Milwaukee Bucks: Player Power Rankings (Nov. 24-Nov. 30)
The Milwaukee Bucks finished the week 2-1, but who were the best and worst performers? Let’s dive into this week’s edition of Player Rankings to find out where everyone settled in.
Week in Review (2-1)
L: Toronto Raptors, 105 @ Milwaukee Bucks, 99
W: Milwaukee Bucks, 104 @ Orlando Magic, 96
W: Cleveland Cavaliers, 101 @ Milwaukee Bucks, 118
With a solid finish to the week with back-to-back wins, the Bucks are back to .500 at 8-8 on the year.
Although it’s early, if the team can keep the record around .500, they will certainly be in competition for a playoff spot this season. And if I’m one of the top teams in the Eastern Conference, I would not like to see any of Giannis Antetokounmpo in the first round.
I’m not saying that the Bucks could make a huge upset in the playoffs, but this team makes each opponent work very hard to get a win, and that is a testament to many different aspects of the squad.
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As for the overall team performance, the Bucks are coming off their best performance of the season against the Cleveland Cavaliers. They had the upper hand for much of that game and when going up against one of the top-tier teams in the league, that is impressive.
Michael Beasley and Greg Monroe are anchoring what is turning out to be a pretty solid bench unit that can not only put points up in a hurry, but play some good defense on the other side of the floor.
Starting .500 through the first 16 games of the year is quite respectable for the Bucks and with the team starting to click, that record could see an increase in the coming weeks, even with a tough stretch of games approaching.
Biggest Riser: Greg Monroe ↑ 7
Fastest Faller: Tony Snell/John Henson/Jason Terry ↓ 2
In total, Novak and Maker played just three minutes, so the sample size is too small to put an accurate rating on the two players.
Last week: 1 GP: 2.0 mins/0.0 pts/1.0 rebs/0.0 asts
Last rank: 14
Last week: 1 GP: 3.0 mins/4.0 pts/1.0 rebs/0.0 asts
Last rank: 12
Last week: 3 GP: 8.0 mins/1.7 pts/1.0 rebs/0.7 asts
Last rank: 10
On the bright side, he isn’t exactly showcasing a tremendously high usage rate. In 24 total minutes, he attempted just three shots (while connecting on two) for what was a fairly efficient week. But even with this, he will continue to find himself buried at the end of the bench if he doesn’t pull a rabbit out of the hat.
Last week: 2 GP: 14.0 mins/6.0 pts/1.5 rebs/0.5 asts
Last rank: 9
With these small ball lineups, Coach Kidd is able to run Point Center Giannis and leave Teletovic with a rim protector in the Greek Freak behind him. This not only makes up for his poor defense, but it also allows for the Bucks to spread the floor tremendously well with penetrators and shooters.
Last week: 3 GP: 20.0 min/1.0 pts/1.3 rebs/1.7 asts
Last rank: 7
To me, the best thing that he did this week was distract J.R. Smith. I mean, c’mon, most mainstream media are making a bigger deal out of that singular play than they are about the Bucks defeating the defending NBA Champions anyway. As for his play on the court, it is far from perfect. He does not take many shots, and with his FG% , that is a good thing for the team right now. Terry has always been known as a shooter, so it should just be a matter of time before he starts to turn that part of his game around.
Last week: 2 GP: 24.5 mins/13.5 pts/8.0 rebs/1.5 asts
Last rank: 6
And, I might add, he was the only Bucks’ starter to NOT commit a turnover during those three games. In fact, Mirza Teletovic and Henson were the only two Bucks to play more than three minutes over the course of the week without turning it over once.
Last week: 3 GP: 20.7 mins/10.0 pts/1.3 rebs/2.0 asts
Last rank: 8
The Commander-in-Chief was a SCORCHING 6/7 from behind the arc and if he starts to become dead-eye shooter on top of his overall solid play on both sides of the ball, it’s danger time for the rest of the NBA. Putting Giannis and Brogdon on the floor together has already proven to be a solid duo, so just imagine when Brogdon starts hitting all of his open threes.
Last week: 3 GP: 31.0 mins/10.3 pts/4.7 rebs/0.3 asts
Last rank: 4
Combining this reasonable scoring output with his defense and solid rebounding for the shooting guard position, Snell had a pretty good week. Not great, but he was pretty good.
Last week: 3 GP: 28.7 pts/7.3 pts/2.3 rebs/7.7 asts
Last rank: 5
He was also able to limit his turnovers this week to just five, settling down what had been a struggling number for him. And although fans are still wondering where Delly’s shot has gone, he did stroke the three at a 38.5% rate this week, which is just about what the team expected entering the year.
Last week: 3 GP: 20.3 mins/11.0 pts/7.7 rebs/2.0 asts
Last rank: 11
As always, these small sample sizes are nothing to draw definitive conclusions from, but Monroe and Beasley are making the Bucks bench not only deep, but formidable.
Last week: 3 GP: 31.0 mins/13.7 pts/5.0 rebs/1.7 asts
Last rank: 2
The scoring will come. Major Cat is born to get buckets, and that average will shoot back up to where it belongs soon. As for his ball security, it is slightly concerning that he turned the ball over four times this week while only handing out five assists. Yes, he plays the forward position, but he needs to take better care of the ball than that.
Last week: 3 GP: 19.3 mins/10.7 pts/5.3 rebs/1.7 asts
Last rank: 3
He also tallied more total rebounds than Jabari Parker this week, despite playing 35 (!!!) less minutes. It might not seem like a good sign that a bench player is at #2 in this week’s Player Rankings, but Beasley definitely has earned it. In fact, he has even looked pretty solid on the defensive end of the floor, making several nice plays against LeBron James.
Last week: 3 GP: 33.3 mins/27.0 pts/9.0 rebs/6.7 asts
Last rank: 1
He’ll figure it out though. The kid just always seems to get better. Other than finishing second behind Delly in assists, Giannis once again led the team in every single other statistical category. The team runs through Giannis, and he is ready to lead the team forward.
Check back next week for another edition of the Bucks’ Player Power Rankings!
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