out how to cover him, but every time this has happened in the past, Giannis has just added another something special to his game that makes an even more versatile player. It won’t be long before he is terrorizing defenses to over 20 points in every game again.

Check back next week for another edition of the Bucks’ player power rankings!

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