Bucks All-Star forward Giannis Antetokounmpo will miss the team’s next two games to manage soreness in his right knee, the team announced Saturday.
The “Greek Freak” will not play Saturday against the 76ers in Philadelphia or Monday at home against the Suns, which will give him eight days to recover without playing in a game.
Antetokounmpo, who has already missed two games this season due to pain in his knee, is expected to be back in the lineup against the Nets on Jan. 26.
The 23-year-old is a key name in MVP conversations, as he’s averaging 28.2 points, 10.1 rebounds, 4.6 assists, 1.5 steals and 1.3 blocks per game this season.
In his fifth season with the Bucks, he leads the NBA in minutes per game with 37.4 and is second in scoring.
Excellent facilitating numbers alone aren’t enough to make it in the league. Brunson’s cohorts on the above list aren’t exactly exemplars of NBA success. Both J.J. Frazier and Jordan Taylor are playing overseas while rookie Monte Morris is still battling to get out of the G-League.
Luckily, Brunson combines his creative playmaking with efficient scoring. His KenPom statistical profile offers a few more encouraging comparisons of players with like college numbers and longer NBA careers in Delonte West and Ty Lawson.
“Jason led a historic turnaround during his first season and would guide our team to two playoff appearances. He also played a meaningful role in helping to keep the Bucks in Milwaukee. We thank him for all of his contributions and wish him the best.”
The team has a formidable young roster, led by All-Star starter Giannis Antetokounmpo, but the talent hasn’t resulted in a upper-echelon team in the conference.
“I think when you, you know, become 25 or, you know, in the 28 range, you tend to think about the game. We’re talking about kids, that are thinking about trying to put the ball in the basket. And they all believe they can do it, and until we can think about being a team and making a play and being unselfish, you know, good things happen and we’ve seen it,” Kidd said after a 106-101 loss to the Heat on Thursday.