Milwaukee bucks 2018 NBA Draft scouting profile: Aaron Holiday

Aaron Holiday has been linked to the Milwaukee Bucks in a couple of NBA mock drafts so let’s preview his strengths, weaknesses and fit with the Bucks.

Aaron Holiday has been linked with the Milwaukee Bucks as a logical 17th overall pick in the 2018 NBA Draft. Even though Milwaukee is already loaded at the point guard position with Malcolm Brogdon, Matthew Dellavedova, Brandon Jennings and Eric Bledsoe, Holiday might make sense on this roster.

The biggest reason to draft a point guard is Bledsoe’s pending free agency in 2019. As of now, Milwaukee doesn’t have a contingency plan with Brogdon also being set to become a free agent that season, albeit restricted.

Holiday’s game also figures to fit perfectly with what the Bucks are looking for alongside Giannis Antetokounmpo and Khris Middleton. Without giving away too much, however, let’s preview the junior out of UCLA.

DAYTON, OH – MARCH 13: Aaron Holiday #3 of the UCLA Bruins reacts against the St. Bonaventure Bonnies during the first half of the First Four game in the 2018 NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament at UD Arena on March 13, 2018 in Dayton, Ohio. (Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images)

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Aaron Holiday
Point Guard UCLA
Per Game Table
SeasonSchoolGFG%2P%3P%FT%TRBASTSTLBLKTOVPFPTS
2015-16UCLA32.394.383.419.7273.04.01.40.32.93.210.3
2016-17UCLA36.485.539.411.7932.94.41.10.22.42.312.3
2017-18UCLA33.461.486.429.8283.75.81.30.23.82.620.3
CareerUCLA101.450.469.422.7953.24.71.20.23.02.714.3

Height/weight: 6-foot-1/ 187 pounds

Wingspan: 6-foot-7.5

Standing Reach: 8-foot-1

Age: 21

Pros

  • Great shooter from the outside.
  • Great as a pick-and-roll ball-handler.
  • Good passing vision.
  • Plays hard on defense.

Cons

  • Some limitations athletically that will limit him defensively.
  • Needs to improve ball-handling.

NBA Comparisons

A couple of players Bucks’ fans are familiar pop up on this list including Brandon Knight and T.J. Ford. Trey Burke is also mentioned.

How he’d fit with the Bucks:

The shooting is what stands out the most, as he has great range and ability to hit threes. Milwaukee desperately needs that spacing and Bledsoe isn’t the best fit in that regard. His wingspan is also a plus and will help defensively, although his physical limitations could get in the way of his potential.