Whether the 2019-20 NBA season is over or not, there is no question about it, the Milwaukee Bucks were the best team in the league night in and night out. Like any team, no matter how good they are, the Bucks had their fair share of disappointments this season. Below are the players that Bucks fans expected more out of during the 2019-20 season.
Oh D.J. Wilson, what is there to say? When he was drafted in 2017, fans were ecstatic at the potential the power forward out of Michigan had. Coming into this season, expectations were high for Wilson as this was the year he was supposed to put it all together. He didn’t. Although he dominates the G-League with the Wisconsin Herd, the NBA game seems too fast for him. In 31 games this season, in a very limited role, Wilson has averaged 3.2 points per game on 39.6% shooting. It also seems as if the Bucks are getting impatient with Wilson. As the NBA trade deadline approached, the Bucks needed another big to help them make a run in the playoffs but instead of looking within, they traded for Marvin Williams. Wilson should have been the guy to fill that role but in year three, he still isn’t ready.
Ersan Ilyasova is 32-years-old and has been a fan favorite in Milwaukee since his rookie season in 2006. Offensively, he has been a fine contributor to the Bucks in the 2019-20 season. He is averaging 6.8 points per game while shooting 37.1% from three but it’s his defense that makes Ilyasova a disappointing player. Coming into the season, he was supposed to be the first or second man off the bench, however, opposing teams play him off the court with his lack of defensive abilities. In the paint, Ilyasova’s defense has been fine, as it always has been, but on the perimeter he just can’t match the speed of other stretch fours. It is disappointing that a player who could really make an impact offensively in the playoffs won’t get minutes because his defense doesn’t match up.
Brook Lopez’s Offense
Coming off a career year in 2018-19, Brook Lopez signed a 4-year, $52 million dollar contract this offseason and was expected to be the two-way threat he was last year. Defensively, yes, Brook Lopez has been one of the best centers in the league. In fact, he’s been playing at an All-NBA level and should be noticed as such. When it comes to the offensive side of the ball, Lopez has been nothing short of disappointing. He is averaging 11.0 points per game which is only 1.5 points less per game than last season. However, it’s his shooting numbers that are alarming. From the field, Lopez is shooting 42.7% and a horrific 29.6% from three. This means that his three point percentage is down 6.9% from last season on far less attempts per game. The Bucks payed Brook Lopez to not just play All-Star level defense, but to be a legitimate shooting threat on offense. The fact that he isn’t doing that this season doesn’t mean he’s doomed in the future, it’s just that he was expected to do more in 2019-20.
With how well the Bucks have played this season, it was hard to find players who have disappointed. There were a ton of players who surprised and came into their own like George Hill and Donte DiVincenzo and they have often overshadowed the disappointments. Just because a player had a disappointing year doesn’t mean they should be done in the league. For example, Brook Lopez can still get his offense back and D.J. Wilson still has potential, but this season, there’s just been a lack of production out of them. As for Ersan Ilyasova, the 2019-20 season could very well be his last year as a consistent contributor for a playoff team.