Bucks to play final Summer League game tonight

The Milwaukee Bucks will play their last game of NBA Summer League action tonight against the Utah Jazz. Tonight’s tip is scheduled for 5 p.m. CST and can be seen on ESPNU. Both teams have struggled in their NBA Summer League games, both losing their first game in the league’s tournament. The Bucks are currently 1-3, while the Jazz are 0-4. This will be the last opportunity that players will have to make an impression on why they deserve a roster spot either with the Bucks, or their G-League team, The Wisconsin Herd.

Rashad Vaughn has dazzled once again. This is Vaughn’s third Summer League and he is leading the Bucks in minutes, points, field goals made, and field goal percentage. He is also third on the team in steals and assists this summer. Vaughn is averaging 19 points, 4.3 rebounds, and 1.8 assists on 50.9% shooting. Another familiar face playing on the squad this summer is Gary Payton II. Payton has averaged 7.7 points per game, 3.7 rebounds, 2 assists on 41.7% shooting. He has also really shown a defensive intensity leading the team  with an average of 3.3 steals per game.

First round draft pick D.J. Wilson has also shown why the Bucks organization was so high on his draft value. Wilson has been able to play the stretch four position that is becoming more and more important in today’s NBA. He has shown the ability to be a versatile as well as lanky defender who can block shots and rebound. Wilson still has inconsistencies in his game and that’s been seen this summer as well. His three-point shooting is going to need to improve if he plans on getting more minutes this regular season.  Wilson is averaging 12.8 points, 6 rebounds, and 1.8 assists on 40% shooting.

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Sterling Brown has been a nice surprise for the Bucks this summer. The Bucks just acquired the rights to Sterling Brown, the 76ers second round pick, days before the NBA Summer League started. He has drawn some comparisons to Malcolm Brogdon because he is a bigger guard (6’6″) who is athletic and explosive. Brown is also long and lanky, which should give him the ability to guard one through three. Brown is averaging 10.5 points, 4.8 rebounds, and 1.8 assists on 41% shooting.

The only other Bucks to have guaranteed roster spots within the organization are Bronson Koenig and Jalen Moore. Both Koenig and Moore signed two-way contracts, which allows for the Bucks to move them back and forth from the G-League to the NBA.

Vaughn solid as Bucks fall to Clippers in Summer League

LAS VEGAS — Rashad Vaughn had 21 points on 7-of-12 shooting from the field, but the Milwaukee Bucks still fell to the Los Angeles Clippers in Monday night’s Las Vegas Summer League regular season finale.

The 100-93 loss also saw rookie D.J. Wilson continue his emergence, finishing with 17 points on 7-of-13 from the field. He was hottest in the first half, where he scored 15 of his points, including 3-for-4 from beyond the arc.

“I was just taking what they were giving me,” Wilson said. “They were sagging off and whatnot, so I was just trying to make the most of that opportunity.”

Milwaukee built up a 13-point lead by late third quarter, ultimately allowing Los Angeles back in the game by closing the quarter on 2-of-7 shooting from the field. The loss drops the Bucks to 1-2 in Summer League action, with their Wednesday night tournament time and opponent still up in the air. They’ll learn that information at the conclusion of Tuesday night’s games.

Neither Jackie Carmichael, Achille Polonara, nor Tyler Roberson saw any playing time for Milwaukee (coach’s decision). Wisconsin product Bronson Koenig played 21 minutes, finishing with nine points on 3-of-7 shooting (3-5 3FG).

Vaughn scores 31 in Milwaukee’s 88-83 win against Brooklyn

After a brutal start to their summer league schedule, the Milwaukee Bucks bounced back on Sunday night with an 88-83 win against Brooklyn in Las Vegas.

Milwaukee was abysmal on the offensive end against Cleveland on Friday, but against the Nets they found more success, especially 2015 first-round pick Rashad Vaughn. Playing in the town he called home for college, the former UNLV star scored a game-high 31 points.

“I was just trying to come in, be patient and take what they gave me,” Vaughn said afterwards. “[Once I got comfortable], I just kept attacking [the rim].”

This year’s first-round pick, D.J. Wilson, scored 16 points, including a pair of late buckets to help Milwaukee get the win. He also added six rebounds as the Bucks improved to 1-1.

Rookie Sterling Brown, who was acquired in a trade with Philadelphia, put up 16 points after going 0 of 4 in the game against the Cavaliers.

“I felt comfortable out there,” Brown said. “I just had to get my rhythm back.”

Former Badgers guard Bronson Koenig played just 10 minutes and scored three points, going 1 of 3 from the field.

