The Milwaukee Bucks are selecting second in this year’s NBA Draft. Even with the worst record in the NBA, you can’t really say that the Bucs lost the lottery because this year’s draft is deep, especially with the first couple of draft picks. Bucks fans should start to get excited about their team though. Even though they had a season no fan wants to go through this past season, there is optimism. The Bucks have two new owners, the possibility of a new arena, and the second pick in a deep draft.
So who should the Bucks take with the second pick? Let’s look at the three candidates that could be there for the Bucks
Center - Joel Embiid Kansas
Embiid has been impressing teams as of recently with his size and his ability to quickly move around the court. He is a raw talent with room to grow yet. This very well could be the Bucks pick to help improve their front court, but I am not a big fan of this pick for a couple of reasons. First, even though Embiid is 7ft tall, he only weighs 250lbs, which is a little light you would want your center to be. Secondly, this isn’t the NBA of the 90's that was filled with dominate centers. This is a guard and forward heavy league. With the exception of Duncan, no team in the Conference Championships have a dominate, prototypical, old school center. Roy Hibbert could of been that guy, but he has regressed big time. If I am the Bucks, I pass on Embiid and his injury concerns. Anyone remember Greg Oden?
Forward/Guard - Andrew Wiggins Kansas
Wiggins is a great athlete with good height and weight for the NBA. He can play both the small forward and shooting guard position in the NBA. He is a good team player that always looks to get his teammates involved, which is hard to find in the NBA these days. The only thing that Wiggins needs to improve on is he needs to show his passion for the game and play the game at 100% all the time. Too many times it looked like he was standing around watching the game instead of continuously moving. He has the potential to be a franchise player and I wouldn’t be upset at all if the Bucks picked him up.
Guard/Forward - Jabari Parker Duke
If Parker is available with the second pick, this is the guy I would like to see the Bucks draft. To me, he is the next coming of Grant Hill where he can play that forward-point position. He has the size to play the forward position, but has great vision where he can play the point guard spot at times and bring the ball up the court. Pairing Parker up with the “Greek Freak” could form a dynamic duo for the Bucks for a long time and sell a lot of tickets for the Bucks. Having Parker would allow the Bucks to be more flexible in their lineups.