As for Giannis Antetokounmpo, what else is there to say? The Greek Freak has it all. Coming off his best season yet where he averaged 23 points, 8.8 rebounds, 5.4 assists, 1.6 steals and a tremendous 1.9 blocks per game, all while shooting a robust 52% from the floor. He has us begging for more. Last season was his ascension to the elite NBA level, and there is no ceiling in sight. Giannis ranked 10th in PER rankings (26.1) and 18th in real plus-minus (4.21). He won Most Improved Player as a result, and he also joined some elite company. He became only the 5th player in NBA history to lead a team in points, rebounds, assists, steals, and blocks. The other players to accomplish this feat? LeBron James, Kevin Garnett, Scottie Pippen and Dave Cowens.
Giannis is a rare breed of talent, he is already on the cusp of being the best Bucks ever (and he’s only 22). He makes everyone on the floor better, and when he’s is not on the floor it is a nightmare. When Giannis is on the floor, the Bucks have an offensive rating of 109.9 and a defensive rating of 109. When he is off the floor, the numbers dip to a 108.5 offensive rating and a 110 defensive rating. The Greek Freak has already logged a ton of minutes, but the Bucks simply cannot afford to take him off the court much.
He will anchor this PF position, but will also see minutes at basically every position this season.
Behind Giannis, it is a complete logjam at power forward. Mirza Teletovic and DJ Wilson will battle it out for minutes at the 4 this season.
Last season was a complete let down for sharpshooter Mirza Teletovic. When the Bucks first signed him prior to last season, it seemed like he would be a perfect fit. His first season in Milwaukee he put up poor averages of, 6.4 points 2 rebounds and he shot a horrendous 34% from three. He is a known knocked down shooter, but he was mostly cold throughout the season. Mirza got good looks but just couldn’t provide the spark and shooting the Bucks needed off the bench. Shooters keep shooting.
Jason Kidd likes to throw rookies right into the fire, so expect to see DJ Wilson get some early burn this season. Wilson had a strong Las Vegas Summer League, showing off his versatility by hitting jump shots and attacking the rim. Through his first three summer league games, he averaged 14.7 points, 6.3 rebounds, and 2.3 assists. He certainly justified his first-round selection this summer. This preseason will also be a great building block for the rookie to get his first minutes against real competition.