Young Bucks Tracker: Brogdon’s presidential performance

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With two-thirds of the roster born in 1990 or later, 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 19th edition of the 2016-17 Young Bucks Tracker.

(A glossary of the advanced statistics used for season totals, which are from basketball-reference.com. can be found at the end of this article)

GIANNIS ANTETOKOUNMPO (Age 22, fourth season)

Statistical season averages: 35.5 minutes, 23.1 points, 8.5 rebounds, 5.3 assists, 1.7 steals, 1.9 blocks, 52.6 FG%, 28.7 3PT%.

Statistical averages, last week: 36.4 minutes, 24.5 points, 9.5 rebounds, 3.5 assists, 1.3 steals, 1.8 blocks, 56.1 FG%, 40.0 3PT%.

Advanced stats, season: 26.3 PER, 60.4 percent TS%, 28.1 percent USG%, 117 ORtg, 104 DRtg, 6.5 VORP

Notable: There’s not much left to say about Antetokounmpo. He scores, he rebounds and he nearly averaged a double-double last week. He dropped 34 points and 13 rebounds on the Atlanta Hawks and we all just sort of shrugged our shoulders. Giannis, right?

 

MALCOLM BROGDON (Age 24, first season)

Statistical season averages: 26.5 minutes, 10.3 points, 2.8 rebounds, 4.3 assists, 1.1 steals, 0.2 blocks, 45.8 FG%, 40.4 3PT%.

Statistical averages, last week: 30.8 minutes, 14.5 points, 3.5 rebounds, 7.5 assists, 1.0 steals, 0.3 blocks, 54.5 FG%, 37.5 3PT%.

Advanced stats, season: 14.9 PER, 55.8 percent TS%, 18.4 percent USG%, 112 ORtg, 111 DRtg, 0.8 VORP

Notable: We could talk about his well-rounded week, statistically, but you don’t want to read about that. You saw the fadeaway. I saw the fadeaway. Celtics guard Avery Bradley definitely saw the fadeaway. Brogdon has gone from an also-ran in the Rookie of the Year discussion to one of the frontrunners, and with just a few games left to state his case, The President is campaigning hard.

 

THON MAKER (Age 20, first season)

Statistical season averages: 8.4 minutes, 3.3 points, 1.6 rebounds, 0.4 assists, 0.2 steals, 0.4 blocks, 43.5 FG%, 37.7 3PT%.

Statistical averages, last week: 10.8 minutes, 2.8 points, 1.5 rebounds, 1.0 assists, 0.0 steals, 1.0 blocks, 62.5 FG%, 00.0 3PT%.

Advanced stats, season: 13.3 PER, 54.1 percent TS%, 17.8 percent USG%, 112 ORtg, 110 DRtg, 0.0 VORP

Notable: Maker started all four games this week but topped 10 minutes in just two of them. He showed off his defensive potential in the Bucks’ win over the Hawks, swatting down Dwight Howard at the rim.

 

KHRIS MIDDLETON (Age 25, fifth season)

Statistical season averages: 29.7 minutes, 15.0 points, 3.9 rebounds, 3.5 assists, 1.5 steals, 0.3 blocks, 46.0 FG%, 43.6 3PT%.

Statistical averages, last week: 33.9 minutes, 13.3 points, 5.0 rebounds, 2.8 assists, 2.3 steals, 0.3 blocks, 33.9 FG%, 27,8 3PT%.

Advanced stats: 16.2 PER, 58.1 percent TS%, 23.3 percent USG%, 108 ORtg, 109 DRtg, 0.3 VORP.

Notable: Middleton bounced back nicely after an off night against the Hawks, averaging 15.7 points per game the rest of the way and going 8-for-14 from the field in the Celtics game.

 

TONY SNELL (Age 25, fourth season)

Statistical season averages: 29.1 minutes, 8.6 points, 3.2 rebounds, 1.2 assists, 0.6 steals, 0.2 blocks, 45.9 FG%, 40.3 3PT%.

Statistical averages, last week: 32.3 minutes, 12.3 points, 1.3 rebounds, 1.0 assists, 0.8 steals, 0.0 blocks, 50.0 FG%, 39.1 3PT%.

Advanced stats: 9.9 PER, 60.7 percent TS%, 12.1 percent USG%, 115 ORtg, 113 DRtg, 0.6 VORP.

Notable: Snell turned in his best performance of the season Tuesday against Charlotte, scoring 26 points and going 10-for-14 from the field while hitting four 3-pointers.

 

RASHAD VAUGHN (Age 20, second season)

Statistical season averages: 10.6 minutes, 3.2 points, 1.3 rebounds, 0.4 assists, 0.4 steals, 0.3 blocks, 36.1 FG%, 32.4 3PT%.

Statistical averages, last week: 1.45 minutes, 0.0 points, 1.0 rebounds, 0.0 assists, 0.0 steals, 0.0 blocks, 0.0 FG%, 0.0 3PT%.

Advanced stats, season: 7.8 PER, 45.2 percent TS%, 16.2 percent USG%, 90 ORtg, 110 DRtg, -0.3 VORP.

Notable: Vaughn made one appearance last week, playing just under two minutes in a loss to Chicago grabbing one defensive board.

 

Out for the season: Jabari Parker.

 

GLOSSARY OF TERMS

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.