Milwaukee Bucks: 3 challenges that have plagued Milwaukee so far

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3 challenges that have plagued Milwaukee Bucks so far – Free throw shooting

The Bucks have one of the more prolific offenses in the NBA that is currently averaging 119.5 points per game, the third-most in the association.

Despite their ability to run up the scoreboard, the Bucks have had their issues from the free-throw line. They are currently connecting on just 73.5 percent of their attempts from the charity stripe, which ranks an abysmal 25th in the league.

Milwaukee’s lackluster percent is currently being bogged down by Giannis Antetokounmpo, whose struggles from the line are nothing new. The two-time MVP is currently connecting on just 5.5 of his 9.4 free throw attempts per game, making for a career-worst 58.3 percent.

Antetokounmpo’s free throw shooting woes have been a prominent storyline this season, which started with a simple tweak in his form in the preseason. The experiment has been hit or miss, but Antetokounmpo most notably received his share of criticism after a 1-for-10 outing at the line during a recent victory over the Dallas Mavericks. He spoke with ESPN’s Eric Woodyard after the game about his lackluster performance and how he plans to improve, stating:

"“It’s simple,” the reigning two-time MVP said Friday night after making just one of his 10 free throws in a 112-109 victory over the Dallas Mavericks. “Just go back. Shoot more. Focus on your technique. Take it step by step. Just shoot more. That’s it. The more you shoot, the more you work on it, the better you get. There’s no secret in that.”"

While Antetokounmpo is not solely at fault for the Bucks’ free throw issues, he undoubtedly has accounted for a large portion of them. Hopefully, the Greek Freak can find some consistency from the line, which remains his Achilles’ heel.