Milwaukee will take on the Los Angeles Clippers tonight with tip in Las Vegas set for 9 p.m.

Cleveland throttles the Bucks in summer league opener

Milwaukee got its summer league schedule underway in Las Vegas on Friday night, and it wasn’t pretty, as the Bucks got smacked 82-53 by Cleveland.

First-round pick D.J. Wilson scored 11 points, grabbed five rebounds and dished out a pair of assists in his first action.

“It felt good,” Wilson said of debut. “The first few minutes I was pretty anxious, but once I got those out of the way I felt fine out there.”

Fellow rookie, Bronson Koenig, struggled to get much going on the offensive end. The former Badgers guard made just one of the six shots he took, including going 0 of 5 from beyond the arc.

But he was far from alone in that respect. Milwaukee hit just 15.4-percent of its 3-pointers, with Thon Maker connecting on the team’s first attempt before they missed the next 14 from the outside.

Rashad Vaughn scored a team-high 12 points, with Gary Payton II chipping in 10 and Travis Trice adding seven.

The Cavs were led by Edy Tavares with 12 points, while former Syracuse guard Andrew White scored 11.

Milwaukee will not play on Saturday, but will be back in action on Sunday night against Brooklyn.

Bucks Summer League action kicks off tonight

The NBA draft has come and gone and NBA Summer Leagues are underway. The Milwaukee Bucks will start their Summer League season tonight at 5:30 CST against the Cleveland Cavaliers and the game can be seen on ESPN 2. The Bucks will play in the Las Vegas Summer League that goes from July 7th-17th. The Bucks have put together an interesting roster for this exhibition season.

Fans should recognize a number of players on the Bucks roster this summer. Thon Maker will be playing in his second Summer League after playing well down the stretch last season. Maker earned valuable minutes and showed great potential in the playoffs last season for the Bucks. He will be joined by Rashad Vaughn, who will be making his third appearance on the Milwaukee summer team. This should be a make or break season for Vaughn as his contract has a club option after this up-coming season. Vaughn was seen as a boom or bust talent after coming out of UNLV as a freshman and hasn’t had much impact in his first two seasons with the Bucks. Gary Payton II will also be playing for the Bucks this summer after being picked up towards the end of last season.

The Bucks will have first round pick from this years NBA draft  D.J. Wilson on the roster. The Michigan product should have plenty of opportunities to show Bucks fans why the organization may have reached to draft him. Milwaukee is also hoping to work out an entry for newest acquired Buck Sterling Brown. Brown’s rights were officially acquired by the Bucks yesterday after the league’s front office approved the trade with the Philadelphia 76ers.

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To the excitement of many Wisconsin basketball fans, Bronson Koenig will also be on the roster this summer for the Bucks. Koenig was the first player in Bucks history to ever sign a 2-way contract. Joining Koenig will be another familiar face from the Big Ten Conference, Travis Trice. Trice is the brother of current Badger D’Mitrik Trice and formerly played under Tom Izzo at Michigan State. Another guy on the roster that fans may recognize is Reggie Upshaw Jr. He lead the 15th seeded Middle Tennessee State team to a win over the 2nd seeded Michigan State Spartans last march.

Many experts around the league think that the Bucks Summer League roster is filled with NBA potential. Many believe that lots of these players will ultimately make the Bucks new G-League team, the Wisconsin Herd.

Milwaukee Bucks fall to Wizards 99-88

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Bucks 99, Pistons 95; Last shots

MILWAUKEE — The Milwaukee Bucks won their fourth consecutive game Wednesday night 99-95 over the Detroit Pistons. Milwaukee was led by forward Khris Middleton with 27 points on the evening. Detroit got a strong effort from guard Avery Bradley who had a game-high 28 points. Giannis Antetokounmpo didn’t have a game that he has been […]

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Bucks win third straight 110-103 over Memphis

MILWAUKEE — The Milwaukee Bucks defeated the Memphis Grizzlies 110-103 Monday night at the BMO Harris Bradley Center. Forward Giannis Antetokounmpo was the leading scorer in the game with 27 points. He also had nine rebounds and seven assists. Tyreke Evans also had 27 points for the Grizzlies. The Bucks used a fantastic third quarter […]

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Bucks top Lakers 98-90 for second straight win

MILWAUKEE — The Milwaukee Bucks won their second game in as many nights on Saturday, defeating the Lakers 98-90. The win moves the Bucks back to the .500 mark on the season, at 6-6. Forward Giannis Antetokounmpo continues to play at an MVP-caliber level. He had 33 points and 15 rebounds on the night for […]

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Milwaukee Bucks defeat Spurs 94-87

