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2014 NBA Draft Preview: Milwaukee Bucks

Jun 19, 2014, 8:00 AM EDT

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Picks: 2, 31, 36, 48

Needs: EVERYTHING. The 76ers finished with four more wins than Milwaukee. The 76ers!

The Bucks’ top prospect is Giannis Antetokounmpo, but even he’s not good enough to justify taking anyone other than the best player available. Besides, his best position could end up anywhere between point guard and power forward. He could play with anyone.

John Henson is solid, and Brandon Knight is fine. But drafting based on the presence of players like that is how bad teams remain bad.

Take the best player available.

Trade possibilities: If the Cavaliers don’t pounce first, Maybe Milwaukee can trade down with Philadelphia so the 76ers can get Wiggins. If the Bucks prefer Wiggins for themselves, it’s probably not worth it. But if they want someone else, a well-executed bluff could net extra assets.

Otherwise, not much is cooking, though that could always change before draft night.

Predictions: The Bucks have worked or will work out Embiid, Wiggins, Parker and Dante Exum. Milwaukee is clearly doing its homework, analyzing the consensus top three prospects and even glimpsing the intriguing Exum.

If Joel Embiid falls to No. 2, the Bucks would likely take him. They’re not worried about his back, and they don’t fear a project.

If the Cavaliers take him Embiid No. 1, Milwaukee could go with Parker or Wiggins. The Bucks seems to be trending toward Parker, but they needn’t pass on Wiggins just because Wiggins to Philadelphia is such a hot plan. This simple fact gets lost as mock drafts overwhelm this time of year, but Milwaukee has no obligation to help fulfill a narrative lower in the draft.

Exum at No. 2 is a longshot, though a possibility.

The Bucks could trade a second rounder, but they’re probably better off using all three on cheap talent – maybe even drafting and stashing – and rebuilding in earnest. That’s long overdue.

As long as they don’t draft Parker over Wiggins because Parker’s hometown of Chicago is closer to Milwaukee, they’re doing alright.

  1. bougin89 - Jun 19, 2014 at 9:15 AM

    Provided they don’t trade out of the #2 pick and Wiggins is available, the Bucks have to draft Wiggins. Otherwise they need to seriously evaluate their medical opinion of Embiid. For me, he’s a little too risky, so I’d go with Parker.

    • 1historian - Jun 19, 2014 at 10:05 AM

      So would Sam Smith – in any case.

  2. mungman69 - Jun 19, 2014 at 10:23 AM

    Cavs take Parker, Bucks take Embiid, Sixers take Wiggans, Magic take Exum. That’s my though TODAY!

  3. haaaaasoooooo - Jun 19, 2014 at 10:26 AM

    If they could get Thad young and the three or ten pick from philly, they NEED to do it! They could draft a great PG at ten, and have a solid starting 5. Also, Larry sanders is available! Two top ten picks in this draft could give any team instant depth.

    • madnova - Jun 19, 2014 at 1:34 PM

      I’m not sure why exactly the Bucks would want Young, who plays their deepest position and would continue to be unhappy on another rebuilding team.

      It’s not like the Bucks are going to speed up the tempo like Philly did to inflate his stats for future trade value.

  4. phillysports1 - Jun 19, 2014 at 10:44 AM

    Bucks are going draft Parker if Embiid is gone at #1 but I wouldn’t be shock if Milwaukee selects Vonleh at #2 though, you just never know !

    • madnova - Jun 19, 2014 at 1:38 PM

      I’d be shocked if they drafted Vonleh over Parker, Wiggins, or Exum. That would be completely out of left field.

      I’d be mildly surprised if they drafted Parker over Wiggins. Hammond has historically valued athleticism and potential over all else in the first round. I’m not sure why anyone expects him to suddenly change course this year.

      • trevor123698 - Jun 19, 2014 at 5:39 PM

        it would be better than getting parker

    • bougin89 - Jun 19, 2014 at 3:34 PM

      The Bucks won’t be drafting Embiid.

  5. loubearkane - Jun 19, 2014 at 11:40 AM

    Embiid broke his foot , being confirmed now
    #1 Wiggins
    #2 Parker
    #3 Suck it 76ers

  6. phillysports1 - Jun 19, 2014 at 12:31 PM

    Why the ” suck it sixers ” for ? You sound like my 6 year old nephew.

  7. haaaaasoooooo - Jun 19, 2014 at 1:48 PM


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