Young Bucks Tracker: Feb. 11 edition
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 25 years old and younger (for the most part, those still in their first four NBA seasons), measuring, highlighting and evaluating their progress.
This is the 13th 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 (14.0), 7.0 rebounds (4.5), 2.8 assists (1.0), 1.1 steals (1.5), 1.2 blocks (2.0), 34.6 minutes (35.0), 50.8 FG% (50.0), 23.1 3PT% (33.3).
Advanced stats, season: 16.6 PER, 57.1 percent TS%, 21.3 percent USG%, 107 ORtg, 108 DRtg, 1.1 VORP.
Notable: It wasn't a spectacular week for Antetokounmpo, but it was nevertheless a solid one, with a pair of 14-points performances while shooting 50 percent from the field in each of the Bucks' two games. He remains one of just five players in the NBA averaging 15+ points, 1+ blocks and 1+ steals per game.
MICHAEL CARTER-WILLIAMS (Age 24, third season)
Statistical season averages (last week): 11.6 points (13.0), 5.1 rebounds (6.0), 5.5 assists (4.5), 1.6 steals (2.0), 0.7 blocks (0.5), 30.6 minutes (27.5), 45.5 FG% (50.0), 29.5 3PT% (0.0).
Advanced stats, season: 14.8 PER, 50.0 percent TS%, 21.3 percent USG%, 97 ORtg, 107 DRtg, 0.6 VORP.
Notable: Carter-Williams, along with Greg Monroe, was sent to the bench vs. Boston but he (like Monroe) rose to the challenge, posting 16 points, six rebounds and five assists in the win. Perhaps lost in MCW's up-and-down season is that he's shooting the ball much better (including making 6 of 8 shots vs. the Celtics). His field-goal percentage is at 45.5 percent, compared to 39.6 last season, accounting for one of the top season-to-season differentials in the league.
TYLER ENNIS (Age 21, second season)
Statistical season averages (last week): 2.5 points (0.0), 1.0 rebounds (1.0), 1.0 assists (1.0), 0.3 steals (2.0), 0.0 blocks (0.0), 8.7 minutes (8.0), 40.0 FG% (n/a), 28.6 3PT% (n/a).
Advanced stats, season: 7.6 PER, 46.7 percent TS%, 17.2 percent USG%, 91 ORtg, 112 DRtg, -0.3 VORP.
Notable: Ennis played in only one of the two games last week, but instead of coming in when the game was out of hand, he was inserted in the first half to give Milwaukee a spark against Utah. While he didn't score, he did have two steals as the strategy worked. Ennis was a +7 during his brief time on the court.
JOHN HENSON (Age 25, fourth season)
Statistical season averages (last week): 6.8 points (n/a), 3.9 rebounds (n/a), 1.0 assists (n/a), 0.3 steals (n/a), 2.0 blocks (n/a), 16.7 minutes (n/a), 59.1 FG% (n/a), n/a 3PT% (n/a).
Advanced stats, season: 18.8 PER, 59.4 percent TS%, 18.5 percent USG%, 109 ORtg, 105 DRtg, 0.7 VORP.
Notable: A back injury continues to keep Henson sidelined, which is tough news for the Bucks as Henson is the team's best (only?) rim protector.
DAMIEN INGLIS (Age 20, first season)
Notable: The Westchester Knicks played three games last week. Inglis, still not in the starting lineup, played 19 minutes (5 points, 7 rebounds) in the first and 15 minutes (11 points, 6 rebounds) in the second. However, for Tuesday's game, Westchester got Thanasis Antetokounmpo back from the New York Knicks. The brother of the "Greek Freak" started and played 29 minutes. Inglis was a DNP-coach's decision. This bears watching. It is one thing to not play when you are in the NBA, another when you are in the NBDL.
KHRIS MIDDLETON (Age 24, fourth season)
Statistical season averages (last week): 17.7 points (19.0), 3.8 rebounds (5.5), 3.9 assists (3.5), 1.2 steals (1.5), 0.2 blocks (0.0), 36.1 minutes (39.0), 42.7 FG% (37.5), 40.6 3PT% (27.3).
Advanced stats, season: 15.6 PER, 54.9 percent TS%, 22.8 percent USG%, 108 ORtg, 112 DRtg, 0.8 VORP.
Notable: Middleton continues to struggle with his shot -- double-teams and contested jumpers will do that -- having not made more than 37.5 percent of his attempts in six straight games. But he did have games of 18 and 20 points last week and continues to play a good overall all-around game.
JOHNNY O'BRYANT (Age 22, second season)
Statistical season averages (last week): 3.3 points (2.0), 2.9 rebounds (3.0), 0.6 assists (0.0), 0.3 steals (0.0), 0.1 blocks (0.0), 14.3 minutes (15.0), 41.0 FG% (20.0), 1.000 3PT% (n/a).
Advanced stats, season: 7.6 PER, 44.2 percent TS%, 13.6 percent USG%, 95 ORtg, 111 DRtg, -0.6 VORP.
Notable: Like Ennis, O'Bryant got some time against Utah -- his 14:43 was his most playing time of the month -- but also like Ennis he didn't play against Boston. As Jason Kidd continues to look for ways to change things up and get the Bucks in a groove, O'Bryant might be one of the odd guys out.
JABARI PARKER (Age 20, second season)
Statistical season averages (last week): 11.2 points (6.0), 4.6 rebounds (3.5), 1.4 assists (1.0), 0.8 steals (0.5), 0.4 blocks (0.5), 28.6 minutes (30.0), 48.6 FG% (33.3), 0.0 3PT% (n/a).
Advanced stats, season: 13.8 PER, 52.3 percent TS%, 18.6 percent USG%, 106 ORtg, 111 DRtg, -0.2 VORP.
Notable: We're going to just chalk this up to a bad week. Keep in mind Parker played in only 25 games last season and is already up to 47 in 2015-16. He's someone who could perhaps use the All-Star break the most.
RASHAD VAUGHN (Age 19, first season)
Statistical season averages (last week): 2.6 points (1.5), 1.2 rebounds (1.0), 0.4 assists (0.0), 0.3 steals (0.0), 0.2 blocks (0.0), 11.7 minutes (12.0), 31.5 FG% (33.3), 35.2 3PT% (50.0).
Advanced stats, season: 4.6 PER, 42.9 percent TS%, 12.9 percent USG%, 86 ORtg, 112 DRtg, -0.6 VORP.
Notable: Vaughn didn't get as many minutes as last week, but he remains in the rotation. Plus, he made half of his 3-point attempts (OK, 1 of 2, but that's why he's on the court). After having a negative +/- for nine straight games, Vaughn has been in the positives the last three (a combined +13).
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