As the NBA draft is just one day away, the rumors are swirling on what the Milwaukee Bucks could potentially do with the 24th overall pick in the first round.
While some believe that the Bucks will stay put at pick 24, others believe that they might try to trade up in the draft.
Let’s analyze some of these Milwaukee Bucks draft rumors.
In ESPN draft analyst Jonathan Givony’s latest mock draft, Givony gives some intel on potential players that the Bucks could draft, as he says,
“The Bucks are said to be exploring a host of options with this pick, with names including Andrew Nembhard, Jake LaRavia, Christian Braun and Ismael Kamagate bandied about and indicating the team is exploring “older” players who can help the team win now while its championship window is open.”
Givony also goes on to say that the Bucks have shown interest in moving up in the draft to potentially draft a big man such as Duke’s Mark Williams or Auburn’s Walker Kessler. I already previewed Braun and Kessler in my mock draft preview, but let’s quickly take a look at some of the other players Givony mentions here.
Nembhard and LaRavia are both experienced upperclassmen guards who have a great feel for the game, exhibit good playmaking, and shot the ball very well from 3 this past season. Both lack great athleticism, however, but each could still make an immediate impact on the team.
As for Kamagate and Williams, both have tremendous wingspans and can finish around the hoop at a high level. Each player exhibits great shot blocking and rebounding capabilities but both are extremely limited in their outside shooting.
HoopsHype and USA TODAY Sports’ Michael Scotto also reported the Milwaukee Bucks’ potential interest in trading up in the draft.
While there is a lot of noise surrounding the Bucks trading up, it is important to remember that GM Jon Horst has traded his first round pick in each of the past three years. With that said, there is certainly still the possibility that Horst decides that gaining more assets and trading down is the best way to go.
However, if there is one year that the Bucks do not trade down, I think it has to be this year. The Bucks are in need of a young talent that can play significant minutes immediately.
The Bucks should either trade up if they are eyeing someone specific (potentially Santa Clara’s Jalen Williams or Ohio State’s E.J. Lidell) or stay put at pick 24, but I don’t think trading down is the right option this year.