Every team has their stars, but it’s up to the role players to make a team championship material…
The Milwaukee Bucks will be entering the 2019-20 season on October 24th with a plethora of role players. To name a handful, Milwaukee has Pat Connaughton, Robin Lopez, George Hill, and Ersan Ilyasova who are all expected to get meaningful minutes. However, there’s one role player I didn’t name who I think will be Milwaukee’s 2019 x-factor and that is shooting guard, Sterling Brown.
Sterling Brown is 24-years-old and will be entering his 3rd season in the league. He is an athletic 6’6” 232 pound guard who has the size and strength to become an elite defender. He has already proven to be a competent defender by averaging 1.1 steals per game per 36 minutes for his entire career. Brown has a high motor that has already made him one of the more beloved role players in Milwaukee. Last season, Brown played in 58 games (he has played in 68% of Milwaukee’s games since his rookie year) and averaged 6.4 points per game, 3.2 rebounds, and 1.4 assists. He shot a very respectable 46.5% from the field and 36.1% from three.
His best stretch of the season came during Milwaukee’s last 8 games when the Bucks were resting their starters. In those games, he averaged 29.1 minutes per game and scored 13.0 points per game, grabbed 5.5 rebounds, and dished out 2.6 assists to go along with 0.8 steals per game. He shot an elite 48.2% from the field and a solid 34.4% from three. His breakout game came on March 31st when he scored 27 points (a career high), hauled in 9 boards and gave out 3 assists. He also added 3 steals which is something Khris Middleton only did 4 more times than him. In that game, Brown also hit 5 out of 10 threes.
Sterling Brown had a very strong finish to last season and he can build off of that going into this year. I’m confident 2019-20 is the year Sterling puts it all together and becomes a weapon off the bench. The only thing he needs is playing time. Brown plays remarkably better when he gets more minutes, he needs at least 20 to get going. Last year, there was 21 games in which Brown played 20 or more minutes. In those games he averaged 10.4 points per game, 5.0 rebounds, 2.5 assists, and 0.6 steals. He shot 47.5% from the field and a superb 38.9% from three on 77 attempts.
It would not surprise me to see Sterling Brown average 8-11 points per game with 4-6 rebounds in 2019-20. With more minutes, Brown can be the #2 behind Wesley Matthews and become a dangerous scorer who can play defense off the bench.
Final Stat Line Prediction:
20.9 MP – 9.8 PTS – 5.4 TRB – 1.6 AST – 0.8 STL – 44.9 FG% – 36.8 3P%