Milwaukee Bucks: 3 areas in need of improvement at the All-Star break

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Second area the Milwaukee Bucks must improve after All-Star break — Bench scoring

The Bucks spent big this offseason to upgrade the roster, which included adding several household names to bolster the bench.

Bringing in notable free agents like Bobby Portis, Bryn Forbes, and D.J. Augustin, this second unit had the potential to be special, but inconsistencies have plagued them. The most obvious issue has been scoring, where the team has been either scorching hot or ice cold most nights.

With these inconsistencies taking charge, Milwaukee’s bench ranks just 18th overall by averaging 34.6 points per game this season. Given the high-profile personnel that the Bucks are fortunate enough to have at their disposal off the bench, that number could be far better.

Averaging a combined 20.2 points, Forbes and Portis have shouldered most of the scoring load off the bench. These two have been fantastic for a majority of this season, but one player that this team desperately needs to step up is Augustin. The 33-year-old guard is averaging just 6.1 points and is shooting an abysmal 35 percent from the field and 36.6 percent from deep.

Having one of his worst statistical seasons, Augustin could certainly help boost the production from Milwaukee’s bench if he can flip the switch. When firing on all cylinders, this bench has shown potential to be the best second unit in the league, but unfortunately, that has been a rarity to this point in the season.