Category: Draft Talk
Things pick back up with a little more intrigue today as the Milwaukee Bucks workout six guards, two of which are projected to be first round picks, with one being viewed as a potential lottery pick.
- Klay Thompson - Guard – Washington State
- Jordan Hamilton - Guard – Texas
- Marcus Simmons – Guard – USC
- Bill Clark - Guard – Duquesne
- Corey Fisher - Guard – Villanova
- Corey Higgins - Guard – Colorado
Thompson, a 6-foot-7 guard with a sweet stroke is Wednesday’s headliner. Son of former NBA player Mychal Thompson and brother of Tuesday Bucks workout invitee Mychal Thompson (Same name, but no junior. I don’t know either.), Thompson made his name at Washington State as a significant three-point threat. Thompson is the school’s all-time leading three-point shooter, having hit 242 in his three years on campus. Without question, it’s that three-point stroke that likely has landed Thompson on the short list of prospects the Bucks could seriously consider at number ten, given the team’s lack of touch from outside last season.
The team is unlikely to select a prospect that will slide in and start right away, so Thompson could potentially serve the Bucks well as a shooter off the bench. It’s tough to project how shooters are going to fare in Milwaukee’s system though, especially if they are shooting guards. Milwaukee’s offense generally seems to shy away from three-point attempts at the two guard position. For example, John Salmons, despite being the team’s most accurate three-point shooter percentage wise, attempted roughly half as many threes per game as Carlos Delfino and nearly two less per game than Brandon Jennings. Perhaps Salmons just needed to look for his three more, but he seemed to initiate the offense quite a bit more than Delfino at least for sure.
Hamilton is the other probable first round pick working out Wednesday. The 6-foot-7 guard/forward (think Joe Johnson in terms of size according to Draft Express) from Texas made impressive strides last season, boosting his points per game by over eight points and rebounds by five. Draft Express notes that Hamilton took full advantage of the opportunities afforded to him once Avery Bradley and Damion James left town, allowing him to take over as the team’s number one scoring option.
While he matches up physically with Johnson, don’t take that comparison too far. Johnson is an adept passer and originally headed to Atlanta in a point guard role, whereas Hamilton is much more of an aggressive scorer. The DX bio on Hamilton reads a bit like he’s an advanced version of Chris Douglas-Roberts at some points:
Hamilton is such a gifted talent that he has the ability to convert many of these wild, contested runners, floaters and pull-ups from 8-12 feet away from the basket. Sometimes he’ll do so from crazy angles and in spectacular fashion, thanks to his terrific touch, body control, multiple release points, and all-around scoring instincts.
But don’t pigeonhole him as just a slasher: he hit 38.5% of his threes last season on better than six attempts per game. Given his terrific size, strength and athleticism combination, it’s difficult to understand why he’s being projected so low in such a week draft. Chad Ford has him going 16 and DX has him going 19. His biggest flaw seems to be his penchant for bad shots, but reports are that he has interviewed well and he seems ripe to move up the draft board and potentially could draw interest from the Bucks at ten.
Jeremy Schmidt writes the Milwaukee Bucks blog Bucksketball.com. Follow him on Twitter and become a fan on Facebook.