Player News - Bucks

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Giannis Antetokounmpo played 19 minutes against the Hawks on Saturday with five points, five boards and two blocks during a 90-85 loss.

He had some foul trouble tonight and coach Jason Kidd didn't really want to take out a hot Khris Middleton. Antetokounmpo's minutes have been solid with 30.1 per game over his previous 10 and he had been shooting the ball well at 53.5 percent in that span. In other words, he is fine.
Dec 28 - 12:58 AM

Jared Dudley scored nine points with five rebounds, three assists, two steals and one 3-pointer in 32 minutes against the Hawks on Saturday.

He had nowhere to go but down after his 10-of-10 from the field on Friday. Dudley is probably the most consistent wing besides Giannis Antetokounmpo, so he's at least worth a look for owners needing points and treys.
Dec 28 - 12:52 AM

It was Khris Middleton's turn for a big game on Saturday in a loss to the Hawks, scoring 21 points with five rebounds, one assist, one steal and five 3-pointers in 37 minutes.

It's almost like coach Jason Kidd is flipping a coin on who he's giving his minutes to. Middleton scored just two points on Friday and wasn't over 24 minutes in any of his previous four games, so it's hard to be bullish on him. He's not a waiver-wire target in standard leagues.
Dec 28 - 12:45 AM

John Henson blocked five shots against the Hawks on Saturday with five points and five boards in 19 minutes.

He's still not playing minutes at power forward, which limits his opportunity. Henson hasn't played more than 21 minutes in any game and it doesn't look like that'll change soon. The upside is nice, but coach Jason Kidd's rotation is just too messy.
Dec 28 - 12:42 AM

Kendall Marshall played 15 minutes in a start against the Hawks on Saturday with three points, one rebound and two turnovers.

He had a four-point, five-dime start on Friday, so the starting factor is trumped by the minute factor. Obviously that's almost always the case and Marshall is not worth owning in almost any league.
Dec 28 - 12:37 AM

Kendall Marshall, Brandon Knight, Giannis Antetokounmpo, Johnny O'Bryant and Zaza Pachulia are starting against the Hawks on Saturday.

This is the same lineup as Friday and coach Jason Kidd may have found his answer in the backcourt. Marshall is still nowhere near worthy of a grab in standard leagues.
Dec 27 - 6:59 PM

Ersan Ilyasova (concussion) is out for Saturday's game against the Hawks.

He reportedly suffered the concussion on Tuesday, but it is not related to his previously fractured nose. He has had some tough luck this season, but owners may want to hold onto him considering Jabari Parker (knee) is out for the season. Johnny O'Bryant will likely continue to start for now, but he has been way too inconsistent to rely upon in most leagues. John Henson played well in his return Friday, and is worth a look in deeper leagues for his upside.

Larry Sanders (illness) will not play against the Hawks on Saturday.

He keeps missing games for strange reasons and this will be his second consecutive DNP due to an illness. The Bucks will have to lean on Zaza Pachulia and John Henson to handle their minutes at center while Johnny O'Bryant should get another start at power forward. Sanders isn't a must-own player.
Dec 27 - 6:49 PM

Jared Dudley made NBA history during Friday's game, becoming the first player to hit 10 or more shots while connecting on three 3-pointers without a miss.

This arguably goes down as one of the craziest performances in the NBA this season, and if you played Jared Dudley in daily leagues you were more than likely handsomely rewarded. While Dudley will probably never come close to doing this again, he has earned a decent role in Milwaukee following the loss of Jabari Parker (leg) for the season. If you are in need of 3-pointers and steals, Dudley is worth a look.
Dec 27 - 10:17 AM

Zaza Pachulia started at center and scored 14 points with eight assists and three steals in the Bucks' blowout win over the Hawks in his old Atlanta stomping grounds.

Pachulia logged 26 minutes and he could play this much nightly if Ersan Ilyasova's concussion issue is serious, though we don't know that to be the case at this point. His value has been in the tank for the past two weeks so it's not a run-to-the-wire moment, but if everything breaks perfectly he could end up with some value.
Dec 27 - 1:53 AM

Kendall Marshall started at point guard in Friday's blowout win over the Hawks, scoring just four points on 2-of-6 shooting with five assists and two steals in 25 minutes.

Marshall is a terrible asset in standard leagues unless he is dominating touches and getting 35-plus minutes per game. That's not going to happen with this team barring a number of injuries .
Dec 27 - 1:41 AM

John Henson (foot) returned to action on Friday, logging 18 minutes on his way to five points, five boards, two assists, two steals and two blocks.

Henson did this damage in a garbage-time environment but not to the extent that we should totally discount this performance. He hasn't been able to stay healthy and his effectiveness has been a problem at times, but when playing at peak levels he has flashed plenty of upside. Ersan Ilyasova's concussion-related absence could help his stock and we don't want to get too high over one game, but he's worth a look as a speculative add.
Dec 27 - 1:37 AM

Jared Dudley tied an NBA season best shooting performance (Jarrett Jack) with 10-of-10 makes from the field, finishing with a season-high 24 points, four threes, four boards, two assists and a season-high four steals to boot.

Dudley logged 24 minutes off the bench and this has fluke written all over it. The Bucks just had a players only meeting and perhaps that boosted the veterans tonight, but the best we can say about Dudley is that he's worth a look. Ersan Ilyasova's sudden concussion-related absence could boost his profile, but one look at Dudley's game log is proof why owners shouldn't cut anybody of value here.
Dec 27 - 1:34 AM

O.J. Mayo scored 11 points off the bench on Friday, hitting 5-of-8 shots (including a three) with five rebounds and three assists in 20 minutes.

It didn't look like he'd be in the rotation at one point but he got into the game and made a little bit of noise, but this is the same exact stat line that has qualified as a 'good night' lately. Jason Kidd said he likes him coming off the bench after the game, too, so there's not a lot to like with Mayo's current situation.
Dec 27 - 1:31 AM

John Henson (foot) is expected to play against the Hawks on Friday.

He's been out for a month and hasn't played more than 21 minutes in a game all season, so the Bucks probably won't unleash him even with Ersan Ilyasova (concussion) and Larry Sanders (illness) out. Henson also doesn't play much power forward, so fantasy owners should take a wait-and-see approach.
Dec 26 - 6:43 PM


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