Milwaukee Bucks: 3 reasons for D.J. Augustin’s early struggles

ORLANDO, FL - JANUARY 11 (Photo by Alex Menendez/Getty Images)
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Milwaukee Bucks: D.J. Augustin
ORLANDO, FL – JANUARY 11 (Photo by Alex Menendez/Getty Images) /

Milwaukee Bucks: Reason No. 2 for D.J. Augustin’s struggles – Adjusting to a new role

Embracing a new setting is nothing new for Augustin as the Bucks are the ninth team he has played for in his journeyed career. However, the difference is that he is played a much smaller role with the Bucks than almost everywhere else he has been.

For reference, Augustin had carved himself out a steady role with the Magic for four seasons before coming over to Milwaukee this offseason. In 291 games with Orlando, 150 of those coming as starts, the veteran averaged 10.1 points and 4.1 assists in 25.6 minutes per contest. Augustin had a prominent role in the offense by averaging 7.9 field goal attempts per game over that span, including 3.7 3-point attempts per game.

Since joining the Bucks, Augustin is getting just five shot attempts, including 3.2 from long-range over 16.9 minutes a night. With the widespread collection of talent on this roster, Augustin understandably sees fewer minutes and shots while getting accustomed to an entirely new system. This change of scenery is something that the guard discussed when he first signed with the team.

Playing alongside this much talent, it has been an adjusting period for Augustin to find his role. As time passes and the veteran gets more burn with his new teammates, he will seemingly continue to get more familiar.