Milwaukee Bucks: 3 All-Stars Donte DiVincenzo should look to emulate

SACRAMENTO, CA - JANUARY 10: Donte DiVincenzo #0 of the Milwaukee Bucks speaks with media after defeating the Sacramento Kings on January 10, 2020 at Golden 1 Center in Sacramento, California. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images Agreement. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 2020 NBAE (Photo by Rocky Widner/NBAE via Getty Images)
SACRAMENTO, CA - JANUARY 10: Donte DiVincenzo #0 of the Milwaukee Bucks speaks with media after defeating the Sacramento Kings on January 10, 2020 at Golden 1 Center in Sacramento, California. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images Agreement. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 2020 NBAE (Photo by Rocky Widner/NBAE via Getty Images) /
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Khris Middleton

Lastly, DiVincenzo could certainly do a lot worse than to look a little closer to home for inspiration as he continues to work on his game.

In Giannis Antetokounmpo, he can look to a mid first round pick that went on to be the league’s best player, while more realistically, Khris Middleton also offers the example of a second round pick who has built his game to the point where he’s now a two-time All-Star.

As I touched on recently, the secret for Middleton on that front has been rounding out his game as he’s continued to pick up experience in the NBA.

Middleton’s value comes from the fact that he can do more than a little of everything, and he can do so efficiently too.

In looking at DiVincenzo’s numbers adjusted per 36 minutes this season, (14.6 points, 7.6 rebounds, 3.6 assists, 2.1 steals) it’s already clear that such a progression isn’t beyond him.

Also important to note from Middleton’s journey is the fact that he managed to ascend to All-Star status while never taking on a me-first style of play, instead maintaining, and even improving upon his ability to slot in as a perfect complementary piece alongside Giannis.

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DiVincenzo may never achieve the kind of success that Middleton has, but he’s certainly an example of what could still be possible for the 23-year-old.