Player News - Bucks

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Giannis Antetokounmpo scored 37 points during a 108-100 win in Boston on Wednesday, adding 13 rebounds, three assists, three steals and five turnovers in 37 minutes.

He's one of a kind and it turns out that his increased usage rate in the preseason may have been a big hint that this offense is coming -- he had a 39.6 usage rate tonight and it was 34.2 in the preseason. Coach Jason Kidd has said all along it'll be Giannis stepping it up even more, and he didn't change his tune tonight. "We always hold the bar high for Giannis, but for his opening day performance he set the bar high now and we’re going to hold him to that," Kidd said. The Greek Freak sure looks like fantasy's No. 1 player.
Oct 19 - 12:21 AM

Khris Middleton scored 15 points with nine rebounds, six assists, two steals and one 3-pointer in 43 minutes against the Celtics on Wednesday.

Unlike last year when he started the season rehabbing a torn hamstring, Middleton is clearly healthy. He's expected to handle the ball more and he's shot will fall more often than it did tonight -- he was 6-of-17 from the field. He won't get the attention Giannis Antetokounmpo, but Middleton should be viewed as an early-round asset.
Oct 19 - 12:02 AM

Malcolm Brogdon scored 19 points with one rebound, four assists and three 3-pointers in 41 minutes against the Celtics on Wednesday.

He's had some success in Boston with a strong finish in a March game. Brogdon was very efficient in the second half last year, making 49.7 percent from the field for 12.5 points and 1.3 treys per game. While he is technically the point guard, he won't be running the offense much while the team is healthy. Still, the 24-year-old guard will have a high floor and should be owned in all leagues.
Oct 18 - 11:54 PM

Thon Maker scored two points with three rebounds and one steal in 13 minutes against the Celtics on Wednesday.

He only played 13.7 minutes per game as a starter last season, so this is right on par with his rookie campaign. Maker may eventually get himself over 20 minutes this season, but he still isn't going to be able to do enough on the stat sheet to trust as anything more than a stash in deep leagues.
Oct 18 - 11:37 PM

John Henson scored five points with six rebounds, two assists and four blocks in 17 minutes against the Celtics on Wednesday.

The playing time is a little misleading because Greg Monroe had to go to the locker room, but he was able to return. With Thon Maker set to start every game he's available, it'll be really tough to count on Henson on a nightly basis.
Oct 18 - 11:26 PM

Greg Monroe scored 10 points with six rebounds and one assist in 17 minutes against the Celtics on Wednesday.

He had the low playing time because he had to go to the locker room after he was hit in the face, but Monroe was able to check back in. Monroe played in 81 games last year at 22.5 per outing, and he could be looking for a similar amount of playing time this year. Although, maybe Thon Maker earns more minutes, so Monroe is really just a low-upside player to have at the end of your bench.
Oct 18 - 11:22 PM

Matthew Dellavedova scored 15 points with one rebound, one assist and two 3-pointers in 26 minutes against the Celtics on Wednesday.

Coach Jason Kidd can play Malcolm Brogdon at three different spots and Dellavedova can also play in two spots, so there could be minutes for the Aussie guard. Still, he couldn't really string games together last year and he won't be asked to do much outside of hit treys on offense.
Oct 18 - 11:19 PM

Greg Monroe (face) is headed to the locker room.

Monroe got hit in the face and after being briefly checked out on the bench, he went back to the locker room with some trainers. While there was some blood, it didn't look like anything all that serious, and we should have another update soon.
Oct 18 - 8:05 PM

Thon Maker will start at center for Wednesday's season opener against the Celtics.

The Bucks will roll out a starting five featuring Malcolm Brogdon, Tony Snell, Khris Middleton, Giannis Antetokounmpo and Maker on Wednesday, and it'll be interesting to see what Maker's minutes look like in his second NBA season. As a starter last year, Maker averaged just 13.7 minutes per game, and the center position in Milwaukee will likely remain complicated with Greg Monroe and John Henson all vying for minutes at the five-spot.

The Bucks have claimed DeAndre Liggins off waivers.

Liggins will help bring some depth to Milwaukee's backcourt, but he's not going to be a factor in fantasy hoops. This move also suggests that the Bucks are out of the Richard Jefferson sweepstakes.
Oct 16 - 5:31 PM

Bucks coach Jason Kidd said Thon Maker bulked up over the offseason "to endure the banging inside and prevent him from being pushed around."

"It’s going to help me out on the offensive end, too," Maker said of the added muscle. "When I am making moves, little bumps don’t bother me. And I will be able to finish through contact." An ankle issue limited Maker to one preseason game, but he fared well with eight points, eight rebounds, two assists and two triples in 26 minutes. He's projected to start at center, but Kidd's crazy rotations may make it tough for Maker to produce consistent value.
Source: USA Today
Oct 16 - 10:56 AM

The Heat waived DeAndre Liggins, Erik McCree and Tony Mitchell.

Liggins was signed on Oct. 10 and even got the start on Friday, but not even the injury to Rodney McGruder could help him make the roster.
Source: NBA.com
Oct 14 - 2:22 PM

In his second and final preseason game, Giannis Antetokounmpo piled up 17 points, six rebounds, six assists, one steal and five blocked shots in just 27 minutes.

Giannis recorded two of his blocks on the same possession vs. Andre Drummond (see link below), and he came within two swats of his career-high seven blocks vs. the Bulls last December. Antetokounmpo sat out EuroBasket this summer due to a vague knee injury, but it never sounded serious. He's on the brink of a phenomenal fantasy campaign and is in the discussion for the No. 1 pick in most formats.
Source: NBA.com
Oct 14 - 12:09 AM

John Henson came off the Bucks' bench on Friday for four points, two rebounds, one steal and one block in 12 minutes.

Henson has been mentioned in trade rumors, along with fellow Bucks center Greg Monroe, and it would likely take a trade or a teammate's injury to propel him to standard-league relevance. That said, his upside shouldn't be ignored in deeper leagues -- on a per-36-minute basis, he has career averages of 14.5 points (53.4 percent FGs), 9.7 rebounds, 1.9 assists, 0.8 steals and a value-anchoring 2.9 blocks.
Oct 13 - 11:46 PM

Matthew Dellavedova (knee) is likely to play on Friday against the Pistons.

He's been back at practice and it would appear he's over his knee soreness. Malcolm Brogdon will continue to start, but it's possible Dellavedova can get some combo guard minutes along with his backup role. Still, Delly isn't worth drafting in most leagues.
Oct 11 - 4:06 PM


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