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Bucks’ Antetokounmpo striking together one other big season

Welcome to the 2020-21 model of the Bucks Weekly Highlight. Each Thursday, we’ll music the event of the players who are attempting to back Milwaukee develop a championship traipse and provides updates on assorted players from the old week.

Here’s the Eighth model of the 2020-21 Bucks Weekly Highlight.

SPOTLIGHT ON …

Forward Giannis Antetokounmpo

It remains to be viewed if the reigning assist-to-assist NBA MVP will receive the award for a third straight season, but there’s no doubt Antetokounmpo is the MVP of the Bucks.

He’s being relied on bigger than ever this season by head coach Mike Budenholzer. In Budenholzer’s first two seasons, Giannis moderate 32.8 and 30.4 minutes a sport, down from his over 35 minutes per sport in every of the old three years.

This season, Antetokounmpo is averaging 33.6 minutes per contest while striking up his in overall unworldly numbers (28.6 ppg, 11.8 rpg, occupation-excessive 6.0 apg). In both January and February, Antetokounmpo has averaged bigger than 34 minute per sport (34.1 and 34.0).

Previously week, his minutes were down – but merely honest a cramped – to a median of 33.9 in Milwaukee’s four games. This contains Tuesday’s sport vs. Minnesota when he conducted merely 29 minutes.

Presumably if he become up to his moderate Antetokounmpo wouldn’t stare his inch of double-double games raze at seven straight, the second-longest such traipse of any NBA player this season (Denver’s Nikola Jokic had a nine-sport inch). Antetokounmpo furthermore had the league’s third-longest double-double inch this season, six games from Jan. 18-30.

Restful, it’s not adore he had a rotten week. In these four games he averaged 31.8 choices, 14.3 rebounds and 7.3 assists. Antetokounmpo is coming off assist-to-assist 30-level games – 38 and 37 to be real – which provides him 13 30-level games this season, tied for fifth-most within the NBA.

And within the event you haven’t seen, Giannis has improved on his free-throw shooting. Over his final three games, Antetokounmpo is 37-of-47 from the freeway, or 78.7%. He furthermore shot 56.1% from the self-discipline in these contests while averaging 34.7 choices, 15.0 rebounds, 6.7 assists, 1.3 steals and 1.7 blocks.

Presumably a third straight MVP isn’t that far out of the realm of risk?

BUCKSHOTS

— Talking of scorching shooting, Bryn Forbes sank 5 of 9 3-level makes an attempt in opposition to the Timberwolves and made 12 of 26 (46.2%) in Milwaukee’s four games final week. He’s scored in double digits in six straight games and had a season excessive 23 choices in opposition to Minnesota. He’s at 46.9% from downtown on the season.

— Donte DiVincenzo, who is averaging a occupation-excessive 26.4 minutes per sport, become at 28.3 minutes per contest final week. He averaged 12.0 choices, 5.0 rebounds and 3.3 assists final week, merely above his season marks (10.1, 4.5, 2.8).

— Bobby Portis continues to hit from downtown. He made 62.5% of his 3-level makes an attempt final week and is tied for second within the NBA at 50.0%.

— Pat Connaughton may perhaps well merely need humble numbers – 7.0 choices, 5.0 rebounds and 2.0 assists in four games – but he had the second-most productive field score plus/minus on the team over that span — +11.0. Antetokounmpo led with +16.3. No one else become in double figures.

— Thanasis Antetokounmpo averaged 5.0 rebounds final week regardless of taking half in merely 13.4 minutes per sport.

— The G League’s Lakeland Magic conducted 5 games in seven days final week. Milwaukee’s two-formula player Mamadi Diakite averaged 18.6 choices and 9.4 rebounds in that span, posting four double-doubles and three games with 20+ choices.

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