Young Bucks Tracker: Jan. 28 edition

BY Dave Heller • January 28, 2016

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 11th 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 (17.7), 7.2 rebounds (7.0), 2.8 assists (2.0), 1.0 steals (1.3), 1.2 blocks (1.0), 34.2 minutes (33.3), 51.1 FG% (63.9), 22.8 3PT% (n/a).

Advanced stats, season: 16.9 PER, 57.5 percent TS%, 21.4 percent USG%, 107 ORtg, 108 DRtg, 1.0 VORP.

Notable: Might we finally be seeing a consistent Antetokounmpo? His string of double-figure scoring games reached eight and he continues to shoot the ball well (50 percent or better in four straight and seven of the last eight). In Tuesday's win over Orlando, he fell one rebound shy of his eighth double-double (25 points, 9 rebounds).

MICHAEL CARTER-WILLIAMS (Age 24, third season)

Statistical season averages (last week): 11.7 points (11.7), 4.9 rebounds (6.0), 5.6 assists (5.0), 1.6 steals (1.7), 0.7 blocks (0.7), 31.0 minutes (35.3), 44.8 FG% (48.4), 33.3 3PT% (0.0).

Advanced stats, season: 14.6 PER, 49.3 percent TS%, 21.6 percent USG%, 96 ORtg, 107 DRtg, 0.5 VORP.

Notable: The enigma that is MCW continues. After seeing his playing time slip, Carter-Williams saw over 32 minutes of court action in all three games last week, including 37:59 vs. Orlando. The result, however, were mixed: A double-double (11 points, 12 rebounds) at Houston was tempered by 4-of-11 shooting; 19 points at New Orleans on 9-of-12 shooting but, for the second straight game 5 assists and 4 turnovers; just 5 points on 2-of-8 shooting vs. the Magic. The talent is there, of course, but the inconsistency can be maddening.

TYLER ENNIS (Age 21, second season)

Statistical season averages (last week): 2.9 points (2.0), 0.9 rebounds (0.0), 1.0 assists (1.0), 0.2 steals (0.0), 0.1 blocks (0.0), 9.3 minutes (3.0), 40.4 FG% (1.000), 30.8 3PT% (n/a).

Advanced stats, season: 7.2 PER, 46.4 percent TS%, 17.8 percent USG%, 91 ORtg, 113 DRtg, -0.3 VORP.

Notable: Injuries to O.J. Mayo and Greivis Vasquez are likely keeping Ennis from being sent to the NBDL, but on the other hand it isn't getting him any court time. He saw some garbage time in the loss at New Orleans last week and that's it. He did, however, make his first field goal since Dec. 26.

JOHN HENSON (Age 25, fourth season)

Statistical season averages (last week): 6.8 points (4.7), 3.9 rebounds (3.7), 1.0 assists (2.3), 0.3 steals (0.0), 2.0 blocks (2.0), 16.7 minutes (16.7), 59.1 FG% (50.0), 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: Henson continues to make the most of his limited minutes. He had eight points and six rebounds in 18:14 at Houston and then three rebounds, four assists (a season high) and four blocks vs. Orlando in 16:39, although he also fouled out.

DAMIEN INGLIS (Age 20, first season)

Notable: Inglis still isn't starting for the NBDL's Westchester Knicks, but he's seeing a lot of playing time and is producing. In two games last week, Inglis had 31 points on 12-of-24 shooting (including 4 of 9 3-pointers) with nine rebounds and eight assists. He also played 58 minutes -- or more than he's seen with the Bucks all season (42).

KHRIS MIDDLETON (Age 24, fourth season)

Statistical season averages (last week): 17.9 points (22.7), 3.6 rebounds (4.3), 4.0 assists (6.3), 1.1 steals (0.7), 0.2 blocks (0.3), 36.0 minutes (37.3), 44.4 FG% (43.1), 42.4 3PT% (38.9).

Advanced stats, season: 16.6 PER, 56.9 percent TS%, 22.1 percent USG%, 112 ORtg, 112 DRtg, 1.0 VORP.

Notable: Middleton continues to re-invent himself. While he obviously has become the team's go-to scorer -- his streak of 20+-point games reached seven (and 10 of the last 11), he has had seven assists in three of his last four games (and five in the other) and seven rebounds in two of the last four, plus another with five. While his field-goal percentage has taken a little bit of a dip, in the last five contests Middleton is 23 of 23 from the line, including making all 11 of his free throws against Orlando.

JOHNNY O'BRYANT (Age 22, second season)

Statistical season averages (last week): 3.5 points (2.7), 3.0 rebounds (3.0), 0.6 assists (0.3), 0.3 steals (0.0), 0.2 blocks (0.3), 14.6 minutes (13.7), 43.2 FG% (36.4), 1.000 3PT% (n/a).

Advanced stats, season: 8.4 PER, 46.5 percent TS%, 13.5 percent USG%, 98 ORtg, 111 DRtg, -0.4 VORP.

Notable: O'Bryant played 15:35 in each of Milwaukee's first two games of the week and then 10:19 vs. Orlando, which was also Jason Kidd's first game back. Let's see how that plays out.

JABARI PARKER (Age 20, second season)

Statistical season averages (last week): 11.4 points (12.0), 4.6 rebounds (7.3), 1.4 assists (2.7), 0.8 steals (0.7), 0.4 blocks (1.3), 28.0 minutes (35.7), 48.8 FG% (58.3), 0.0 3PT% (n/a).

Advanced stats, season: 14.6 PER, 52.7 percent TS%, 19.1 percent USG%, 108 ORtg, 111 DRtg, -0.1 VORP.

Notable: Parker's stats might not be overwhelming, but he's done enough this season for the assistant coaches around the league to name him to the Rising Stars game. It was another solid week for Parker as he played in over 33 minutes in all three games, scoring in double figures in each, including a double-double (11 points, 10 rebounds) with four assists to boot against Houston. 

RASHAD VAUGHN (Age 19, first season)

Statistical season averages (last week): 2.3 points (1.0), 1.2 rebounds (1.0), 0.4 assists (0.3), 0.3 steals (0.0), 0.2 blocks (0.0), 11.2 minutes (10.7), 29.2 FG% (20.0), 35.2 3PT% (25.0).

Advanced stats, season: 4.0 PER, 40.5 percent TS%, 13.0 percent USG%, 82 ORtg, 112 DRtg, -0.5 VORP.

Notable: We don't mean to pick on the youngster, but he is the only player with 400 minutes this season in the NBA who is shooting under 30 percent from the field. Further, only six players who have played at least 20 games and average 10 or more minutes are shooting under 30 percent. While Vaughn did play 20 minutes against New Orleans, he combined for just over 11 minutes in the other two games, so perhaps the Bucks are wary of him losing too much confidence.

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