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Milwaukee Bucks are the king of the backdoor

Off-ball movement has been a key for the Milwaukee Bucks all season long and it’s paying off in a big way.

Milwaukee Bucks’ head coach Mike Budenholzer expects his team to move purposefully when they don’t have the ball in their hands. This includes some coordinated and some freelance cuts off the ball.

It’s been an expectation that’s been drilled into the Bucks’ heads since training camp. The intentional off-ball movement has been critical to a team that has a star player in Giannis Antetokounmpo. Naturally, the defense gravitates toward Antetokounmpo which means his teammates must be ready to take advantage of the defense when the attention is low.

Even when Antetokounmpo isn’t attracting the defense, his teammates have shown a willingness and ability to cut off the ball. Even though the Bucks don’t do so frequently, they are one of the most efficient teams when they do decide to cut. Check out the following video for a full breakdown on the Bucks’ off-ball movement:

In case you’re in a hurry, here’s the TL;DR version:

  1. Bucks average 1.45 points per possession on cuts (third in the NBA).
  2. They have a 72.2 percent field goal percentage on cuts (sixth in the NBA).
  3. Bucks have a 3.1 turnover percentage when they do cut (10th best).
  4. They only cut 6.9 percent of the time (16th).
  5. Overall, Bucks score 73.4 percent of the time off cuts (2nd).

Bucks Film Room will continue to have video breakdowns on all the hot topics this season. Feel free to leave comments regarding specific aspects of the game you’d like to see a video about. Also, Bucks Film Room now has a daily mini-podcast where we check in with the Bucks. You can find it on iTunes, Sound Cloud, or our website.

 

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