August 4, 2020, 4:37 pmErsan IlyasovaPF, Milwaukee Bucks
Ersan Ilyasova racked up 11 points and 10 rebounds in 23 minutes during Tuesday's loss, adding two assists and one block.
With Giannis Antetokounmpo playing just 16 minutes, Ilyasova did his thing, notching a double-double in 23 minutes. We have seen this before from Ilyasova who certainly has the ability to be a fantasy-relevant player when afforded sufficient playing time. Unfortunately, his opportunities come only when Antetokounmpo is limited and so he makes for a risky play on most nights.
August 4, 2020, 4:10 pmGiannis AntetokounmpoPF, Milwaukee Bucks
Giannis Antetokounmpo was utilized during the first half only, ending with 16 points (7-of-8 FG, 2-of-3 3PT, 0-of-3 FT), six rebounds and four assists in 16 minutes during Tuesday's matchup with the Nets.
Antetokounmpo started for the Bucks but only saw the court during the first half. With the Bucks basically assured of the number one seed, they elected to limit both Antetokounmpo and Khris Middleton (eight points, four rebounds and two assists in 16 minutes). Health is not a concern for either player, although we will have to monitor their availability moving forward as the Bucks prepare for a deep playoff run.
August 2, 2020, 11:20 pmGiannis AntetokounmpoPF, Milwaukee Bucks
Giannis Antetokounmpo dominated once again with 36 points, 18 boards and eight assists in a 120-116 loss to the Rockets on Sunday.
Antetokounmpo followed up his 36-point performance against the Celtics on Friday with another one. He shot 14-of-25 from the field and 2-of-5 from beyond the arc. He is likely going to repeat for the MVP award and is proving why he deserves it with these strong showings.
July 31, 2020, 10:53 pmGiannis AntetokounmpoPF, Milwaukee Bucks
Giannis Antetokounmpo dominated the Celtics on Friday in the Bucks' first game back in action, racking up 36 points (14-of-20 FG, 1-of-3 3PT, 7-of-12 FT), 15 boards and seven assists in 32 minutes.
Shocker. Giannis was a force as the Bucks overpowered the Celtics in a 119-112 victory. He's making a strong case to beat out LeBron James for that MVP award. That being said, Antetokounmpo actually failed to meet his ADP for the year (1.3 ESPN, 3.9 Yahoo) but should unequivocally remain in the top-5 of every fantasy draft heading into 2020-21.
July 27, 2020, 10:50 pmGiannis AntetokounmpoPF, Milwaukee Bucks
Giannis Antetokounmpo had a huge night in Wednesday's scrimmage with 30 points on 8-of-15 shooting to go with eight boards, three dimes and a steal, but the Bucks lost 103-124.
Antetokounmpo did all of his work in only 23 minutes of action and even went 2-for-3 from deep. Don't get too excited though, because we've seen him go extremely cold from beyond the arc for long stretches. He's still an athletic freak and can get to the rim at will. The Bucks are shaping up to be the favorites to come out of the East, mostly due to Antetokounmpo's MVP level play.
July 25, 2020, 3:51 pmGiannis AntetokounmpoPF, Milwaukee Bucks
Giannis Antetokounmpo scored 15 points in 15 minutes vs. the Kings in Saturday's scrimmage, hitting 11-of-13 free throws while adding nine rebounds, six assists and a block.
The Greek Freak only hit 2-of-7 from the field and missed all three of his 3-point attempts but the free throw numbers are very encouraging. If he can ever hit the freebies consistently he'll have a legitimate chance to take home the top spot in the fantasy rankings, but it'll take more than one scrimmage game to change the course there. Don't expect to see Giannis play much in Milwaukee's final scrimmage.
July 23, 2020, 5:13 pmGiannis AntetokounmpoPF, Milwaukee Bucks
Giannis Antetokounmpo scored 22 points in less than 22 minutes of action in Thursday's win over the Spurs.
Antetokounmpo was in foul trouble early but was able to avoid fouling out in the second half of the contest. To go along with his 22 points, he put up three rebounds, four assists, three steals, one trifecta and two turnovers while shooting 9-of-13 from the field. Giannis continues to struggle from outside as he missed four of his five attempts from distance and missed five of his eight attempts at the free throw line. The reigning MVP will be ready to go when the Bucks resume the season, but it is worth noting that he might take a hit in resumption leagues as the team is virtually locked in as the number one seed in the Eastern Conference and they may choose to rest some of their stars in preparation for the playoffs.
July 21, 2020, 6:40 pmGiannis AntetokounmpoPF, Milwaukee Bucks
While Giannis Antetokounmpo will play in the Bucks' first scrimmage game on Thursday, Mike Budenholzer thinks he'll play "significantly less" or not at all in the other two exhibitions.
There's no need for Giannis to be out there and risk injury, so the Bucks will have him out there for one tune-up and then get ready for playoff mode. Their comfortable cushion in the standings adds an element of risk to drafting any Milwaukee players in resumption fantasy leagues as it's unlikely the key Bucks play in every game on the schedule. With each player maxing out at just eight games, it's a significant factor when it comes to fantasy leagues.
