Welcome to the 2020-21 edition of the Bucks Weekly Spotlight. Each Thursday, we’ll track the progress of the players who are trying to help Milwaukee make a championship run and give updates on other players from the previous week.
This is the 16th edition of the 2020-21 Bucks Weekly Spotlight.
SPOTLIGHT ON …
Center Brook Lopez
When Lopez debuted for Milwaukee in the 2018-19 season, he was arguably the face of head coach Mike Budenholzer’s “let it fly” offense.
The 7-footer attempted 6.3 3-pointers per game that season -- the most on the team -- and drained them at a 36.5% clip.
His 3-point shooting percentage dipped last season (31.4%), and so did the attempts (4.8). In 2020-21, Lopez is asked to shoot even less from deep -- 4.4 per game, tying his lowest mark since the 3-pointer was added to his arsenal in 2016-17 with Brooklyn.
On Tuesday night during the Bucks’ 114-104 win over Charlotte, Lopez racked up 22 points, four rebounds, two steals and two assists. He nailed 9 of 12 attempts from the floor but went 0 for 2 from 3-point range.
It was just his third game since joining the Bucks with 20+ points without making a 3-pointer, and his fifth 20+ point game of the season.
On the season, Lopez is making 48.8% of his shots -- his best rate since 2015-16, which just so happens to be the last year he didn't shoot 3-pointers.
Lopez is making 62.0% of his 2-point attempts this year, which would be a caree high (61.3% in 2018-19 is his only other season above 57%).
-- P.J. Tucker doesn’t get his name called on offense frequently, averaging just 2.5 shots per game, but he’s nailing 3s at a 41.2% clip, a big bump from his career percentage of 35.9%.
-- Over the last four games, Giannis Antetokounmpo is averaging 27.8 points, 14.0 rebounds, 6.3 assists, 2.0 steals and 1.3 blocks per contest. He’s nailed a 3-pointer in all four contests, including two in the Bucks’ win over Charlotte on Tuesday.
-- In the month of April, guard Bryn Forbes is averaging 10.1 points per contest while shooting 38.6% from deep.
-- Jrue Holiday logged his sixth double-double of the season with 12 points and a season-high 10 rebounds against Charlotte.