Bad offense, worse defense: Bucks hope to score against 76ers league worst defense

Nov 22, 2013; ZaZa Pachulia keeps the ball from recently traded Spencer Hawes and Lavoy Allen. Howard Smith-USA TODAY Sports

The Bucks (10-45) will see the other half of the Pacers-Sixers deadline deal tonight in Philadelphia (15-41).

The 76ers parted with Spencer Hawes, Evan Turner and Lavoy Allen at the February 20 trade deadline. Together, that’s 35.5 ppg and 20.0 rpg. Against the Mavs, Michael Carter-Williams, Thaddeus Young, and Tony Wroten picked up the slack with a combined 75 points and 22 rebounds. Defense was the problem that night—as it’s been all season—while the Mavs amassed 124 points.

Newly acquired Danny Granger, Byron Mullens, Henry Simms, and Eric Maynor will get their first opportunity with the 76ers tonight. Granger, a prolific scorer with the Pacers before a knee injury bothered him the last two seasons, may have an opportunity to up his production with increased usage on a poor 76ers roster. Or, Granger could not get any opportunity at all with the 76ers as he seeks a buyout.

One of the worst offenses in the league will get a crack at the 76ers league worst defense. Brandon Knight has had a terrific month of February, averaging 22.4 points and 6.9 assists. He scored an efficient 30 points against the Pacers on Saturday. A huge part of Knight’s growth has been reducing his turnovers. In February, his assist to turnover ration is over 2, significantly better than his 1.88 rating for the season. If he begins to score more efficiently, he could cement himself as a part of the Bucks future core.

In a high scoring, uptempo game, Giannis Antetokounmpo might have an opportunity to break out of a prolonged slump of sorts. He shines in transition, so an opportunity to run the floor against a poor defense allows him to rack up points and assists. Antetokounmpo is averaging just 6.4 points, 1.6 assists and 4.1 rebounds in the month of February.

 

 

Projected Starters

Bucks

PG – Brandon Knight

SG – Nate Wolters

SF – Khris Middleton

PF – Ersan Ilyasova

C – Zaza Pachulia

 

76ers

PG – Michael Carter-Williams

SG – Elliot Williams

SF – James Anderson

PF – Thaddeus Young

C – Arnett Moultrie

 

Per Game Leaders

Points: Knight (17.0), Carter-Williams (17.3)

Assists: Knight (5.0), Carter-Wlliams (6.3)

Rebounds: Adrien (11.0), Young (6.3)

Blocks: Henson (2.14), Carter-Williams (0.7)

Topics: Brandon Knight, Milwaukee Bucks, Philadelphia 76ers

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