Young Bucks Tracker: Dec. 24 edition

BY Dave Heller • December 24, 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): 15.8 points (21.0), 6.7 rebounds (5.5), 3.0 assists (5.0), 0.9 steals (1.0), 1.1 blocks (1.5), 33.6 minutes (35.0), 51.2 FG% (66.7), 29.7 3PT% (n/a).

Advanced stats, season: 17.2 PER, 58.2 percent TS%, 21.7 percent USG%, 107 ORtg, 107 DRtg, 0.6 VORP.

Notable: Antetokounmpo missed one game due to left knee tendinitis, but played well in the two he did appear in. After having not posted 20+ points since Nov. 25, he tallied 20 and 22 this past week, and also got his field-goal percentage back over 50 percent for the season with a 20 for 30 effort.

MICHAEL CARTER-WILLIAMS (Age 24, third season)

Statistical season averages (last week): 12.2 points (20.7), 4.1 rebounds (6.3), 5.5 assists (6.3), 1.3 steals (2.0), 0.6 blocks (0.7), 29.9 minutes (35.7), 46.1 FG% (57.4), 27.3 3PT% (50.0).

Advanced stats, season: 14.5 PER, 50.6 percent TS%, 23.2 percent USG%, 95 ORtg, 108 DRtg, 0.1 VORP.

Notable: If we gave out an MVP of the past week, Carter-Williams easily would have earned that nod for his play in the last three games. He shot 50 percent or better and had five or more rebounds in each game, plus tallied 19 assists (4, 6 and 9). Carter-Williams has shot 50 percent or better in five of his last six games and seven of the last 10.

TYLER ENNIS (Age 21, second season)

Statistical season averages (last week): 3.8 points (6.5), 1.3 rebounds (0.5), 0.9 assists (0.5), 0.2 steals (0.0), 0.1 blocks (0.0), 11.1 minutes (6.5), 43.2 FG% (71.4), 36.4 3PT% (66.7).

Advanced stats, season: 8.0 PER, 50.6 percent TS%, 19.1 percent USG%, 89 ORtg, 111 DRtg, -0.2 VORP.

Notable: Ennis didn't play against Golden State, but got into the wins over Phoenix and Philadelphia. He played well in limited action (10 points vs. the 76ers), but he still is averaging just 3.0 assists per 36 minutes, which is tied for seventh on the Bucks (Carter-Williams is at 6.7 and the injured Greivis Vasquez 7.1).

DAMIEN INGLIS (Age 20, first season)

Statistical season averages (last week): 1.1 points (0.0) 1.1 rebounds (0.0), 0.3 assists (0.0), 0.3 steals (0.0), 0.0 blocks (0.0), 5.6 minutes (2.0), 25.0 FG% (n/a), 20.0 3PT% (n/a).

Advanced stats, season: 2.6 PER, 41.0 percent TS%, 16.1 percent USG%, 70 ORtg, 105 DRtg, -0.1 VORP.

Notable: Just like last week, Inglis got into just one game and played two minutes. His only stat: 1 turnover. Some more D-League time could be in his future.

JOHNNY O'BRYANT (Age 22, second season)

Statistical season averages (last week): 3.6 points (4.0), 3.1 rebounds (3.3), 0.8 assists (0.0), 0.4 steals (1.0), 0.2 blocks (0.0), 15.2 minutes (16.0), 41.6 FG% (46.2), 1.000 3PT% (n/a).

Advanced stats, season: 8.5 PER, 45.4 percent TS%, 13.7 percent USG%, 97 ORtg, 109 DRtg, -0.3 VORP.

Notable: O'Bryant had six points against both the Suns and 76ers -- but also had four fouls in each contest despite playing just 17:46 and 15:15. He'll continue to get some big-body minutes.

JABARI PARKER (Age 20, second season)

Statistical season averages (last week): 11.0 points (12.3), 4.1 rebounds (3.0), 1.3 assists (2.0), 0.7 steals (1.0), 0.4 blocks (1.0), 25.6 minutes (29.7), 49.1 FG% (53.3), 0.0 3PT% (0.0).

Advanced stats, season: 15.3 PER, 53.2 percent TS%, 19.9 percent USG%, 107 ORtg, 109 DRtg, -0.1 VORP.

Notable: It was a modest week for Parker, who padded his stats some with a 16-point effort -- on 8-of-10 shooting -- against the woeful 76ers. The good news is any minutes limit appears to be off, as Parker twice hit the 30-minute mark this past week.

RASHAD VAUGHN (Age 19, first season)

Statistical season averages (last week): 2.2 points (4.0), 1.0 rebounds (0.7), 0.3 assists (0.3), 0.3 steals (0.0), 0.1 blocks (0.0), 9.2 minutes (14.3), 28.3 FG% (33.3), 35.5 3PT% (57.1).

Advanced stats, season: 3.7 PER, 39.7 percent TS%, 16.1 percent USG%, 77 ORtg, 110 DRtg, -0.3 VORP.

Notable: In the win over Phoenix, O.J. Mayo told Rashan Vaughn to start shooting, and Vaughn did just that, nailing two big 3-pointers in the fourth quarter. Vaughn made four field-goals last week -- and all were 3-pointers. Maybe that little bit of confidence will help, although it should be noted he then made just 1 of 5 shots (1 of 4 from 3-point distance) against Philadelphia.

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