Milwaukee Bucks: Handing out player awards at the quarter mark

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Milwaukee Bucks: Jordan Nwora, Utah Jazz: Bojan Bogdanovic
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Milwaukee Bucks’ rookie at the quarter way mark – Jordan Nwora

The Bucks selected a pair of promising rookies in the 2020 NBA Draft in Jordan Nwora and Sam Merrill. The two have not gotten much stability in head coach Mike Budenholzer’s nightly rotation, but in this case, Nwora has the better argument for rookie honors.

Nwora has made eight appearances this season for a total of 72 minutes, and he has shown untapped potential. In his limited run, the rookie has averaged six points on .500/.500/.900 shooting splits, and 1.7 rebounds per game. While most of Nwora’s minutes have come during mop-up duty in the final quarter of games, he did impress when he was called upon for second quarter action earlier this season.

In a January 6 victory over the Detroit Pistons, Nwora played a season-high 15 minutes, scoring 11 points on 4-of-5 shooting, including 3-of-3 from behind the arc. He has primarily spectated since then, but there is no doubt that the Bucks have a special offensive talent waiting on the bench.

Hopefully, Nwora can get some more minutes as the season progresses because the potential is all there for the 22-year-old rookie. The 3-point prowess he possesses is the most significant reason that the team selected him with the 45th overall pick in last year’s draft, and he has been confident letting it fly from behind the arc for the Bucks.