The Milwaukee Bucks are good at, well, a lot of things.
The Bucks have the second-best record in the league at 17-6, are No. 2 in rebounding and seventh in made 3-pointers.
Oh, and let’s not forget about blocks. Only two teams swat more shots than the Bucks (who average 6.3 per game): Indiana (6.5) and Brooklyn (7.2).
Leading the way is “Splash Mountain” himself, Brook Lopez, who leads the NBA in blocks (66), blocks per game (3.0) and, yes, block percentage (8.0%).
In Lopez’s 22 games he’s had 3+ blocks in 11. Milwaukee is 9-2 in those contests.
But one man alone does not lift a team to third in the league in rejections.
Giannis Antetokounmpo is averaging 1.1 blocks per game, his ninth consecutive season with 1+. He’s had six games (of his 19 played) with 2+ swats this season with Milwaukee winning all six.
After those two big men, the next two on Milwaukee’s block list are guards: Jevon Carter (0.7) and Jrue Holiday (0.5).
Holiday is right at his career average.
Then there’s Carter – that’s 6-foot-1 Jevon Carter. In his first four seasons, Carter never averaged more than 0.3 blocks per game or 0.7 per 36 minutes. Hence his 0.7 per game and 0.9 per 36 this season would be career highs.
According to basketball-reference.com, Carter could become just the fourth player 6-1 or under since 1973-74 to average at least 0.7 blocks per game. The others are Patrick Beverley, who has done it each of the last two seasons, and Fred VanVleet in 2020-21.
Carter has a block in 10 of his 23 games with 2+ in four, including a career-high three on Nov. 7 at Atlanta. He most recently had a pair against the Lakers this past Saturday.
-- The Bucks have beaten their Wednesday opponent, Sacramento, 12 straight times dating back to Nov. 5, 2016. A win would tie for the fourth-longest such streak in franchise history, matching the 13 vs. Brooklyn (March 30, 2009-Dec. 26, 2012) and Kansas City (March 11, 1983-Jan. 31, 1989).
-- Milwaukee is averaging 126.2 points per game during that 12-game winning streak vs. the Kings, which is the highest average for any club against another team since 2016-17.
-- Sacramento is making 59.2% of its 2-point shots, the highest rate in the league. The Bucks are allowing just 49.7% on those attempts, the second-best mark this season.
-- Bobby Portis is fourth in the NBA in rebounds per 36 at 13.9.
Statistics courtesy Sportradar and basketball-reference