Milwaukee Bucks: 3 reasons to believe Sterling Brown could get back on track

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Milwaukee Bucks' Sterling Brown
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Secondary playmaking

One of the biggest pushes Budenholzer and his coaching staff have made with Brown has been helping him to become more confident and gain experience handling the ball and create some level of offense as a focal point.

And like Brown’s overall career arc through his three seasons with the Bucks, his ups and downs in this regard haven’t really changed his largely complementary role all that much.

But while Brown is far from a lead ball handler, his unselfish nature does lend itself to keeping the ball moving and being able to create plays on the move in a pinch. Brown has tallied a 1.44 assist-to-turnover ratio to this point in his career.

Where Brown’s ability to take on ball handling responsibilities has failed him this season is his dribble drive game and finishing at the rim. Brown converted 16 of his 41 driving attempts this season (39 percent) and he put down a paltry 51.6 percent of his 62 finishes in the restricted area.

Brown’s shot creation for himself has come and gone, but being able to survey the floor and make the right reads for others still makes him a useful cog that can handle the rock on occasion.

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Whether his overall paint penetration meets up to that potential remains to be seen, but the flashes are there for him to be more than just a spot up threat at this stage.