Player News - Bucks

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Bucks head coach Jason Kidd said that Jabari Parker reminds him of Grant Hill.

Besides their shared Duke background, Kidd sees a few similarities between Hill and Parker. "He's got a quick first step. What I like is he tries to make the right play to his teammates," Kidd said. "It's not always about scoring. He wants to win; he cheers his teammates on. That's kind of cool to see." Parker has had a strong preseason and should have no problem returning fantasy value as an early-middle round selection.
Oct 21 - 11:03 AM

Nate Wolters (ankle) returned to action on Monday against the Knicks, scoring 13 points on 5-of-5 shooting with two rebounds, four assists and one three in 22 minutes off the bench.

Wolters was a pleasant surprise last season but he's vying for minutes in an increasingly crowded group and he has no fantasy value until that all shakes out.
Oct 20 - 11:44 PM

Kendall Marshall started at point guard in Monday's exhibition win over the Knicks, scoring six points on 2-of-2 shooting with zero rebounds and five assists in 20 minutes.

Giannis Antetokounmpo started at shooting guard and went for 14 and seven with an 8-of-9 mark from the foul line. Khris Middleton scored 11 points in 14 minutes in a start at small forward, Jabari Parker went for 13 and six in 26 minutes, and John Henson double-doubled with 11 points and 10 boards in 27 minutes. With strong bench performances against a bad Knicks team tonight, we are no closer to clarity about the rotation than we were to start the night.

Jared Dudley scored 14 points off the bench on Monday, hitting 5-of-7 shots (including three treys) with three rebounds and four assists in 24 minutes against the Knicks.

The Knicks were terrible on defense and owners shouldn't overreact, though it's possible he has been on the same weight loss program that O.J. Mayo has been on. Dudley looked like a guy with no future in the league last year, so we'll need to see some pretty convincing evidence that owners should pay attention.
Oct 20 - 11:25 PM

A slimmed down O.J. Mayo scored 24 points off the bench on Monday, hitting 7-of-13 shots (including six threes) with zero rebounds, three assists and one steal in 31 minutes.

Milwaukee news can be hard to come by and even the local writers tweeting the game were surprised about how he looked. On that front, he looks like a totally different person and owners would be wise to not summarily dismiss him as a fantasy asset this year. He has had some good games mixed in with bad ones and the Milwaukee rotation is a crowded mess, but if Mayo can return to past form he should theoretically move toward starter's minutes.
Oct 20 - 11:18 PM

Zaza Pachulia (hamstring) will not play against the Knicks on Monday.

He suffered the injury on Friday and has been one of the slowest healers in the NBA over the past couple season. Pachulia is not worth drafting in almost any league.
Oct 20 - 12:03 PM

Brandon Knight (groin) and Zaza Pachulia (hamstring) will not play against the Knicks on Monday.

Knight has been out for over a week now with his strained right groin, but there's still hope for him to play in the season opener. Kendall Marshall hasn't played well sans Knight and is shooting just 4-of-15 in his last three games, so Knight still looks like the favorite to start at point guard. Knight is only a late-round target due to a lower upside.
Oct 20 - 11:59 AM

Jabari Parker scored 21 points on 8-of-17 shooting with 11 rebounds, two steals and two blocks in Friday's exhibition win over the Wolves.

His counterpart, Andrew Wiggins, was not able to keep up with just 10 points and six rebounds and not much else. Even though he's a rookie, Parker is the safest bet in the Bucks' redundant and overcrowded roster.
Oct 18 - 12:16 AM

Giannis Antetokounmpo scored 19 points on 6-of-13 shooting with nine rebounds, two assists, one steal and two blocks in 31 minutes off the bench on Friday against the Wolves.

The key to Alphabet's fantasy value is going to be improving his offensive output, because we can be relatively certain that the defensive numbers will be there. A number of key teammates were out tonight, but the issue isn't so much with them as it is getting Giannis to be aggressive with the rock. Tonight he was exactly that.
Oct 18 - 12:13 AM

O.J. Mayo scored 19 points off the bench on Friday, hitting 5-of-10 shots (2-of-3 3PTs, 7-of-9 FTs) with three assists and a block in 28 minutes.

Mayo committed five fouls and did not grab a single rebound, but the fact that he's pushing numbers across the board is a win these days. The Bucks rotation is all over the place right now and until it's settled owners should look at less risky options in Milwaukee.
Oct 18 - 12:10 AM

Zaza Pachulia left Friday's exhibition against the Wolves with a hamstring issue and did not return.

Pachulia logged 13 minutes with eight points, one assist and one steal before checking out. We'll update you as soon as know the severity of the injury.
Oct 17 - 10:37 PM

Larry Sanders underwent a minor outpatient surgical procedure (undisclosed) on Friday, and will miss the Bucks' three final preseason games.

He's expected to be ready to go for the Bucks' regular-season opener October 29, so at the moment this seems very minor. Sanders has been playing well throughout the preseason, averaging 10.7 points and 10 rebounds through three games, highlighted by a 15 rebound effort vs. Memphis. Sanders had a disastrous 2013-14 campaign, but his upside in shot blocking makes him worth a gamble in the mid-to-late rounds of standard leagues.
Oct 17 - 5:55 PM

The Milwaukee Bucks have picked up the fourth-year option on John Henson.

Henson has looked good so far this season, but an impending bench role behind Larry Sanders will limit his fantasy ceiling. However, the opportunities for him to contribute on a high level will be there for Henson all season long. He should be owned in all fantasy formats across the board.
Oct 16 - 3:32 PM

The Bucks have picked up the third-year option on Giannis Antetokounmpo.

The move is not surprising as Antetokounmpo is one of the Bucks' most promising young players. He has been playing both backcourt spots this preseason, including multiple games at point guard. He will be an intriguing fantasy play this upcoming season with the potential to contribute to multiple categories across the board.
Oct 16 - 3:26 PM

Larry Sanders (illness) will not be making the trip to Iowa and New York City.

Sanders has been performing well so far this preseason, so hopefully his absence is just a precaution. He could be a mid-to-late round steal with his proficiency in shot blocking and grabbing boards.
Oct 16 - 2:55 PM


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