Source: Eric Nehm on Twitter
July 14, 2020, 5:52 pmGiannis AntetokounmpoPF, Milwaukee Bucks
Giannis Antetokounmpo was solid but failed to meet his lofty ADP in the 2019-20 fantasy season.
He would end up ranked 14/20 in 8/9-cat formats. Antetokounmpo had an absurd ADP of 1.3 on ESPN and 3.9 on Yahoo, which is simply far too high for a player that is a huge drag on free throw percentage. The Greek Freak was one of the biggest negatives at the charity stripe this season, shooting an atrocious .633 from the line on 10 attempts per game. The rest of his numbers were more in line with expectations, but decreases in key stats offset other notable gains. Giannis established career-highs with 29.6 points, 13.7 rebounds and 1.5 threes per contest, but also had that counteracted by five-year lows in steals and blocks, which both sunk to 1.0 per game. Antetokounmpo is an elite NBA player but the cracks in his fantasy game were apparent. If the defensive numbers can rebound it'll ease the pain of those free throws, but it's going to be tough for him to meet such high expectations with that one glaring hole in his game. Some market correction may be in order this offseason.
July 14, 2020, 10:17 amGiannis AntetokounmpoPF, Milwaukee Bucks
Bucks GM Jon Horst said that he can’t really worry about Giannis Antetokounmpo mingling, talking and hanging out with other players while in the bubble.
“We can only control what we can control”, said Horst. “At the end of the day, I have full confidence in my personal relationship, our league’s relationship, our coach’s relationship, his teammate’s relationship with Giannis in what we’re doing and what we’re about.” Giannis is eligible for a supermax extension this summer, one the Bucks are going to offer him the minute they can, while most people around the league expect him to sign the deal. The Greek freak has been spending time with his brother Thanasis, who also plays for the Bucks, and Kostas, who is on the Lakers roster, while in Orlando, so Bucks fans really have no reason to worry at this point.
Source: NBC Sports
July 5, 2020, 6:43 pmGiannis AntetokounmpoPF, Milwaukee Bucks
The Bucks have shut down their practice facility after receiving results from the latest round of COVID-19 tests, per Adrian Wojnarowski.
That batch of tests was conducted on Friday. Woj adds that the facility will likely be shut through Thursday, when the team's traveling party is supposed to head to Orlando. No word on who or how many of the team's staff tested positive, but as always, the pandemic is in charge of the NBA's attempted restart, no matter how much effort the league puts into its plans.
Source: Adrian Wojnarowski on Twitter
June 25, 2020, 9:09 pmGiannis AntetokounmpoPF, Milwaukee Bucks
Coach Mike Budenholzer updated on Thursday that Giannis Antetokounmpo is "completely and totally healthy".
This was mostly expected coming into the league restart period, but it's good to have confirmation that he will be good to go as the key to the Bucks' success in Orlando.
June 16, 2020, 8:30 pmGiannis AntetokounmpoPF, Milwaukee Bucks
According to Shams Charania, the hotels assigned to each NBA team for the league's proposed Orlando restart will be determined by the playoff seeding and will take into account each individual on a team's travel squad.
To kick off the planned events, all the teams staying at the same hotels will play three scrimmages against one another, from July 22-29. Here are the hotel assignments: the Bucks, Lakers, Raptors, Celtics, Nuggets, Jazz and Heat (top seeds) will be housed at the Grand Destino. The Thunder, Sixers, Rockets, Pacers, Mavericks, Nets, Grizzlies and Magic will be inside the Grand Floridian. Finally, the Blazers, Kings, Pelicans, Spurs, Suns and Wizards will stay at the Yacht Club. Each team's traveling squad will include the following positions, besides players/coaches: an athletic trainer, a strength and conditioning coach, an equipment manager and a team security official. Players will also be permitted to bring a personal massage therapist, security official, or trainer, Shams points out. Kyrie Irving and other players have expressed their discontent with the current plans, so only time will tell as to which players will commit and which ones won't.
Source: Shams Charania on Twitter
May 21, 2020, 3:43 pmGiannis AntetokounmpoPF, Milwaukee Bucks
The Bucks Co-owner, Mark Lasry, told CNBC about the NBA resuming "in the next six to eight weeks we should be playing.”
There has been some positive reports over the past week and a half about the resumption of the league. Conservative optimism appears to be on the minds of many in the NBA but we will have to continue to wait until early June to get more news about the potential return of the 2019-20 season.
Source: Keith Pompey on Twitter
May 16, 2020, 9:26 pmGiannis AntetokounmpoPF, Milwaukee Bucks
Giannis Antetokounmpo is disappointed with how Knicks treated his brother, Thanasis.
Thanasis Antetokounmpo was a second-round draft pick of the Knicks in 2013. He wasn't given much of an opportunity in New York and they chose to not call him up for a game in London vs. the Bucks in 2015. Giannis told the New York Post at the time that he was "a little disappointed he's not going to play against me". The way the Knicks treated his brother could dissuade him from considering the Knicks when he's a 2021 free agent.
Source: New York Post