Antetokounmpo supplied 20 points (6-11 FG, 0-2 3Pt, 8-11 FT), six rebounds, five assists, two blocks and one steal across 31 minutes in Wednesday's 111-103 preseason win over the Pacers.
Antetokounmpo's transition to a full-time role at point guard began in the second half of last season and has gone swimmingly so far in the preseason, even with the 6-foot-11 wunderkind surpassing 30 minutes on just two occasions. Over his last five outings, Antetokounmpo is averaging on 16.2 points on an efficient 52.8 percent shooting to go with 5.8 rebounds, 4.2 assists and 1.0 block in 27.2 minutes per game. As expected, he's noticed a spike in turnovers and still hasn't proven himself as a threat beyond the arc, but the counting stats he's put up more than make up for those deficiencies.
Antetokounmpo supplied 21 points (7-11 FG, 1-2 3Pt, 6-7 FT), six rebounds and four assists across 33 minutes in Monday's 102-78 preseason loss to the Pistons.
The Bucks appeared to treat the game as a dress rehearsal for the regular season, as Antetokounmpo saw a normal minutes load and thrived in his role as point forward. While he hasn't received much support from his teammates in three straight blowout losses, Antetokounmpo has turned in fantastic production, averaging 18.3 points (on 58.8% shooting), 5.6 rebounds, 4.6 assists and 1.0 block over 27.3 minutes per game. He's likely to go in the first two rounds in most fantasy leagues.
Antetokounmpo compiled 20 points (6-13 FG, 1-2 3Pt, 7-11 FT), six assists, five rebounds and one block across 25 minutes in Wednesday's 101-83 preseason loss to the Pacers.
Antetokounmpo was far and away the Bucks' best player on a night when the team shot a miserable 33.7 percent from the floor, which may have depressed his assist total even more than it should have been. With more ball-handling responsibilities set to come his way this season, Antetokounmpo should regularly challenge for triple-doubles, and the absence of Khris Middleton (hamstring) on the wing may even prompt the Greek Freak to score a little more than expected.
Antetokounmpo scored 12 points (4-8 FG, 0-1 3Pt, 4-6 FT) to go with one rebound and two assists in Monday's preseason win over Chicago.
Antetokounmpo played only 24 minutes and sat out much of the second half, but the low assist and rebounding output is somewhat of a disappointment considering Antetokounmpo's gaudy all-around numbers after the All Star break last season. That said, preseason results should be taken with a grain of salt and Antetokounmpo remains a high-upside fantasy commodity who could be primed for a breakout season.
Antetokounmpo is expected to be limited to around 20 minutes during Monday's preseason opener versus the Bulls, C.F. Gardner of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reports.
The Bucks will get their first glimpse of their new $100 million man on Monday, but it appears he'll have his minutes restricted, as coach Jason Kidd doesn't want to give his starters too many minutes throughout the preseason. It remains to be seen if he'll immediately be used as the Bucks' primary ball handler, but as the preseason moves along, we should get a better glimpse of how coach Jason Kidd plans to use him.
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