Many NBA superstars will beg off playing in preseason games. Antetokounmpo asked to play more minutes in Milwaukee's game against Chicago last Friday so he could knock off some rust. All he did was score 24 points on 7-of-10 shooting in 22 minutes. It's going to be a fun season, isn't it?
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Davante Adams, Packers wide receiver (↑ UP)
Dude takes a punishing helmet-to-helmet hit, is sent to the hospital and then 10 days later has seven receptions and two touchdowns, including the game-winner with 11 seconds left. Now there's talk that Adams could get a big, Dez Bryant-like contract. Yeah, his stock is up.
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Jonathan Taylor, Badgers running back (↑ UP)
We're not sure how much higher the stock in Taylor can get after he rushed for 249 yards -- his second 200+-yard effort in his first five games -- and two touchdowns in Saturday's win over Nebraska, but now he's starting to get a little national attention.
Jazz Peavy, Badgers wide receiver (↓ DOWN)
Soon we're going to see Peavy's mug on the side of a milk carton. Last year's leading receiver for Wisconsin has just five catches this season. In Big Ten play, he has one reception for minus-1 yard. Peavy has been targeted just 10 times -- which is fifth on the team and the jet sweep, which worked so well in 2016, has needed him just seven yards on three tries.
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Nigel Hayes and Bronson Koenig, former Badgers (-- > EVEN)
Two key players from the past four Wisconsin NCAA tournament teams are both on NBA rosters in training camp. That's the good news. Hayes is averaging just 1.5 points in 7.5 minutes of action for the New York Knicks in four preseason games. Still, that's better than Koenig, who has played all of one minute. Both seem ticketed for possible G League roster spots, although that would at least keep them in the NBA conversation.