The Milwaukee Bucks played their second summer league game last night, after dealing with some late game scoreboard confusion, the Bucks lost to the Boston Celtics 111-109. The recently waived, then brought back pair of Luca Vildoza and Rayjon Tucker, both were the starting lineup, joining first round pick MarJon Beauchamp, second year big man Sandro Mamukelashvili and Dewan Hernandez. Let’s look at three takeaways for the young Bucks from their second summer league game.
Takeaways from Milwaukee Bucks second summer league game: MarJon Beauchamp looks great
For the second straight game, MarJon Beauchamp has recorded over 15 points while shooting 50 percent from the field, Beauchamp was 6-for-12 in both games and also 50 percent on 3-point shots in both games as well, 2-for-4 in the Brooklyn game and 3-for-6 in the Boston game.
It is very, very early into MarJon Beauchamp’s tenure with the Milwaukee Bucks, but the super early returns are encouraging. Beauchamp is showing good instincts around the rim, not shying away from contact, putting in some acrobatic finishes and showing a pretty good looking shooting form. The shooting form was something of a question mark when he was drafted so it’s good to see him early in his Bucks career looking like his form is smooth and repeatable whether he has a lot of space or has a defender close to him.
Takeaways from Milwaukee Bucks second summer league game: Lindell Wigginton is getting buckets
In the Milwaukee Bucks first summer league game Lindell Wigginton put up 17 points and seven assists, he expanded on that in the second game by dropping 24 points while adding five rebounds and five assists. Combined through the two games Wigginton is shooting a very efficient 12-for-19 (63.2 percent) from the field, 5-for-10 on 3-pointers (50 percent) and 12-for-16 at the free throw line (75 percent).
In Monday’s game against the Boston Celtics, Wigginton was scoring in a variety of ways, making threes, mid-range jump shots and layups while also getting to the free throw line. What stood out from this game were two specific things, first, Wigginton’s decision making in the fast break, he looked to be making correct decisions when it came to attacking the basket looking to score and when to pass to a teammate. The second area was running the pick and roll, Wigginton executed the pick and roll for scores several times, whether it be hitting open mid-range shots coming off the screen or finding the roll man when defenders paid extra attention to Wigginton.
Wigginton, for what it’s worth also came within inches of hitting a three quarter court shot that would have won the game for the Bucks. For all of the good things Wigginton has done through the first two games of summer league, on the flip side, he needs to cut down on his turnovers if he wants to find himself wearing a Bucks uniform in the future, six in the first game and five in the second, Wigginton’s assist numbers look nice, but he needs to make his assist to turnover ratio look better.
Takeaways from Milwaukee Bucks second summer league game: Sandro Mamukelashvili has an offensive bag
Sandro Mamukelashvili was all over the place in Monday’s loss. Mamu recorded a game high 28 points on 9-of-19 shooting, nine rebounds (four offensive), two assists, three steals and two blocks.
Mamukelashvili was doing well scoring at all three levels, shown by his 3-point shooting, Mamu was 3-for-5 behind the 3-point line, he also made some tough post fade jump shots and jump hooks and also unleashed a poster dunk off of a very nice dribble-drop step move in the post.
Despite having the ball in his hands so much, Sandro recorded only one turnover, it’s encouraging to see young players taking care of the ball and not being careless. However, potentially the most noteworthy part of Mamukelashvili’s game and stat line, are the defensive notes. Three steals and two blocks, Mamu had active hands that created some deflections and made driving lanes hard for opposing ball handlers, then of the two blocks he recorded, one was on an undersized opponent but the other was a block off the backboard, something as Bucks fans we’ve become accustomed to seeing Brook Lopez and Giannis Antetokounmpo do.
If Sandro Mamukelashvili can take a big step forward defensively this season, paired with the offensive skill-set he clearly has, he could work his way into the rotation next season.
Stay tuned for analysis on the Bucks final two summer league games this afternoon and tomorrow night.