MarJon Beauchamp needs to develop his offensive game across the board for the Milwaukee Bucks
Beauchamp’s offensive game is still very much a work in progress, hard stop. He averaged just 5.1 points, 2.2 rebounds, and 0.7 assists per game in his 52 appearances for Milwaukee. He shot 39.5 percent from the field and 33.1 percent from 3-point range in his 13.5 minutes per game, the lion’s share of which came in garbage time.
On the offensive end, Beauchamp is a good slasher who can get to the rim and finish above the rim. He is also a good shooter from beyond the arc, but he needs to improve his consistency. He is already a decent-to-good long-range shooter, but he needs to improve his ball-handling and finishing to be able to rack up points with efficiency. He also still needs to learn how to create his own shot if he wants to use his mid-range ability effectively.
What might be a cause for concern is that almost a fourth of all of Beauchamp’s shot attempts from deep were classified as “wide open,” and he only converted on 30.1 percent of those shots, per NBA.com tracking data. To put it simply, he was just raw all around on the offensive end. Cleaning the Glass (Subscription required) says he scored 97.5 points per 100 shot attempts, good for just the 10th percentile among players in his position. As a result, the Bucks’ offensive rating went from 117.2 points per 100 possession with Marjon on the bench, to 109.1 when he plays, per PBP Stats.
Beauchamp needs to improve his ball-handling skills, as he can be turnover-prone at times. He also needs to improve his finishing skills around the rim since he is already not great at creating his own shot.
That doesn’t mean the potential isn’t there. Beauchamp’s best game of the season came on November 14, when he scored 20 points in a loss to the Atlanta Hawks. He also had a double-double on February 25, 2023, when he scored 13 points and grabbed 10 rebounds in a win over the Detroit Pistons.
He’s nowhere near the three-level scorer he can be just yet, but if he can improve his offensive game across the board, he will become a bigger threat on the court to take the load off Giannis Antetokounmpo.
All this can be chalked up to the fact that Beauchamp is still a rookie. Some of these skills can be learned the more playing time he gets in this league. And thankfully, he’ll be sharing the court with accomplished offensive players as it is, so there won’t be much pressure on him to excel on that end of the floor.