As the Milwaukee Bucks prepare to resume action after the All-Star break, how has each player’s play graded up to the league’s tradition midseason interval?
With the All-Star weekend festivities now in the rearview mirror, the real business of the NBA season can begin for the Milwaukee Bucks and their rivals around the NBA.
The Bucks have just 28 regular season games remaining following what’s now the league’s slightly later than midseason break, meaning the stretch run is rapidly approaching for the league leaders.
Milwaukee finds itself in a dream position approaching that juncture of the season, with a magic number of 4 left to clinch their playoff spot, and the No. 1 seed all but assured barring an unprecedented collapse over the final two months.
With that in mind, it seems like the perfect moment to pause and reflect on just what kind of form each individual Buck will carry with them into these decisive final few months of the season.
To do just that, I’ve worked my way through all 15 players currently on full roster, postseason eligible deals with the Bucks, weighed up their contributions to this point in the year, and assigned them a grade for their performance.
These are not grades designed to rank the players in terms of their skill or importance to the team, but more to explore how their play this season has fared relative to expectations, their past production, and the more general sense of what they should have been capable of this year.
So without further ado, let’s get down to it and, using alphabetical order by surname, open up with the highest profile Bucks player of them all.