The Milwaukee Bucks added some bulk to the frontcourt with the second of their three second-round picks in Thursday’s NBA Draft, adding LSU center Johnny O’Bryant with the 36th overall pick.
O’Bryant, 21, spent three years at LSU and averaged 15.4 points, 7.7 rebounds and 1.6 assists in 30 minutes per game for the Tigers last season, shooting .494/.333/.634.
The 3-point shooting might be misleading—he was 1-for-3 last season.
O’Bryant is undersized for an NBA center at 6-foot-8, but is 257 pounds with a 7-foot-2¼ wingspan.
One factor that made O’Bryant a more attractive NBA candidate was the more than 20 pounds he lost after playing his sophomore season at 280 pounds.
He’s an unspectacular athlete, but could struggle with consistency at times.
O’Bryant is a strong, but undisciplined, defensive player who is prone to getting himself into foul trouble. He is effective bodying up in the post and moving his feet when he has to guard on the perimeter, but he struggles to keep himself straight up on shooters inside, leading to silly reach fouls.
If he can continue to develop his outside shooting to become a more versatile scorer away from the basket, combined with his strength and soft touch in the post, he could be a valuable contributor in the rotation for the Bucks.