Milwaukee was missing four rotation players in Giannis Antetokounmpo (ankle), Malcolm Brogdon (foot) and Ersan Ilyasova (illness) and Sterling Brown (wrist) for the front end of the back-to-back set, which helped Wilson assume the largest minutes load of his career. It's expected that Antetokounmpo will be back for Wednesday's game in Cleveland, but Wilson may not notice a dramatic downturn in playing time after Nikola Mirotic was diagnosed with a fractured left thumb in the aftermath of Tuesday's contest. Wilson may not necessarily step in for Mirotic in the starting five, but he'll be one of several players called upon to pick up the extra minutes that will be available due to Mirotic's absence.
Wilson went for 13 points (5-8 FG, 3-6 3Pt), two rebounds, and one assist in 16 minutes during Sunday's 130-125 loss to the 76ers.
Wilson was extremely efficient, sinking three threes for the third time through 36 appearances this season. It took an off night from Nikola Mirotic (two points on one-of-seven from the field), who filled in as a starter with Malcolm Brogdon (foot) out, for coach Mike Budenholzer to call upon Wilson. With that being said, the sophomore big man could be a candidate to earn decent minutes across the final 12 regular season games to help Budenholzer determine whether he can trust Wilson in the playoffs.
With the Bucks adding trade-deadline pickup Nikola Mirotic to the rotation for their first two games out of the All-Star break, coach Mike Budenholzer has elected to go with Ersan Ilyasova rather than Wilson as the fourth big man in the rotation. Ilyasova will still need to perform well to maintain his spot on the second unit, so there could be an opportunity for Wilson to resurface in the rotation before the end of the season.
Since breaking into the Milwaukee rotation in mid-December, Wilson has been an unsung hero in the Bucks' jaunt to a league-best 37-13 record. Considering the caliber of opponent and his well-rounded stat line, this may have been Wilson's best performance of the season. He won't have much appeal outside of deeper season-long leagues with Giannis Antetokounmpo and Brook Lopez locked in as the Bucks' frontcourt starters, but Wilson typically makes for a cost-effective punt play in daily contests, particularly in games in which Milwaukee is heavily favored.
Wilson scored a career-high 13 points (5-9 FG, 3-5 3Pt) while adding two rebounds, two assists and two blocks in 23 minutes off the bench during Wednesday's 111-101 win over the Grizzlies.
The second-year forward led the Bucks second unit in scoring, posting double-digit points for only the second time this season. Wilson is starting to make an impact defensively, picking up five blocks in the last three games, but he doesn't yet have a consistent enough role in the frontcourt rotation to be a reliable fantasy asset.
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