Milwaukee Bucks: What’s trending through the sixth week of the season

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Jan 27, 2021; Tampa, Florida, USA (Mandatory Credit: Mary Holt-USA TODAY Sports)
Jan 27, 2021; Tampa, Florida, USA (Mandatory Credit: Mary Holt-USA TODAY Sports) /

The ups and downs continue for the Milwaukee Bucks this 2020-21 season.

After having split their four games over the last week, the Bucks now return home having fallen in their last two games against the New Orleans Pelicans and the Charlotte Hornets. They’ve seen their record slide to 11-8 on the year and more concerning, the way their road trip ended showed that they’re very much a work in progress at this stage.

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It’s been far from what we’ve been used to seeing from the Bucks over the Mike Budenholzer era and the answers to they seek to resolve their inconsistencies have yet to reveal themselves.

So without further ado, let’s take a look at some emerging trends from the Milwaukee Bucks’ uneven week both at home and on the road.

Khris Middleton’s all around play has been a rising trend for the Milwaukee Bucks.

It’s no secret that Khris Middleton has gotten off to a very strong start to the season and it goes well beyond his efficient three-level scoring.

In his 19 appearances on the season, Middleton is averaging 21.4 points on .510/.439/.933 shooting. But adding in marks like 6.5 rebounds, 5.8 assists and a steal per game only begins to highlight Middleton’s all-around play.

Over these last four games, Middleton averaged just over 19 points, 7.5 rebounds, 6.5 assists and a steal per game. That was helped by a strong showing in the Bucks’ 115-108 win over the Toronto Raptors in which he came three assists shy of a triple-double.

While he didn’t shoot the ball well in the Bucks’ loss to New Orleans, Middleton’s presence was felt as the Bucks had to climb all the way from a 28-point deficit as late as midway through the third quarter. Falling shy of two rebounds and two assists of another triple-double, Middleton has managed to contribute in other ways, even on off nights.

As the Bucks look to find their way towards consistent play, Middleton will be an integral piece to correct their current form. And as far as individual accolades go, it’s clear Middleton’s case to earn a third straight All-Star berth this season has never been stronger.