May 30, 2020, 12:45 pm
2019-2020 Milwaukee Bucks Season Recap to date
2018-2019 Record Home Record Road Record
60-22 33-8 27-14
2019-2020 Record Home Record Road Record
53-12 28-3 25-9
Fun Facts for the season
-The Bucks have not made the NBA Finals since 1973 and have struggled to make it out of the first round since the 1990s. Dating all the way back to 1990, the franchise has only found themselves in the Eastern Conference Finals twice: 2000-01 and 2018-19. This iteration of the Bucks appear to be ready and able to take the next step and challenge for an NBA title if things break their way.
-Giannis Antetokounmpo has proven to be one of the best draft picks over the last decade and his fantasy production has only one weakness: free throw shooting. Giannis has seen his free throw attempts rise in each of his first seven seasons in the league and his percentage fell off a cliff in 2019-20 (.633), which greatly affected his value. Giannis was the 14th/20th ranked per-game player while he would be the 1st/2nd ranked per-game player in a “punt-free-throw percentage” build.
-Giannis was on track to become the twelfth player to win back-to-back MVPs if he continued on his historic pace from this season, joining a list that includes some of the greatest basketball players of all-time: Bill Russell, Wilt Chamberlain, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Moses Malone, Larry Bird, Magic Johnson, Michael Jordan, Tim Duncan, Steve Nash, LeBron James and Stephen Curry. Giannis has led the league in player efficiency rating for the last two seasons and his PER of 31.6 this campaign ranks him behind only three players in NBA history: Wilt Chamberlain, Michael Jordan and LeBron James. That, we can all agree, is ELITE company!
-Khris Middleton saw his efficiency dip in 2018-19. which resulted in a three-four round drop in per-game value last season. He only took 0.6 more shots per game season over season but due to increased efficiency, Middleton became a much better value in 2019-20 as outlined below:
Field Goal Attempts
Field Goal %
Free Throw %
Effective Field Goal %
5th round/6th round
3rd round/2nd round
-After leaving the Lakers following the 2017-18 season, Brook Lopez reemerged as a fantasy asset in his time with the Bucks. However, his value can be accounted for by looking at two primary factors: usage and blocks per game. As Lopez has aged, he has seen his usage decrease so the fact that he has been able to rank 4th and 2nd in blocks per game over his two seasons with the Bucks can be seen as the reason why he is a top-75 fantasy asset.
Per-game Fantasy Value
5th round/5th round
2nd round/3rd round
5th round/5th round
3rd round/3rd round
2nd round/1st round
3rd round/2nd round
2nd round/2nd round
3rd round/4th round
10th round/9th round
5th round/3rd round
7th round/6th round
*2011-12 not included because Lopez only played in 5 games that season due to injury
-In his sophomore season, Donte DiVincenzo found himself as a key part of the Bucks rotation. He saw his minutes increase from 15.2 in his rookie year to 23.1 in 2019-20 and played in 59 out of 65 games. DiVincenzo was also able to log 22 starts as he was the first player to enter the starting lineup whenever Eric Bledsoe, Wesley Matthews or Khris Middleton were out with injury. There were two large stretches of games in which DiVincenzo started and here is how he fared:
Nov 14 through Nov 30
9th round/8th round
December 14 through Jan 1
8th round/7th round
Rosterable in 12-team 8/9-cat leagues (per-game value)
-Giannis Antetokounmpo (2nd round/2nd round)
-Khris Middleton (3rd round/2nd round)
-Eric Bledsoe (6th round/7th round)
-Brook Lopez (7th round/6th round)
-Donte DiVincenzo (10th round/9th round)
Showed flashes of fantasy value in 12-team 8/9-cat leagues (per-game value)
-George Hill (9th round/10th round from Dec 13 through Dec 28)
-Ersan Ilyasova (12th round/11th round from Dec 4 through Jan 4)
Rosterable in standard points leagues
(This is Yahoo’s standard scoring system, we’ll be using them as a reference for the rankings but obviously things will be different in your league if you use a custom scoring format or play on ESPN/CBS/Fantrax)
-Giannis Antetokounmpo (1st round)
-Khris Middleton (4th round)
-Eric Bledsoe (7th round)
-Brook Lopez (8th round)
-Donte DiVincenzo (12th round)
Flashes of value in standard points leagues:
Predicting standard league relevant players for 2020-21 season
-Giannis Antetokounmpo (all formats)
-Khris Middleton (all formats)
-Eric Bledsoe (all formats)
-Brook Lopez (all formats)
-Donte DiVincenzo (8/9-cat)
Potential for standard league value for 2020-21 season
-Donte DiVincenzo (points leagues)
-George Hill (8/9-cat)
Upcoming Notable Free Agents
-Ersan Ilyasova (team option of $7M in 2020-21)
-Robin Lopez (player option of $5.01M in 2020-21)
-Wesley Matthews (player option of $2.69M in 2020-21)
-Kyle Korver (unrestricted)
-Pat Connaughton (restricted)
-Sterling Brown (restricted)
-Marvin Williams (unrestricted)
-Marvin Williams (signed mid-season)
-Dragan Bender (waived)
Upcoming Draft Picks
-2020 first round pick (via Indiana)
-2021 first round pick second round pick
-2022 first round pick (protected top-10, 11-30 to Cleveland; if unconveyed becomes protected top-10 and 25-30 in 2023, 11-24 to Cleveland; if unconveyed becomes protected top-8 in 2024, 9-30 to Cleveland; if unconveyed becomes two second round picks in 2024 and 2025 respectively)
-2022 second round pick
-2022 second round pick (via Indiana if Indiana conveys second round pick to Brooklyn in 2021)
July 8, 2020, 12:11 amMiles BridgesSF, Charlotte Hornets
Miles Bridges, the second-year forward out of Michigan State, had a decent season for the Hornets, but he wasn't too kind to fantasy owners who were high on him in drafts last fall.
