Milwaukee Bucks: What’s trending through first two weeks of season

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MIAMI, FLORIDA – DECEMBER 29: (Photo by Michael Reaves/Getty Images)
MIAMI, FLORIDA – DECEMBER 29: (Photo by Michael Reaves/Getty Images) /

In the first of a weekly series, let’s look at the early trends that have emerged from the Milwaukee Bucks’ uneven start to the 2020-21 season.

Six games into the 2020-21 season, the Milwaukee Bucks have had an up and down start.

Fresh off a 30-point blowout victory over the Chicago Bulls, the Bucks have shown to take care of business just as we’ve been accustomed to seeing over the Mike Budenholzer. That has been accompanied by some early season lows and growing pains that come with overhauling half of their roster from last season.

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Throughout it all, there have been some interesting things and performances to gleam from over Milwaukee’s play a week-and-a-half into their run.

So without further ado, let’s look at some of the bigger trends that has emerged through the first six games of the Milwaukee Bucks’ 2020-21 season, shall we?

Khris Middleton has been a rising trend, thanks to his hot start to the season

There’s no question that Khris Middleton has come out of the gates firing on all cylinders to start this season.

Averaging 21.2 points, 6.3 assists and 5.8 rebounds while shooting .516/.485/1.000 through his first six games, Middleton has picked up from where he left off in his pursuit of notching a 50-40-90 season. With the exception of the Bucks’ loss to the Miami Heat midway through last week, Middleton has been the Bucks’ most consistent performer and scorer to start the year.

His standout showings against the Golden State Warriors on Christmas Day or the first night of back-to-back against the Heat has given the Bucks a fulcrum to lean on, especially as the two-time MVP, Giannis Antetokounmpo, has had a rollercoaster start to the year.

But Middleton’s outstanding three-level scoring hasn’t been the only strength to shine in his well-round skill set. The fact that Middleton currently leads this Bucks team with his aforementioned 6.3 assists per game and has a 2.92 assist-to-turnover ratio points to his incredible effectiveness leading the Bucks’ offense and the chemistry he’s generating with a new-look supporting cast.

The Bucks’ up and down start has been clear to see and so has Middleton’s brilliance as well. As they search for some much-needed consistency amid all of their changes this offseason, Middleton has been there to bring things together for the Bucks.