SAN ANTONIO — The Milwaukee Bucks snapped their four game losing streak by defeating the San Antonio Spurs 94-87 on Friday night on the road. Forward Giannis Antetokounmpo led Milwaukee with 28 points and 12 rebounds on the night. Spurs’ forward LaMarcus Aldridge finished the night with 20 points and 12 rebounds to lead the […]

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Bucks officially acquire the draft rights to Sterling Brown

The Milwaukee Bucks have officially acquired the draft rights to Sterling Brown from the Philadelphia 76ers for cash. The trade was reported the night of the NBA draft, but wasn’t made official by the league until this afternoon. Brown was selected 46th overall by the 76ers in the second round of this years NBA draft. This was two spots ahead of the Bucks second round pick (Sindarius Thornwell), which they sent to the Clippers for cash.

Sterling Brown is the brother to former NBA player Shannon Brown. Brown stands 6’6″ and weighs 225 pounds. He played four seasons at SMU and played in a program record 136 games. Brown averaged 13.4 points, 6.5 rebounds, and 3 assists per game. He also led the American Athletic Conference in three point shooting, shooting 44.9% from three point range. Brown was selected to the All-AAC Second Team.

Brown has been called a taller, longer Malcolm Brogdon. He hasn’t mastered any single skill, but doesn’t have any particular weakness in his game. Brown doesn’t jump out as explosive at first glance, but according to some scouts is a very athletic and lanky guard.

The Bucks are hoping to get Brown on their Summer  League roster as soon as possible. The Bucks Summer League schedule stats tomorrow, Friday, July 7th, against the Cleveland Cavaliers. Other Bucks participating in Summer League competition are Thon Maker, Rashad Vaughn, former Wisconsin basketball player Bronson Koenig, and the Bucks first round pick D.J. Wilson.

Milwaukee Bucks fall to Wizards 99-88

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Bucks 99, Pistons 95; Last shots

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Bucks win third straight 110-103 over Memphis

MILWAUKEE — The Milwaukee Bucks defeated the Memphis Grizzlies 110-103 Monday night at the BMO Harris Bradley Center. Forward Giannis Antetokounmpo was the leading scorer in the game with 27 points. He also had nine rebounds and seven assists. Tyreke Evans also had 27 points for the Grizzlies. The Bucks used a fantastic third quarter […]

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Bucks top Lakers 98-90 for second straight win

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Milwaukee Bucks defeat Spurs 94-87

SAN ANTONIO — The Milwaukee Bucks snapped their four game losing streak by defeating the San Antonio Spurs 94-87 on Friday night on the road. Forward Giannis Antetokounmpo led Milwaukee with 28 points and 12 rebounds on the night. Spurs’ forward LaMarcus Aldridge finished the night with 20 points and 12 rebounds to lead the […]

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NBA Draft: Bucks select Michigan’s D.J. Wilson, trade for SMU’s Sterling Brown

The long and lanky Milwaukee Bucks became even more so in the first round of the 2017 NBA Draft Thursday night.

Under the guidance of new general manager Jon Horst, who was just promoted to the job last Friday, the Bucks selected Michigan power forward D.J. Wilson with the 17th pick of the night.

The 6-foot-10, 235-pound Wilson averaged 11.0 points and 5.3 rebounds during his sophomore campaign, but really started to play well down the stretch for the Wolverines. He had 17 points and six rebounds in a victory against Wisconsin in the Big Ten title game, and averaged 16 points and 4.3 rebounds per game in the NCAA tournament as Michigan made a run to the Sweet 16.

Wilson’s career got off to a slow start, with a knee injury limiting him to just five games as a freshman. During the 2015-16 season, the California native was used minimally, appearing in 26 games but averaging just 6.1 minutes. His breakout came last season, as he paired with another big man, Moe Wagner, to form one of the better frontcourts in the Big Ten.

LISTEN: Bucks post-draft press conference

Considered more of a finesse scorer, Wilson will join a team stacked with length but in desperate need of some consistent outside shooting, which he should be able to help with, after hitting 37.3 percent of his 3-pointers a year ago.

In the second round, Milwaukee chose South Carolina’s Sindarius Thornwell with the 48th overall pick, but quickly traded him to the Los Angeles Clippers for cash considerations. They then went and acquired SMU’s Sterling Brown, who had been Philadelphia’s pick at No. 46.

As a senior, Brown averaged 13.4 points, 6.5 rebounds and 2.2 assists per game, while shooting 44.9 percent from beyond the arc. The 6-foot-6, 200-pound, Brown is originally from Maywood, Ill.