Ho hum, just another Bucks’ workout featuring relatively unknown guards and forwards that could be taken in the second…
Wait. Hold on. Is that Baylor forward Quincy Miller’s name I see on that list? It is. Hm, he’s a late first-round projected draft pick in nearly every mock draft. Could the Bucks be considering making a move down in the draft in order to get Miller?
“That’s unlikely at this point,” said Bucks’ GM John Hammond, according to various media outlets (aka Twitter). With the 12th pick, the Bucks are stuck in draft lottery purgatory, with the price of trading up appearing to be too steep and the notion of trading down seeming not worth the hassle. Both are risks because you’re not positive that you’re getting star potential in the players higher or lower on the draft board. Although this draft is deep, the Bucks seemed destined to be drafting a contributing role player/starter, something their roster is already full of.
So, while Miller is an intriguing prospect, it appears unlikely that the Bucks’ will be willing to move out of their already perplexing draft position and move further down the draft board.
(At this point I’d like to introduce that weird feeling you have in your stomach. It’s called Bucks Depression, or Bucksession, if you will. It’s that sad, sinking feeling that a Bucks fan feels when they know that their team is probably not going to come away from this draft with much to be truly excited or disappointed about. Cures for this could include a John Hammond draft-day trade (again unlikely) and/or a few pulls of an alcohol of your choice).
Joining Miller in Monday’s workout were UW-Milwaukee guard Ryan Allen, FIU forward Dominique Ferguson, Miami guard/forward DeQuan Jones, IUPUI guard/forward Alex Young, and Northwestern forward John Shurna. It was reported by Charles Gardener and Chris Jenkins on Twitter that Shurna made 36 out of 40 three-pointers during his workout. I’m not asking for much, but if Shurna can maintain shooting at that 90% clip, I strongly suggest the Bucks’ draft him.
(Can you tell my Bucksession is setting in)?
In more exciting news, the aforementioned journalists also reported that there was another draft workout scheduled for tomorrow, with the hopes that big names like Duke guard Austin Rivers, Washington forward Terrence Ross, and Connecticut guard/forward Jeremy Lamb attend. All are potential first-round selections, depending on whether the Bucks feel that Monta Ellis and the franchise have a future together. In other words, the Bucks have a ton of options to consider and it’s all getting confusing and I’m going to stop writing now.