Milwaukee Bucks: 3 reasons why D.J. Wilson’s best is yet to come

MILWAUKEE, WI - MAY 8: (Photo by Nathaniel S. Butler/NBAE via Getty Images)
MILWAUKEE, WI - MAY 8: (Photo by Nathaniel S. Butler/NBAE via Getty Images) /
2 of 4
Milwaukee Bucks' D.J. Wilson
(Photo by Jonathan Bachman/Getty Images) /

Wilson has never had a prominent role

As previously stated, D.J. Wilson’s career has primarily revolved around him watching from the sidelines. The most significant opportunity he received was in the 2018-19 season, where he played in 48 games and averaged 18.4 minutes per game.

Throughout that season, Wilson averaged 5.8 points, 4.6 rebounds, and 1.1 assists per game. Although his stats were not out of this world, the forward finally had the opportunity to prove himself consistently for a good portion of the season.

However, the team traded for veteran sharpshooter Nikola Mirotic and Wilson’s minutes went back to being hit or miss. For the remainder of the regular season, Wilson played in several games and put up some stellar performances when given the chance. However, his playing time nearly vanished when the postseason came around, with Mirotic having taken his spot in the rotation.

Wilson had not played at an All-Star level by any means, but the former first-round draft pick proved to be a worthy rotational player and played his role well until Mirotic arrived.

The forward’s playing time took a drastic hit once again this season as his minutes trended downward to 9.0 per game, typically having taken place in the final few minutes. With scattered minutes once again, Wilson’s opportunity to showcase his talents was nearly non-existent this season.

With no certified role in the rotation, how can Wilson genuinely prove himself? He cannot, and although there is nothing wrong with choosing the experienced players over him, fans should not be so quick to move on from Wilson with inconsistent minutes.