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Examining Khris Middleton's role, Giannis Antetokounmpo's floor and a surprising Bucks offense

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The Bucks have offset their defensive struggles with a surprisingly potent offense. We take a look beyond the impact of Greg Monroe to focus on the roles of Khris Middleton and Giannis Antetokounmpo.

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After discussing potential concerns with the Milwaukee Bucks defense and pondering the merits of microwaved macaroni in our previous podcast, we turn our attention to a surprisingly good offense. Hot starts from Greg Monroe and Jerryd Bayless have (sometimes) functioned as a substitute for quality defense, but we focus on the structure of the offense and how it impacts Khris Middleton and Giannis Antetokounmpo.

Is Middleton spending too much time inside the arc and away from the corners? Are the actions run for him forcing too much to happen on the move and stifling a spot-up/penetration rhythm for Milwaukee's primary sharpshooter? With regard to Giannis, we spend time talking about his aggressive approach and how much he's raised his "floor" with impressive scoring performances this year. He's getting to the rim and finishing really well, and his current path of development reinforces the fact that he's a very rare talent that's hard to project in any particular direction. I've included select short charts below to complement our discussion within the podcast, just in case you're interested. Enjoy!

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Here's a look at shot charts for Giannis and Middleton, via NBAsavant.com.

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