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.

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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.

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Milwaukee takes out Detroit 108-105 in overtime

The Milwaukee Bucks closed out the month of March in style, overcoming a fourth-quarter deficit to beat the Detroit Pistons 108-105 in overtime on Friday night.

Giannis Antetokounmpo scored 28 points, grabbed 14 rebounds and handed out nine assists, while Khris Middleton added 25 points. But it was the play of rookie Thon Maker that had everyone talking following a career-high 23 points from the first-round pick.

“Unbelievable,” Antetokounmpo said of the 7-foot-1 Maker. “The way he plays. The way he practices. The way he learns. The way he gets better every day. It’s unbelievable.”

Milwaukee led by as many as 17 points in the first quarter only to see the Pistons claw away and eventually retake the lead in the third quarter. Detroit built on that advantage and led by 10 with 4:58 remaining in the game. That’s when Antetokounmpo took charge, scoring 10 of Milwaukee’s next 12 points to help the game get to overtime tied at 95.

In the extra period, it was a pair of big 3-pointers that got Milwaukee across the line for the win. First, Maker drilled one with 1:58 left to take a three-point lead. Maker had some motivation to take – and make – the shot courtesy of Antetokounmpo.

“If you hesitate, I’m going to punch you,” Antetokounmpo told Fox Sports Wisconsin of his message for Maker. “So shoot the ball whenever you get it.”

The shot was big, but his offensive rebound less than a minute later proved to be the dagger the Bucks needed, as his tip out off a missed shot ended up in the hands of Middleton, who drilled the 3-pointer.

It was win No. 14 in the month of March, the most in a single month for the franchise since 1971, and it gave them the No. 5 playoff spot to themselves with just seven games remaining.

Milwaukee will take on Oklahoma City on Sunday afternoon at the BMO Harris Bradley Center.

Antetokounmpo’s career-high 41 not enough in 122-114 loss to Lakers

MILWAUKEE — One day after learning forward Jabari Parker would be gone for the season (torn ACL), the Milwaukee Bucks couldn’t muster enough for a comeback, falling to the Los Angeles Lakers 122-114.

The night started off on the wrong foot, with Milwaukee allowing a season-high 47 points in the opening quarter. From there, the Bucks tried to battle back the rest of the night, eventually using a 14-0 fourth-quarter run to close the gap to five. Giannis Antetokounmpo scored a career-high 41 points, adding eight rebounds and six assists in the loss.

”At the end of the day, you just want to win, especially against a team like the Lakers,” Antetokounmpo said. ”They aren’t a playoff team.”

Nick Young led the way for Los Angeles with 26 points, converting on the rare four-point play twice in one night.

”I was thinking, OK, this is one of them nights,” Young said.

It marked the 12th loss in 14 outings for the Bucks, with rookie Thon Maker replacing Parker in the lineup. Maker contributed seven points and six rebounds in 17 minutes of playing time. Khris Middleton came off the bench to play nearly 21 minutes, scoring six points on 2-of-7 shooting.

Middleton won’t make the trip to Indiana Saturday night when they visit the Pacers at 6 p.m.

Rally falls short as Bucks fall to Celtics in overtime 112-108

MILWAUKEE — The Milwaukee Bucks closed a 69-53 gap late in the third quarter, but ultimately fell in overtime to the Boston Celtics Saturday night 112-108.

Greg Monroe scored 10 of his 14 points in the fourth quarter, adding 13 rebounds in his role off the bench. Giannis Antetokounmpo gave the Bucks 21 hard-earned points, but Milwaukee couldn’t overcome a 42-27 score after the first quarter of action.

Isaiah Thomas provided 37 points for the Celtics, scoring at least 20 points for the 31st game in a row. Former Marquette standout Jae Crowder sealed the win for Boston with four clutch free throws in the final 28 seconds of overtime.

”It’s always special when I come here and we get a win,” Crowder said. ”I see a lot of familiar faces around the building, including the ushers, stuff like that. It’s always a great feeling to come back.”

Rookie Thon Maker got his second career start Saturday night, replacing Miles Plumlee and providing the team with four points and two rebounds in 10 minutes of action.

Parker powers Bucks past Mavs 88-74

MADISON, Wis. — The Dallas Mavericks were without Dirk Nowitzki and Devin Harris, so Milwaukee Bucks forward Jabari Parker took advantage with 21 points in an 88-74 preseason victory at the Kohl Center in Madison Saturday night.

Parker led the game in scoring, adding six rebounds and a number of dunks in his effort. Next in scoring for Milwaukee was Greg Monroe, who was seen by many as a trade piece this offseason. He converted on all four of his free throw attempts and created four Mavericks turnovers.

“[Parker is] a very talented scorer,” Bucks coach Jason Kidd said after the win. “When he gets out on the break, he’s as good as anyone at finishing and he showed that tonight. I thought he let the game come to him, he didn’t force anything.”

The Bucks didn’t get much from Michael Carter-Williams, however, following reports the Sacramento Kings had nixed a trade in exchange for Ben McLemore. MCW tallied just three points on 1-for-8 shooting in 22 minutes of action. He also generated just one assist.

Rookie Thon Maker made his preseason debut following a wrist injury to log nine points and four rebounds on 3-of-6 shooting. Maker recalled making his first shot following the game.

 

The Mavericks were paced by Dwight Powell’s 15 points, converting on 6-of-8 from the floor.

Report: Bucks to sign Maker, Brogdon

The Milwaukee Bucks are expected to have both of their draft picks under contract by the end of day on Saturday.

According to Shams Charania of The Vertical, first-round pick Thon Maker will sign a four-year deal, while second-round pick Malcom Brogdon will ink a three-year contract.

Maker, the tenth overall pick in June’s draft, will be one of the last players from the rookie class to sign his deal. Bucks president Peter Feigin said last week on “The Zone” that they weren’t concerned with the contract, and were instead concentrating on helping Maker with some of the essentials as he makes his transition to a player in the NBA.

“We’ve spent the last week when he he got back from summer league getting him his learner’s permit and some driving lessons and tests,” Feigin said with a laugh. “So we were kind of focused on some other things.”

The 19-year-old averaged 14.2 points and 9.6 rebounds per game in summer league action, while Brogdon put up 10.2 points and 4.4 assists.

Thon Maker scores 15 in Summer League debut

LAS VEGAS — Milwaukee Bucks rookie Thon Maker scored 15 points in his Las Vegas Summer League debut, leading the Bucks to an 81-75 win over the Cleveland Cavaliers.

Maker finished with 15 points, 13 rebounds, and two blocks, but he wasn’t perfect. At times, the Sudan-born rookie didn’t appear to fit within the Bucks’ system, playing out of place and forcing shots. Once he calmed down and got over his two turnovers, Maker showed improvement and some of the qualities that made Milwaukee select him 10th overall in last month’s NBA Draft.

The Bucks were paced by 16 points from former Nebraska standout Terran Pettaway, while Rashad Vaughn and second-round draft pick Malcolm Brogdon each contributed nine points.