For our first fan vote on the upcoming Milwaukee Bucks season we asked fans on Twitter who they thought will be the sixth man for the 2022-23 season, Bobby Portis beat out Pat Connaughton by a narrow margin. For our second fan vote we posed the question, “who will lead the Milwaukee Bucks in assists for the 2022-23 season?” Could it be Jrue Holiday, the primary point guard who led the Bucks in assists last season? Could Giannis Antetokounmpo lead the Bucks in assists as a ball dominant player surrounded by capable shooters? What about Khris Middleton who averaged just 0.4 assists fewer than Giannis? Finally we threw in a dark horse option, Joe Ingles, who will have a shorter season to work with after his injury but is still a very underrated passer and playmaker.
Milwaukee Bucks fan vote: Jrue Holiday will lead in assists
Not a terribly shocking outcome that Jrue Holiday was voted by nearly 200 fans to be the leader in assists for the Milwaukee Bucks, Holiday managed to garner over half of the votes, winning 51 percent of votes in his favor.
Jrue Holiday averaged 6.8 assists during the 2021-22 season for the Milwaukee Bucks, the most on the team by a full assist per game. The 6.8 assists he averaged last season were above his career average and 0.7 more assists than he averaged during the Milwaukee Bucks championship season in 2020-21, Holiday’s first season with the team.
You would have to go back to the 2018-19 season when Holiday was with the New Orleans Pelicans to find a season where Holiday averaged more assists than he did last season. According to NBA.com Jrue Holiday’s assists during the regular season resulted in 18.0 points per game added for the Milwaukee Bucks, a very helpful contribution to the team when considering Holiday had one of his better shooting seasons last year. When adding the 18.0 points off his assists to the 18.3 points Holiday scored himself, Jrue Holiday was essentially responsible for 36.3 points per game for the Milwaukee Bucks, the Bucks as a team averaged 115.5 points per game, meaning Jrue Holiday scored or assisted on over 31 percent of the Milwaukee Bucks points last season, very solid and a very reasonable choice for who to lead the Bucks in assists in 2022-23.