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Milwaukee Bucks: Winning in the NBA and the G League

Led by reigning MVP Giannis Antetokounmpo, the Milwaukee Bucks are in championship contention. As are their G League affiliate, the Wisconsin Herd. Who are led by two-way star, Frank Mason III.

Alongside Mason III, who is averaging 26.4 points on the season, is the likes of Jaylen Adams, Cameron Reynolds (two-way), D.J. Hogg, Jemerrio Jones, Luke Maye, and Shannon Bogues. Who are all averaging over 10 points per game.

Dragan Bender, now of the Golden State Warriors, Rayjon Tucker, now of the Utah Jazz, and Thanasis Antetokounmpo, NBA assignment, have all seen playing time for the Herd this season too.

Wisconsin Herd: Jaylen Adams delivering in the biggest moments
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Breaking Down the Season:

The Bucks currently find themselves at the top of the NBA’s Eastern Conference with a record of 53-12. Similarly, the Herd are top of the East in the G League, by 4 games, with a 33-10 record. The league’s best record.

Boasting a solid 16-7 home record, the majority of the Herd’s success has come on the road. They hold a G League-best 17-3 record in that regard.

Prior to the COVID-19 suspension, Wisconsin had won 10 of their previous 12 games. With their only losses coming against the highly ranked, Canton Charge and Grand Rapids Drive.

As a team the Herd are 2nd overall in team points per game (120.9) and are top in rebounds (52.5). Whilst Frank Mason III (26.4 PPG) and Jaylen Adams (21.5 PPG) have been vital to their scoring efforts, Jemerrio Jones has been their rebounding star.

Jones has recorded a league-leading total of 504 rebounds on the season. In 2nd place is Donta Hall, formerly of the Grand Rapids Drive, now with the Detroit Pistons, with 398.

Back on the offensive end, the Herd have converted a league-leading number of threes too (608). Despite sitting 5th in league percentage from beyond the arc.

Trevor Lacey, Frank Mason III, Jaylen Adams, and D.J. Hogg are all shooting 39% plus from range.

Wisconsin Herd To Host Local Player Tryout In Oshkosh On Sept. 15 ...
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Current Head Coach and History:

The Wisconsin Herd’s Head Coach is Chase Buford, son of 5-time NBA Champion General Manager, R.C. Buford. Previously, Buford was an Assistant Coach with the Delaware Blue Coats.

The team was only founded in 2017. In their first 2 seasons in the G League, they posted records of 21-29 and 12-38. But this season they’ve really turned it on to become the best team in the league. Posing themselves for their first-ever G League championship.

A lot of their players have proven themselves worthy of getting NBA opportunities. So a rebuild might be needed this coming off-season. However, they’ve certainly gelled and taken the league by storm through the 2019/20 campaign.

Maybe, just maybe, the Milwaukee Bucks and Wisconsin Herd were set for double championship success in both the major and minor leagues. Only the Golden State Warriors and the Santa Cruz Warriors have achieved this feat, in 2015.


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