Player News - Bucks

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Bucks F Khris Middleton had a cyst removed on Wednesday and will be out for a few days, according to coach Jason Kidd.

It's unfortunate timing for Middleton, who is trying to establish himself in Kidd's wing rotation, but at least it doesn't sound like a serious issue. Middleton is uncertain what his role will be this season, and the competition he faces for minutes is enough reason to avoid him on draft day.
Oct 1 - 1:50 PM

O.J. Mayo wouldn't discuss his weight with reporters on Tuesday, but he said he tried juice and salad diets during the summer.

Mayo is coming off a disastrous 2013-14 season and he has a lot to prove under coach Jason Kidd this year. "Last year is dead and buried," said Mayo. "You all can dig it up if you want ... I want to talk about basketball, talk about training camp and this upcoming season." Kidd praised Mayo's high basketball IQ and competitive spirit, but fantasy owners shouldn't view him as more than a flier pick in deep leagues.
Sep 30 - 2:57 PM

Ersan Ilyasova deemed himself ready for the start of the 2014-15 season.

Speaking at Bucks' training camp, Ilyasova said that he is "110 percent." While Ilyasova may have high hopes for himself, we recommend letting another fantasy owner take a flier on the 27-year-old as he attempts to reboundn from a horrendous 2013-14 campaign during which he only averaged 11.2 points and 6.2 rebounds on 40.9 percent shooting.
Sep 30 - 12:47 PM

Brandon Knight said he's a point guard and is "going to be on the court as a point guard."

"I know I'm going to be on the court because I'm going to show it in training camp, like I showed last year and like I show all the time," Knight said. There's a chance he moves over to shooting guard and coach Jason Kidd said he could use a committee at the point this season. Knight isn't very efficient and doesn't do much on the stat sheet besides score, so he's only a late-round pick in standard formats.
Sep 30 - 1:39 AM

John Henson said he has no idea what his role is going to be with the Bucks this season.

"I just have to come to play in training camp, and hopefully I'll be in a position to help the team," Henson said. There are some reports that he will start ahead of Larry Sanders, but it's a total guessing game right now -- just like all five of the starting spots. Henson is a high-upside player to take at the end of drafts despite his ineptitude on offense.
Sep 30 - 1:35 AM

O.J. Mayo was not available for media day on Monday because he was getting a physical.

On the first day of camp, we're already getting questions about Mayo's health and conditioning. He was perhaps the biggest letdown of any player last year and has his work cut out for himself to get back on the radar in most leagues.
Sep 30 - 12:53 AM

Bucks rookie forward Damien Inglis told media that he expects to miss about a month as he continues to recover from a fractured foot.

He was originally expected to be ready by training camp, but it appears the injury is a bit more serious than initially reported. Inglis will be entering a very crowded backcourt when he is finally able to play, and it's very unlikely we will be a reliable fantasy asset during his rookie season. Owners in redraft leagues can safely ignore Inglis heading into drafts.
Sep 29 - 3:40 PM

Coach Jason Kidd said Larry Sanders will be the anchor of the defense and is "one of our leaders."

It's still unclear if he's going to start and there have been some reports of John Henson getting the nod. Sanders had a disastrous 2013-14 and hopefully a new coach can get him back on track. He's a risky selection later in fantasy drafts.
Sep 29 - 2:45 PM

Coach Jason Kidd said he wouldn't mind a committee at point guard with Kendall Marshall, Brandon Knight and Jerryd Bayless.

It makes a lot of sense to bump Knight to shooting guard considering he's one of the worst point guards with respect to assist:turnover ratio. Marshall is one of the better passers in the league and they may need him to run the offense with so much inexperience on their team. It's also interesting that Kidd did not mention Giannis Antetokounmpo.
Sep 29 - 2:17 PM

Coach Jason Kidd said he saw O.J. Mayo before training camp.

"He's breathing," Kidd said. "I don't think we have to revive him." Coach Larry Drew just gave up on Mayo last season and it's unclear what Kidd will do. Their entire starting five is a total guess right now, but Giannis Antetokounmpo said he probably won't play shooting guard as much. The only double-double Mayo had last season was probably a cheeseburger, so he's not worth drafting until proven otherwise.
Sep 29 - 2:14 PM

Coach Jason Kidd said Gary Payton will not mentor Giannis Antetokounmpo.

"Gary at some point might come in and talk, but we're not going to hire him," Kidd said. Antetokounmpo said in a previous interview he is likely going to play small forward and point guard, so his role is still unclear. It's also worth mentioning he didn't say anything about shooting guard, so that position is murky, as well. Antetokounmpo is a high-risk, high-reward pick late in fantasy drafts.
Source: CBS Sports
Sep 26 - 12:32 PM

Giannis Antetokounmpo said that he was not "shocked" about the possibility of seeing minutes at point guard for the Bucks next season.

"It’s something that I feel comfortable with and I’ll play wherever Coach wants me to play, " he said. The Greek Freak also mentioned that the endorsement from his new head coach and future hall-of-fame point guard Jason Kidd has only helped his confidence. "When it’s Coach Kidd who thinks that I can play point guard. That makes me feel like, ‘I can play it. I can play point guard.’ I’m going to try my best and just listen to Coach." Antetokounmpo played some point in the Summer League with mixed results. At 6'11" he could be one of the most versatile players in the NBA next season.
Sep 25 - 2:32 PM

Jabari Parker said that he is more comfortable playing the power forward position in the NBA.

"As of right now I'm more comfortable with the 4 position," Parker said. "That's where I played previously, before getting drafted, at Duke. I played a lot of 4. Even in high school. I know this is a different level." Parker will likely see big minutes at both forward positions and has good chance to take home the Rookie of the Year Award. Going into fall fantasy drafts, the 19-year-old should be the first rookie selected by owners in redraft and dynasty leagues.
Sep 25 - 9:20 AM

Ersan Ilyasova is hoping for a bounce-back season following a disastrous 2013-14 campaign.

"Last year I just came from the European Championship to training camp. I think it was really too much on my body. It was really bad, and I kind of rushed myself to come back the first game of the season," said Ilyasova. "This summer I spent a lot of time fixing my ankle. Hopefully this season I start on a new page, with a lot of energy and power." Ersan, simply put, was horrible last season on his way to averages of 11.2 points, 6.2 rebounds, 0.7 three-pointers while shooting an abysmal 40.9 percent from the field, and only suiting up for 55 games. He'll look to turn things around this year, but we'd recommend letting someone else deal with him come draft day.
Sep 22 - 4:26 PM

Jason Kidd hinted during a recent interview that going into training camp, no one on the Bucks' roster is a designated starter.

"There's a lot of open positions in the sense of starting," Kidd said. "Minutes are wide open." The Bucks are going to be bad again this season, and probably the only person guaranteed a starting position is Jabari Parker. It'll be interesting to see how Kidd's rotations develop over training camp and preseason, and we'll be monitoring the situation closely.
Sep 22 - 4:03 PM

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