The Milwaukee Bucks started their Las Vegas Summer League Campaign out with a bang Saturday night as John Henson and Dominique Jones led Milwaukee to a comfortable 88-74 victory over the Denver Nuggets. Hey, I know it’s not the best of competition, but man; it sure feels good to have some Bucks basketball back.
It was an all-around solid victory for this Bucks squad, who never trailed in this contest. Milwaukee as a team shot 32-64 (50%) from the field and 6-11 (54%) from downtown. Let’s look at some individual performances, shall we?
GAME MVP: John Henson, who recorded 19 points, 13 rebounds and 3 blocked shots in roughly 20 minutes of play. Henson shot 7-10 from the field, 5-8 on free throws and was +18 for the night. Henson gave us exactly what we had hoped to see from the second year big man; a dominating performance down low. His combination of length and touch around the rim was fun to watch, and the Nuggets had no answer for him. With Henson’s nimbleness also came some power, as the Sophomore added a few emphatic jams to his stat line- including a sweet one handed tip-slam. With Henson’s help, the Bucks dominated Nuggets in points coming from the paint area: 44 to 26. S0 yeah, John Henson is fun to watch. He’s a man amongst boys in this league.
ALSO IMPRESSIVE: Dominique Jones, the 24 year old 4th year swingman who spent the last three seasons with the Dallas Mavericks. Jones had 18 points on 6-10 shooting while also adding 2 assists and 3 boards. Jones had a number of crafty drives to the hoop and showed his potential as a scorer in the Association. The only major red flag of his performance was his not-so-efficient 6 turnovers recorded. Look for him to work on taking better care of the ball in tomorrow’s game.
OTHERS: Rookie guard Nate Wolters struggled to find his shot a bit, shooting just 2-8 with 4 points, but looked very good on defense, playing actively and recording 2 steals. Gustavo Ayon had a very selective and efficient offensive performance, scoring 8 points on 4-4 shooting while also adding 4 rebounds. Ish Smith was a game-best +26, despite a lack-luster 3-7 shooting performance which tallied him 6 points along with 2 dimes and a board.
WHAT’S NEXT: Milwaukee is back in action on Sunday as they’ll take on the Pelicans of New Orleans at 7:30 CT on NBA TV. The Pelicans- led by Austin Rivers and former Buck Jon Brockman- also boast a 1-0 record after defeating the Knicks on Friday.