At this point, the Milwaukee Bucks will likely keep their draft pick in 2019 so let’s preview five potential players they could select in the NBA Draft.
The Milwaukee Bucks draft pick situation is somewhat complex. In order for them to acquire Eric Bledsoe last season from the Phoenix Suns, they were required to send them a protected first round pick. However, the way the two teams protected the pick was very unique.
For 2019, the Bucks keep the pick if it lands between 1-3 or 17-30. Given how the Bucks are playing to begin the season, we can likely count on the latter to happen. That means Milwaukee will keep their pick for at least one more year.
With that in mind, let’s take a look to the offseason to see who Milwaukee could potentially select with their pick. Given their current status in the standings, I’ll be looking at players projected to go in or around the 20’s.
Ja Morant, PG, Murray State: The Bucks could be in the market for a point guard next season considering Eric Bledsoe and Malcolm Brogdon will be free agents and Matthew Dellavedova should be nowhere near significant playing time.
Morant is a great playmaker who could easily handle the primary ball-handling responsibilities. He’s got some things to work on, for sure, but his playmaking is a skill he can at least build off.
Jarrett Culver, SG, Texas Tech: Culver would provide the Bucks with another option at the wing. Even though that’s a deep position, it’s always best to select the best player available at this point in the draft. Culver can create off the dribble and that would be a very attractive option to Milwaukee.
Kris Wilkes, SF, UCLA: Wilkes doesn’t have a very expansive game, but he can play both ends of the floor. He’s also shown the ability to catch-and-shoot from the outside, something that’s attractive to Milwaukee. His playmaking ability is the biggest question mark.
Ty Jerome, SG, Virginia: Jerome is one of the best shooters in the class and would bring excellent range to the Bucks. He has a lot of other holes in his game, but his shooting alone is attractive enough to warrant a selection.
Jalen Smith, PF, Maryland: Smith has the potential to be able to stretch the floor from the power forward position. With the five-out style the Bucks implement, Smith’s outside shooting would fit right in.