Bridges' ADP was inside the top-100 in both Yahoo (83) and ESPN (94) after draft season concluded last October. At the current juncture, he ranks 162 in 9-cat and 148 in 8-cat; not the jump forward many thought, fantasy GMs and analysts alike, Bridges would take in this his second season in the league. The Hornets obviously still have reason for optimism and have far from given up on him, but there's also reason to believe the 2020-21 campaign could be a pivotal one for Bridges in terms of showcasing the progress he's making in getting fully adjusted to the NBA.
July 7, 2020, 11:42 pmDwayne BaconSF, Charlotte Hornets
Third-year guard Dwayne Bacon, the tenth pick of the second round of the 2017 NBA Draft, did little to improve his game during the 2019-20 season, finishing the year with very underwhelming numbers.
Bacon has always torn it up in the G League but has never been able to translate his production to the NBA. He averaged just 17.6 minutes in 39 games, his fewest games played in three NBA seasons, although this one got cut short by the on-going coronavirus pandemic. His biggest problem seems to be his shot, as his averages from the floor this year were paltry, at best. After shooting 47.5 percent from the floor in 2018-19, Bacon took a big step back (34.8 percent) this season. He was also pitiful from beyond the arc (28.4 percent) and from the free throw stripe (66.0 percent). It seems unlikely that the Hornets will extend the $2 million qualifying offer lined up for Bacon this offseason, so there's a decent chance he suits up elsewhere in his next NBA appearance.
July 7, 2020, 11:29 pmNicolas BatumSG, Charlotte Hornets
Nicolas Batum played only 22 games during the 2019-20 regular season (the last of which came on January 24), finishing the year ranked outside the top-225 in categories formats.
The veteran swingman had an injury-riddled campaign, Batum's fifth with the Hornets. He averaged just 3.6 points, 4.5 boards and 3.0 assists in 23.0 minutes per night. A longtime threat from deep, Batum shot 28.6 percent from three, which was also a disappointing development. He only has one year remaining on the gigantic, $120 million deal he inked prior to the 2016-17 season, and the Hornets are probably wishing it wrapped up after this season. They have no use for Batum moving forward, but they owe him $27 million next year. Yikes.
July 7, 2020, 10:54 pmCody MartinPF, Charlotte Hornets
Cody Martin, the sixth pick of the second round of the 2019 NBA draft out of the University of Nevada, showed signs of productivity during his rookie campaign with the Hornets, averaging 5.0 PTS, 3.3 REB, 2.0 AST and 0.8 STL in 18.8 minutes per game (48 games).
Those per-game numbers actually put him below his twin brother, Caleb (who was not drafted), despite Cody playing in 30 more games. Cody ranked right around 300 in 8 and 9-cat leagues on the season but was playing well to close out the year. He snuck inside the top-230 over the final two weeks prior to the COVID-19 pause, and was a streamable player in March due to his versatility and consistency.
July 7, 2020, 10:51 pmDevonte' GrahamPG, Charlotte Hornets
Devonte' Graham emerged as the biggest beneficiary of the departure of Kemba Walker, taking over the reins as the starting point guard and finishing the season ranked 55th in 8-cat and 77th 9-cat scoring formats.
