In the Bucks’ 150-130 win over the Detroit Pistons on Monday, January 23, MarJon Beauchamp scored seven points in just over seven minutes of playing time. He has now scored 199 points in his first season in the league, an average of just over six per game.
While that points stat may not seem noteworthy, on a team with several veterans, Beauchamp’s playing time was bound to be limited at best during the season. But there are some numbers from his first season that are worthy of mention in comparison to other first-year players.
- Beauchamp’s 199 points are 16th of the 47 players drafted in the 2022 NBA Draft who have played in the NBA this year.
- He is one of 13 players from the 2022 Draft to start in nine or more games his rookie season.
- His 35 three-pointers made are tied for 10th among these ’22 Draft players.
MarJon Beauchamp has most points scored by a Bucks’ rookie since 2017-18
Beauchamp’s 199 points rank 19th among Bucks’ rookies since the 1999-20 season. They are the most points scored by a rookie for the Bucks in a season since Sterling Brown had 217 points his rookie season with the Bucks in 2017-18. Beauchamp’s 199 points ranks 54th all-time for Bucks’ rookies.
MarJon is on pace to end the year with about 410 points. That would give him the eighth most points by a Bucks’ rookie since 2000 and 29th all-time.
Rookie Beauchamp has already been used more by Coach Bud among Bucks’ rookies
But there is one other important fact to mention: With this veteran team, Coach Budenholzer has not had to push rookies onto the floor. In fact, in Coach Bud’s five years in Milwaukee, rookies have rarely gotten playing time other than at the end of the game. That’s where MarJon is different: During Coach Bud’s tenure as Bucks’ coach, Beauchamp’s 199 points is already most among rookies; his minutes played (505) and games started (nine) are also the most among Bucks’ rookies since 2018-19… and that’s with 35 games remaining in this season.
How Beauchamp’s stats compare to Coach Bud’s rookies in Atlanta
One final point: In Coach Budenholzer’s five years in Atlanta, only five rookies scored 200 or more points; seven rookies had more than 500+ minutes played, and only four had 10 or more starts. MarJon is on pace to 410 points, 1,040 minutes played, and 19 starts. That would be the second most points scored by a rookie in Coach Bud’s 10 years as head coach, the third most minutes played by a rookie on a Budenholzer-coached team, and the third most games started.
It’s easy to downplay MarJon Beauchamp’s stats, but if you dig a little deeper into the numbers, Beauchamp is certainly a rookie who is more than just taking up space on the bench.
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