In the first three games after the All-Star Break, the Bucks showcased Giannis Antetokounmpo and Jabari Parker in featured roles and both players responded with some of their best play of the entire season. Antetokounmpo tallied his first triple double and Parker put up career highs in points and rebounds on back-to-back nights. That seemed like a pretty big deal, so Frank and I decided to talk about it in a podcast. You can find that podcast, which we recorded last Tuesday night, right here:
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While neither of them have matched those career highs in the two games since we recorded the podcast, they have continued to play large roles for the Bucks' offensively. In fact, they've touched the ball at a higher rate than they have during any other five game stretch of the entire season.
Antetokounmpo and Parker have actually touched the ball more on offense than Greg Monroe and Khris Middleton in the last five games, which should help quiet the masses that have called for that type of role distribution for the entire season. Although it is tough to say whether or not Antetokounmpo and Parker were ready for this large of a role earlier this season (or even, at this very moment), it does appear as though a rather dramatic sea change has occurred in the Bucks' offensive pecking order.
With such massive changes, it is necessary to question what is actually going on and what it all means, which is exactly what Frank and I attempted to do on the podcast. "Point Giannis" and "Baseline Bari" are fun, but how different are they from different versions of these two players? Is Antetokounmpo actually playing point guard? What do you want to see from both players the rest of the season? There is a lot to talk about with these recent developments, so take a listen and have at it in the comments section!