Milwaukee Bucks: Predicting 2021-22 statistical leaders in major categories

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Milwaukee Bucks: Giannis Antetokounmpo, Brook Lopez, Miami Heat: Duncan Robinson
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Milwaukee Bucks: 2021-22 blocks per game leader — Brook Lopez

Lopez has been an anchor for the Bucks on defense over the past several years, and he will continue to do so moving forward. The big man led the team in blocks per game last season with 1.5 per game, and he could undoubtedly hit a similar mark next season. His transformation into one of the better shot blockers in the league today has been something to behold, and one of his goals for next season should revolve around making a run at being the NBA’s next block leader, which would only bolster Milwaukee’s top-tier defense.

Antetokounmpo trailed Lopez last season in this department by totaling 1.2 blocks on average, and given his prowess as an all-around defender, he could make a case here as well. However, with how often Lopez plays close to the basket, he will likely take the block total for the second consecutive year, while Antetokounmppo will give a valiant effort.

Milwaukee Bucks: 2021-22 steals per game leader — Jrue Holiday

Holiday is about as elite as they come on the defensive end, and his presence helped make the Bucks more formidable on that side of the ball last season. He led the team in steals by grabbing 1.6 per game, which tied a career-high. He will find himself around a similar number next season, if not beyond that, which should make him the team’s leader. If Holiday puts on another fantastic defensive season, not only could he earn the title as Milwaukee’s steals leader, but he could earn the most prestigious award on that side of the ball, the Defensive Player of the Year.

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