Young Bucks Tracker: Dec. 17 edition

BY Dave Heller • December 17, 2015

With two-thirds of the roster born after 1990, the Milwaukee Bucks are a young, growing team. Every Thursday for the rest of the season, FOX Sports Wisconsin will take a closer look at the players that are still in their first three NBA seasons, measuring, highlighting and evaluating their progress.

This is the fifth edition of the 2015-16 Young Bucks Tracker.

A glossary of the advanced statistics used for season totals:

PER -- Player Efficiency Rating: A measure of per-minute production standardized such that the league average is 15.

TS% -- True Shooting Percentage: A measure of shooting efficiency that takes into account 2-point field goals, 3-point field goals, and free throws.

USG% -- Usage Percentage: An estimate of the percentage of team plays used by a player while he was on the floor.

ORtg -- Offensive Rating: An estimate of points produced per 100 possessions.

DRtg -- Defensive Rating: An estimate of points allowed per 100 possessions.

VORP -- Value over Replacement Player: A box score estimate of the points per 100 TEAM possessions that a player contributed above a replacement-level (-2.0) player, translated to an average team and prorated to an 82-game season.

GIANNIS ANTETOKOUNMPO (Age 21, third season)

Statistical season averages (last week): 15.4 points (12.5), 6.8 rebounds (9.0), 2.8 assists (4.5), 0.8 steals (0.8), 1.1 blocks (0.8), 33.5 minutes (38.8), 49.7 FG% (46.7), 29.7 3PT% (40.0).

Advanced stats, season: 16.7 PER, 57.4 percent TS%, 21.6 percent USG%, 106 ORtg, 107 DRtg, 0.5 VORP.

Notable: Antetokounmpo's string of seven straight games with double-figure scoring came to an end Wednesday when he had just nine points against the Clippers. He also came off the bench in that game, although he still played nearly 34 minutes. Of course, there's always a positive note to The Greek Freak's weekly output, and last week he had games with 12 and 11 rebounds, after having just one double-digit rebounding performance all season, not to mention nearly having a triple-double in the big win over Golden State. Yeah, he's fun.

MICHAEL CARTER-WILLIAMS (Age 24, third season)

Statistical season averages (last week): 11.0 points (13.8), 3.8 rebounds (4.3), 5.4 assists (5.8), 1.2 steals (2.0), 0.6 blocks (0.5), 29.0 minutes (32.0), 43.8 FG% (47.2), 25.0 3PT% (0.0).

Advanced stats, season: 13.2 PER, 48.6 percent TS%, 22.7 percent USG%, 93 ORtg, 108 DRtg, -0.1 VORP.

Notable: Carter-Williams found his scoring touch the past few games, posting efforts of 17, 19 and 17 points (on the heels of a two-point game at Toronto). He also found himself back in the starting lineup against the Clippers, playing just over 39 minutes, his most playing time in a non-overtime game all season.

TYLER ENNIS (Age 21, second season)

Statistical season averages (last week): 3.3 points (1.0), 1.5 rebounds (0.5), 1.0 assists (0.0), 0.3 steals (0.5), 0.1 blocks (0.0), 11.9 minutes (6.5), 37.8 FG% (33.3), 25.0 3PT% (0.0).

Advanced stats, season: 5.7 PER, 44.4 percent TS%, 17.6 percent USG%, 83 ORtg, 111 DRtg, -0.2 VORP.

Notable:  After not playing in five consecutive games, Ennis played in the last two for the Bucks, although he combined for around just 12 minutes of on-court time.

Advanced stats, season: 4.3 PER, 41.0 percent TS%, 15.8 percent USG%, 76 ORtg, 105 DRtg, 0.0 VORP.

Notable: Back from the D-League, Inglis played in just one game and for two minutes at that. The Bucks need healthy bodies, so Inglis gets to ride the pine hoping for some playing time instead of getting valuable minutes in Canton.

JOHNNY O'BRYANT (Age 22, second season)

Statistical season averages (last week): 3.6 points (3.5), 3.1 rebounds (4.0), 0.8 assists (1.3), 0.3 steals (1.0), 0.2 blocks (0.3), 15.1 minutes (15.0), 40.9 FG% (33.3), 1.000 3PT% (n/a).

Advanced stats, season: 9.0 PER, 45.4 percent TS%, 12.5 percent USG%, 99 ORtg, 110 DRtg, -0.2 VORP.

Notable: O'Bryant continues to get modest playing time and has had his moments -- six rebounds at Toronto, seven rebounds at the Lakers and three steals at the Clippers -- but he sscored all of 14 points in four games. Milwaukee is searching for offensive answers. Remember when O'Bryant had a pair off 11-point games back in early November?

JABARI PARKER (Age 20, second season)

Statistical season averages (last week): 10.8 points (13.8), 4.3 rebounds (4.8), 1.1 assists (1.5), 0.7 steals (0.8), 0.4 blocks (0.5), 25.0 minutes (26.0), 48.5 FG% (50.0), 0.0 3PT% (0.0).

Advanced stats, season: 15.5 PER, 52.8 percent TS%, 20.2 percent USG%, 107 ORtg, 110 DRtg, -0.1 VORP.

Notable: After three straight games with 30+ minutes, Parker didn't reach that mark in four games last week. However, his shooting continues to improve as he shot 50 percent last week and has had double figures in points in eight straight games, 10 of the last 11 and 15 of the last 17.

RASHAD VAUGHN (Age 19, first season)

Statistical season averages (last week): 2.1 points (0.7), 1.1 rebounds (0.3), 0.3 assists (0.3), 0.4 steals (0.3), 0.2 blocks (0.0), 8.4 minutes (6.7), 28.6 FG% (0.0), 32.0 3PT% (0.0).

Advanced stats, season: 4.5 PER, 39.4 percent TS%, 16.8 percent USG%, 77 ORtg, 108 DRtg, -0.2 VORP.

Notable: Known as a shooter in college, Vaughn hasn't made a field goal since Dec. 2. Yikes. Maybe no surprise why he was a DNP against the Clippers in Milwaukee's last game.

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