Milwaukee Bucks: 3 players that need to step up through 11 games

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Milwaukee Bucks: D.J. Augustin
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Milwaukee Bucks that need to step up: D.J. Augustin

The Bucks found their new sixth man when they inked D.J. Augustin to a three-year deal worth $21 million this offseason. However, the 12-year veteran has struggled mightily throughout his 10 appearances so far this season.

The guard has averaged just six points on .346/.371/1.000 shooting splits, 1.3 rebounds, and 2.9 assists in 18  minutes per game. As evidenced by his 34.8 percent field goal percentage, the veteran has been able to find no rhythm offensively.

Augustin is someone that general manager Jon Horst was thrilled to bring aboard this offseason. While he has struggled to this point, it was clear to understand the excitement. Over the last four seasons, Augustin had been a solid point guard for the Orlando Magic both in the starting lineup and off the bench. The Bucks were in the market for shooting and playmaking this offseason, and Augustin checked off both boxes.

While he is a fantastic fit for this second unit, the Bucks simply need the guard to step up down the road. Milwaukee’s bench is currently in the middle of the pack in scoring by averaging 38.9 points per game, a mark that ranks 10th in the league.

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The other reserves have shown potential to make this bench something special, but D.J. Augustin could undoubtedly turn it up a notch if he can find his groove offensively.