• 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 %

    3-point %

    Effective Field Goal %

    Points

    Fantasy Value

    2018-19

    14.9

    0.441

    0.837

    0.378

    0.519

    18.3

    5th round/6th round

    2019-20

    15.5

    0.499

    0.908

    0.418

    0.577

    21.1

    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.

    Blocks

    Usage %

    Per-game Fantasy Value

    2008-09

    1.8

    20.3

    5th round/5th round

    2009-10

    1.7

    23.6

    2nd round/3rd round

    2010-11

    1.5

    27.3

    5th round/5th round

    2012-13

    2.1

    28.6

    3rd round/3rd round

    2013-14

    1.8

    27.1

    2nd round/1st round

    2014-15

    1.8

    26.3

    3rd round/2nd round

    2015-16

    1.7

    27.3

    2nd round/2nd round

    2016-17

    1.7

    29.2

    3rd round/4th round

    2017-18

    1.3

    23.5

    10th round/9th round

    2018-19

    2.2

    16.7

    5th round/3rd round

    2019-20

    2.4

    17.5

    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:

    Games

    mpg

    Fantasy Value

    Nov 14 through Nov 30

    10

    26.0

    9th round/8th round

    December 14 through Jan 1

    10

    25.7

    8th round/7th round

    For a closer look at how the season has gone, be sure to check out our Season So Far series. The Bucks’ entry can be found right here.

    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:

    -N/A

    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)

    Key Additions

    -Marvin Williams (signed mid-season)

    Key Departures

    -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)

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