Milwaukee Bucks: The 3 keys behind their league-leading offense

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Milwaukee Bucks: D.J. Augustin

Jan 4, 2021; Milwaukee, WI, USA (Nick Monroe/Pool Photo-USA TODAY Sports)

The Milwaukee Bucks have come out of the gate and have built the league’s best offense to start the 2020-21 season. Let’s break down why that is.

11 games into their run this 2020-21 season and it’s clear the Milwaukee Bucks‘ offense has been in top form out of the gate.

Operating as the league’s best offense by a good margin as they’re averaging 118.6 points per 100 possessions, per NBA.com/stats, the Bucks have certainly retooled their firepower for the better following their busy offseason.

While the number of additions that have made an early impact on the Bucks has certainly helped, there have been some fundamental changes that have helped foster the kind of offensive explosion we’re seeing to start the season.

So without further ado, let’s dive into the three big factors that have contributed to the Milwaukee Bucks’ offensive explosion to start the 2020-21 season.

First key – Milwaukee Bucks have been lights out from three

The Bucks have certainly put their offseason additions and overall shooting boost to good use to start their 2020-21 season.

There was no greater need for the Bucks to address than their shotmaking after having seen it gone cold in each of their last two playoff runs. And with shooting specialists like Kyle Korver and Wesley Matthews having departed through the offseason, the Bucks looked to the draft and free agency to shore up their middling shooting abilities.

It’s easy to look at the Bucks having made the most triples of any team this season or that they have the second-highest 3-point percentage three weeks into their run. Now, the Bucks have reaped the benefits of beefing up their shooting from well outside the 3-point line.

Per NBA.com/stats, there is no team shooting more threes taken from 25 to 29 feet this season than the Bucks and they’re tied for the highest percentage on such attempts at 42 percent.

New additions like Bryn Forbes, Jrue Holiday and Bobby Portis have contributed to the team’s hot shooting start. But the Bucks’ precious few holdovers from last season like Donte DiVincenzo and Khris Middleton have been as influential to how improved the Bucks’ shooting has looked so far.

Setting an NBA-record 29 threes in their win over the Miami Heat late last month will serve as a big exclamation point that shows what the Bucks’ revamped firepower is capable of. While that may be an outlier, he certainly looks like letting it fly has come with better results.

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