Unlike most of the guys behind him on this list, Shai Gilgeous-Alexander is projected to go before the Bucks pick. However, if he somehow falls to No. 17, Milwaukee should stay away because there’s a good reason for his fall.
At 6-foot-6, he can play either point guard or shooting guard and relies on his defense and playmaking skills to make him an attractive draft prospect. He’s very engaged in all areas of the game and shows consistent effort all over the floor.
The bad news is that he’s in the mold of a non-shooting, long-armed guard. This type of player has struggled to thrive in the new-age NBA. Of course, there are guys like Shaun Livingston who has redeveloped his game as a veteran and continue to be an integral part of the Golden State Warriors. Unfortunately, there are more examples of players like Michael Carter-Williams who has become an NBA journeyman and doesn’t have a natural position.
This lack of a defined position and outside shot could hurt him and stunt his ceiling as a player in this league. And that’s ultimately why Milwaukee should stay away from Gilgeous-Alexander.