The struggle is really evident in Cream City, as the Milwaukee Bucks could not win anything in the 2013-2014 NBA season, including the NBA Draft Lottery. Now winding up with the second-overall pick, along with three picks in the second round, the Bucks have several chances to make a turn-around in one of the deepest NBA Draft classes in the history of the National Basketball Association.
This pick really winds up to matter on who the Cavaliers, who own the first pick, do n0t pick. Joel Embiid of Kansas is most likely going to be drafted by the Cavaliers, as they announced less than 24 hours after the NBA Draft Lottery that he was a primary target. Among Embiid, features his teammate, freshman phenom Andrew Wiggins. One of these two should be representing the red and green, more than likely. One other name strikes me, though, and that is Jabari Parker. Parker’s ceiling is one of the highest in this draft class, and Parker already looks the most ready for the NBA level. Passing up Parker could be a mistake, or could be the ultimate move. Parker’s NBA success really depends on the system he plays in. Embiid, Wiggins, and Parker will go 1-2-3 in the Draft, but the order really depends on the systems and the men making the decisions.
Although that’s what I believe, I cannot tell the future. I can tell you that the Bucks really, really “value” Jabari Parker and Australia guard Dante Exum the highest. Dante Exum is good, but I feel like the Bucks need somebody who can really, really change the game, and I feel like Exum just does not do that.
This is easily going to be the best available player. Really, you cannot tell who it’s going to be, but it will probably be a guy that was projected to be a top-20 pick, but will wind up dropping to #31. I see basically any position going here, and that is nothing specific; a guard, a forward, or a big man. CJ Wilcox of Washington seems like a really underrated guy that does not get a whole lot of attention, and seems like he could fit into the Bucks system really well. Although he is a top-30 prospect, I could totally see the dynamic guard dropping.
This pick is actually one I could see the Bucks trading. Although they had the worst team last season, the Bucks don’t need two high second round picks, so they could receive two later second round picks. The Denver Nuggets own the 41st and 56th picks in the second round, and they could be interested in moving up.
Pick wise, the Bucks have actually shown some interest in Thanasis Antetokounmpo, the brother of Giannis Antetokounmpo. He brings size and speed, standing at 6’6″ and looks a lot like his brother. After a year in the development league, and is ready for the higher level. I personally thing having two Antetokounmpo’s on the same team would be awesome for the Bucks. Giannis is going to become the centerpiece of the franchise, and Thanasis living in the shadows with space to excel.
FAMILY IS A GREAT THING.
Whoever the Bucks take here will depend on who they pick with their earlier picks. They’ll most likely round out their guard position due to not a whole lot of depth there. This could be a D-League type of player or even a guy that could develop behind Brandon Knight and Ramon Sessions. Deonte Burton of Nevada and Jabari Brown of Missouri are two guards that could fit pretty well with the Bucks system.
It will all tie together in under three weeks at the 2014 NBA Draft, when the Milwaukee Bucks get their hands on anybody they want.. besides one guy, and that has yet to be determined who.
~Alex Strouf (@LetsGoAlex)