Giannis Antetokounmpo, Jabari Parker, Khris Middleton have not played together in two seasons
The Milwaukee Bucks recently fired head coach Jason Kidd, who has not had the chance to put three of his best players on the floor at the same time. According to ESPN Stats & Info, Giannis Antetokounmpo, Jabari Parker, and Khris Middleton have not been in the lineup at the same time.
“In the last two seasons, Jason Kidd never had Giannis Antetokounmpo, Jabari Parker and Khris Middleton on the floor together.
In Kidd’s four-season tenure, the trio played 11 percent of Milwaukee’s total minutes.”
In the last two seasons, Jason Kidd never had Giannis Antetokounmpo, Jabari Parker and Khris Middleton on the floor together.
In Kidd's four-season tenure, the trio played 11% of Milwaukee's total minutes. pic.twitter.com/yWaHJamXRa
— ESPN Stats & Info (@ESPNStatsInfo) January 22, 2018
This could have been a factor in Kidd’s failure to bring the Bucks closer to a deep playoff run in the short-term and a chance to compete for the championship in the long-term. The three players represent the team’s core along with Malcolm Brogdon and the recently-acquired Eric Bledsoe.
Middleton missed time last season as he only played 29 games due to injury, but has been an iron man this season, playing in all 45 games this year. Parker suffered from a knee injury last season and hasn’t played a game this year.
In contrast, Antetokounmpo has played the most games for the Bucks among the three, as he developed a close relationship with Kidd.
Would the Bucks have played better if all three played together these past two years? — most definitely. But would Kidd have been fired nonetheless? — not likely.
So why would Bucks management fire Kidd without giving him the opportunity to get all three on the floor together at the same time?
That’s another question whose answer might be forthcoming, as there will be more rumors and stories floating around in the coming days and weeks regarding Kidd’s firing.