What Can The Bucks Do Really Well?

The Milwaukee Bucks are possibly the worst team in the NBA.  The 76ers could catch them if they put their tanking boots on but it’s not likely.  Larry Drew‘s team is on pace to win only sixteen games.  Of course it’s not all Drew’s fault.

Who has played the most minutes for Milwaukee this year?  That would be Khris Middleton, a second round draft pick in 2012.

The average age of their top four players by total minutes is twenty-two.

The Bucks’ veteran presence is O.J. Mayo.

That wasn’t a joke.

Milwaukee is inexperienced but they have also been unlucky.  Center Larry Sanders in particular has missed half their games this year.

On the bright side they do one thing exceptionally well.  Protect the rim.  The Bucks have four legit shot blockers.

  1. John Henson
  2. Larry Sanders
  3. Ekpe Udoh
  4. Giannis Antetokounmpo

According to NBA.com there are 82 players with at least 30 blocks this year.  Among these shot blockers the median opponents field goal percentage allowed at the rim is 50%.  Representing the median are guys like Tyson Chandler, LaMarcus Aldridge and Chris Bosh.

Back to Milwaukee, all four of their shot blockers hold opponents to under 46% shooting at the rim.  This is Serge Ibaka and Joakim Noah territory.

The good news is the Bucks are set on defense at the three, four and five spots for years to come.  Now if they get healthy and plug in a top flight scoring wing from the draft they could be competitive in 2015.

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