Finally, we look to the future.
With the NBA Finals beginning and the Milwaukee Bucks appearing galaxies away from the reality in which the Miami Heat and Dallas Mavericks are operating in, the franchise will be bringing in its first group of prospects for workouts today.
- Malcolm Delany - Guard – Virginia Tech
- Marcus Morris – Forward – Kansas
- Trey Thompkins - Forward – Georgia
- Anatoly Bose - Guard – Nicholls State
- Andrew Goudelock - Guard – College of Charleston
- Dwight Buycks - Guard – Marquette
Of the listed names, keep in mind Morris. A 6-foot-9 junior out of Kansas is currently projected at number nine on DraftExpress.com and at 11 on ESPN.com. A competent shooter, Morris has been tagged with the oft-dreaded “tweener” label at times, as he lacks ideal size for a power forward. Chad Ford reported recently that he’s been referring to himself as a three, while teams are looking at him more as a stretch four. Reports have been that the Bucks do have some interest in him at number 10, despite what would appear to be a glut of power forward on the roster.
Scott Skiles has been hesitant to use “tweener” types at the three, preferring in past cases like Joe Alexander to error on the side of defensive caution. Wings in Milwaukee can only be wings if they prove they can defend the perimeter — that seems to be something Morris could struggle with.
The drafting of Morris would also appear to be out of line with Milwaukee’s noted desire last off-season and presumable desire this off-season to get longer and more athletic. If Morris is indeed going to play power forward in the NBA, DX notes that he would have the shortest wingspan of ANY power forward ever drafted in the first round (ever, in this scenario, appears to largely mean since 2000). Quite a contrast to Larry Sanders, last year’s first round pick and owner of the second largest power forward wingspan amongst draftees.
Thompkins is a projected second round pick on DX, but has a shot at moving into the first. Another power forward prospect, he measured out at a quarter inch less than 6-foot-10 at the Draft Combine. Contrary to Morris, there’s no question about what position may best suit Thompkins. Similar to Morris, Thompkins can step out and shoot it a bit, having hit 38% of his threes as a sophomore. Unfortunately, Thompkins made just 31% of his threes this past season.
DX questions his effort defensively, something that won’t fly in Milwaukee, especially given his lack of immense physical talents.
Local college talent Buycks is a name many Bucks fans are familiar with. A product of the City Conference, Buycks spent two years at Marquette and tantalized on occasion with his shot-making and attacking, but frustrated as often with his curious decision making.
More on Morris and the rest of today’s crop later today or tomorrow morning. I won’t be attending any of the workouts this week, but hopefully will have a little more on next week’s group of prospects.
Jeremy Schmidt writes the Milwaukee Bucks blog Bucksketball.com. Follow him on Twitter and become a fan on Facebook (sidebar).