Breaking down the Bucks in 2019 NBA Las Vegas Summer League
FOX Sports Wisconsin
The Milwaukee Bucks went 2-2 in the regular portion of this year’s summer league, which wasn’t good enough to qualify for the eight-team tournament. Instead, the Bucks played one consolation game and lost to Portland, leaving their record at 2-3, the same amount of wins they had last year in Las Vegas.
Milwaukee had no draft picks this year and last year’s first-round selection, Donte DiVincenzo, wasn’t on the roster due to injury. But both members of the 2017 draft class, D.J. Wilson and Sterling Brown, played as did several other hopefuls who tried to make an impression on Milwaukee coaches and perhaps earn a rookie contract, two-way deal or even an assignment to the Wisconsin Herd.
So, who made an impression this summer for the Bucks? Let's delve in a little deeper into Milwaukee's summer-league results.
Most valuable player: Jock Landale
The Australian and former St. Mary’s star led the Bucks in both points (18.2) and rebounds (7.0) while averaging just 26.0 minutes per game. He also shot 55.3% from the field and was 8 of 18 (44.4%) on his 3-point attempts. The 6-foot-11, 255-pound Landale recently added the 3-point shot to his arsenal. His eight made 3s were as many as he made in his four years at St. Mary’s (8-for-29). A big man shooting from the outside in the Bucks’ offense? Hm, sounds familiar. Landale, who played for Serbia last year, didn’t play in the Bucks’ consolation game. For what it’s worth, he’s said he’d rather go back and play in Europe than sign a two-way contract.
Most surprising player: D.J. Wilson
Usually this selection is a good surprise. Not this year. Wilson showed flash of potential when given a chance in his second season in the NBA after barely playing as a rookie. Headed to the summer league for a third straight year, one might have expected him to continue that path going against (mainly) rookies and NBA hopefuls. Instead, in the three games he appeared in, Wilson averaged just 6.0 points and 3.7 rebounds in 23.5 minutes per game while shooting a poor 24.0% from the field (20.0% from 3).
Best flash of potential: Elijah Bryant
Every team needs shooters and Bryant proved he can do that -- and more. Playing in four games, Bryant started three times, averaging 14.3 points, 4.0 rebounds and 3.3 assists over 23.5 minutes per game. He was second in both points and assists on the Bucks despite being fourth in minutes. Bryant shot 52.9% from the field and made 6 of his 12 3-point attempts, which gave him a 61.8% effective field-goal percentage and 68.0% true shooting percentage. Bryant got to the line 18 times -- 4.5 free-throw attempts per game -- and made 15 (83.3%). The 6-4 guard also had 13 assists and just six turnovers. In other words, he just about did it all.
Underdog worth watching: Bonzie Colson
Colson was on a two-way contract with Milwaukee last season and received two starts, posting a double-double in each. It’s no surprise that Colson got an extended look in the summer league, playing in all five games and starting three, averaging 22.5 minutes. As is his reputation, the 6-5 Colson showed he could both score (13.2 ppg) and rebound (5.2 rpg). He also got to the line 5.0 times per game, which was tied for the team high. Perhaps he’s line for more playing time with the Bucks in 2019-20.
Dark horse candidate: Daulton Hommes
The 6-8 forward lit it up in college … at the Division 2 level (last season with Point Loma). He did nothing to dispel the notion that he can be an effective shooter at the next level, too. Hommes played in all five games and averaged 8.4 points over 17.7 minutes. He led all Bucks players with a 56.0% field-goal percentage. He also was 7 of 15 (46.7%) on his 3-point attempts and made all seven of his free-throw attempts, resulting in an impressive 70.0% effective field-goal percentage and 74.8% true shooting percentage. He did have five steals, but only eight rebounds (all defensive) and four assists, so Hommes might be a bit one-dimensional. But what a dimension. (Plus, he’s a great story, having missed two years in high school due to torn ACLs. He’s an easy guy to root for.)