The NBA Draft is June 26, less than two weeks away, and the Milwaukee Bucks have what could be a pivotal choice in their rebuilding process when they select second overall.
Interestingly, the Bucks have never chosen second overall in the draft. They have had the No. 1 overall pick four times (1969, 1977, 1994, 2005) and the No. 3 pick once (also in 1977).
So we’ve looked at all 42 first-round picks the Bucks have either had or traded for (in exchange for the rights to another draft pick).
Those sort of trades include deals such as the much-discussed 1998 swap in which the Bucks swapped their No. 9 and No. 19 overall picks to the Dallas Mavericks for the No. 6 overall pick, which leads to the mistaken notion that Dirk Nowitzki was for a brief time a Milwaukee Buck.
On paper, yes. In actuality, not so much—the Mavericks took who Milwaukee asked them to take, the Bucks then drafted the players Dallas wanted with the two other picks in the deal.
These picks have been broken down into six categories, based on the value these players brought to the Bucks.
That is as opposed to the value for their entire careers; for instance, Scott Skiles (Milwaukee’s No. 1 pick in 1986) went on to have a reasonably productive career—there was just very little of that productivity that happened while he was in a Milwaukee uniform.