Every Monday we will look at which Milwaukee Buck stood out from a game changing performance, or provided consistent production over the previous week. We will do the same for one other player within the central division (Bulls, Pacers, Pistons, Cavaliers).
The Bucks finished 1-2 in a week where they could have easily gone 3-0. Milwaukee squandered two opportunities (against the Heat and Lakers) to get back on track before winning what was easily against the most difficult opponent of the week, divisional-foe Indiana.
King of the Court- Giannis Antetokoumpo
For the second straight week, the Greek Freak is our king of the court. The loss of Jabari Parker for the remainder of the season opens the door for other Bucks to contribute (Michael Beasley, Thon Maker, Mirza Teletovic) but Giannis has been the biggest beneficiary thus far, posting a new career high of 41 points this past Friday against the Los Angeles Lakers. Despite this new high, this wasn’t enough to win, as the Bucks’ defense played atrociously, allowing 47 points after just 12 minutes of action. The deer finally bounced back with a road-win at Indiana Saturday night, and Giannis had his first points-assists double double since December 16th against the Bulls.
King of the Court- Tobias Harris, Detroit Pistons
The Detroit Pistons have had an up-and-down season to say the least. Head coach Stan Van Gundy has been mixing up the lineup frequently throughout the year to see which one works the best. Former Buck Tobias Harris began the season as a starter for the Pistons, but he was moved to the bench per an experiment (That experiment involved inserting another former Buck, Jon Leuer, into the starting lineup).
This experiment has been working as of late. During the Pistons’ two wins this past week, Harris has a combined plus-minus of +49, a ridiculous feat which was crucial in their wins over the Lakers and Raptors. Harris posted averages of 19.7 points (62% FG, 50% 3Pt), 5.3 rebounds, and 1.3 steals across 29.3 minutes over the past three games.