After averaging just 14.7 minutes per game in his rookie season in 2018-19, Graham got thrust into the spotlight in 2019-20, jumping to a playing time of 35.1 minutes per game. The 24-year-old sophomore saw an across-the-board improvement in his stats and became a solid source of threes and dimes for small-ball fantasy lineups. Graham shot just 38.2 percent from the field but ticked other boxes with averages of 18.2 PPG, 3.5 3PG, 7.5 APG and 1.0 SPG. If he can somehow rein in his poor shooting and allow the game to slow down for him, he should be someone to watch come 2020-21.
July 7, 2020, 10:41 pmTerry RozierPG, Charlotte Hornets
Terry Rozier ranked inside the top-75 in both 8 and 9-cat fantasy leagues on a per game basis in 2019-20, his first season with the Hornets after four years with the Celtics.
Rozier swapped places with longtime fan-favorite and Hornets legend, Kemba Walker. Rozier inked a sign-and-trade for three years, $56.7 million ($18.9 million annually) that included Walker going to the Celtics. Starting all 63 games he played this season, Rozier averaged 18.0 points, 4.4 rebounds, 4.1 assists, 1.0 steals and 2.7 threes per game for an underwhelming Hornets squad (23-42). Fellow backcourt mate Devonte' Graham unexpectedly put up outstanding numbers from the outset, so that put a bit of a damper on Rozier's first season with the team, as the two finished with similar numbers and fantasy rankings. Look for the backcourt tandem of Graham and Rozier to stay together moving forward for the Hornets, at least for next season. They will likely inhibit each other's fantasy ceilings, however.
July 7, 2020, 10:19 pmPJ WashingtonPF, Charlotte Hornets
P.J. Washington was one of bigger pleasant surprises from the rookie class of 2019, making a name for himself with the Hornets as a key player and finishing the season ranked 142/159 in 8/9-cat per-game value and 126/136 in 8/9-cat on total value.
As a rookie, Washington proved doubters that he was far more NBA-ready than initially projected. A strong Summer League and promising preseason run, translated reasonably well into viable fantasy value. Washington ended up playing 58 games for the Hornets and notched averages of 12.2 PPG, 5.4 RPG, 1.5 3PG, 0.9 SPG and 0.8 BPG in just over 30 minutes per game. Still, Washington's biggest weakness remains his .647 shooting percentage from the free throw line. Overall, he gets solid marks for passing the eye test and flashing some promising impact on the box score on occasion.
July 7, 2020, 10:09 pmCody ZellerC, Charlotte Hornets
Cody Zeller took a step backward during the 2019-20 season, finishing the year ranked 178 in 8-cat and 185 in 9-cat.
The emergence and immediate productivity of rookie PJ Washington was a key reason for Zeller's rather disappointing year. He played in all but seven of the Hornets' games but had a rough stretch in February that included three straight DNP-CD's to close out the month. Zeller, as one might expect, came back strong after that absence, averaging 11.0 points, 7.2 rebounds, 2.2 assists, 0.8 blocks in five games to close out his 2019-20 campaign. Zeller will be an unrestricted free agent after next season.
July 7, 2020, 9:53 pmCaleb MartinSG-SF, Charlotte Hornets
Caleb Martin, twin brother of Cody Martin, closed out the 2019-20 season playing his best basketball of the season for the Hornets after spending the majority of the year in the G League.
Martin played over 35 minutes in both of the Hornets' final two games in March. He finished inside the top-270 in both 8 and 9-cat leagues and was ranked inside the top-125 during the final two weeks before the season was suspended. In 21.7 minutes per game over the course of those two weeks at the end of February and into March, Martin put up per-game averages of 8.9 PTS, 2.5 REB, 1.8 AST, 0.9 STL, 0.5 BLK and 1.8 3PT. In addition, he went 20-for-37 from beyond the arc (in 18 games played), good for 54 percent. That is a very promising number, albeit in a fairly small sample size, so the Hornets are obviously hoping he can maintain his prowess from deep next season.
July 7, 2020, 9:49 pmMalik MonkSG, Charlotte Hornets
Despite the departure of Kemba Walker, Malik Monk remained mostly unimpressive in 2019-20 with averages of 10.3 PPG, 1.1 3PG, 2.9 RPG and 2.1 APG to finish ranked 257/277 in 8/9-cat per-game value.
Monk logged 55 games for the Hornets this season but could not hold any real momentum, except in February where he was able to string together an eight-game streak of double-digit scoring. His strong run came to a screeching halt when he was suspended indefinitely for violating the league's anti-drug program. Monk was eventually reinstated during the hiatus brought about by the coronavirus.