Jeremy Lamb or Terrance Ross – my allegiances rest with them.
It’s been too long since I’ve seen some athleticism, real legitimate dangerous athleticism, on a wing in Milwaukee. Actually, we got to see that last season with Monta Ellis. Let me correct myself – It’s been too long since I’ve seen a player with both athleticism AND SIZE on a wing in Milwaukee. I like Tobias Harris and think he could be a bright part of the Bucks future. I like even more the thought of pairing him with a big wing on the other side capable of hitting threes or slashing to the hoop. Lamb and Ross both sound capable of doing those two things. Milwaukee could finally have a future with size and scoring punch on both wings.
I recognize the Milwaukee Bucks have a hole at the center position that could only be defined as gaping, but we have months to see how that plays out. No, the Bucks weren’t even able to address the backup center position in either of the past two seasons, but desparation can often yield quick results. It’s been quite a while since the Bucks have entered free agency with such a glaring need at center. Andrew Bogut manned the middle when healthy for seven seasons and despite his frequent injuries, he rarely was hurt badly enough to expect a summer of rest wouldn’t cure his ailment (elbow explosion aside).
So there should be a real sense of urgency to find some size, ideally some athletic and defensive minded size, this summer and free agency may have what the Bucks need.
Looking for a defensive center? Jason Collins is available. The restricted Greg Steimsma seems awfully appealing. Even Milwaukee’s own free agent Kwame Brown could be a solid investment for the right price. If the Bucks can surround the man in the middle with enough scoring options, and the current roster does that, the Bucks can plug in solid system defenders in at the five with the sole goal of improving what was a pretty poor defense last season. A veteran center seems a lot more likely to do that than a rookie.
Grabbing Lamb or Ross isn’t drafting need over upside and frankly, drafting Leonard wouldn’t be need over upside either. Each of the three does a certain amount of need meeting and carries with him his own brand of upside. This draft seems unique in that way. There are a whole bunch of guys who seem like they could be pretty good. Aside from Anthony Davis there’s no obvious clear star. And after the top five, players six through 15 all seem solid, like any of them could breakout. But none is a clear cut star. But whereas most drafts are essentially a crap shoot after the top five, it seems like the Bucks will come out of this one with a player more prepared to make an impact than any of Joe Alexander, Larry Sanders or Tobias Harris were.
- Chad Ford’s most recent Mock Draft – posted two hours ago after the Houston-Minnesota trade – has the Bucks taking Leonard.
- Steve Von Horn with some interesting analysis of Leonard and Lamb and how their draft stocks have changed since the lottery.
- Lamb did not work out today – but he did visit with the Bucks front office according to Ryan Kartje. Follow Ryan on Twitter – he has lots of good Bucks stuff. Same with Paul Imig.
- Jeff Weltman on Lamb:
We had breakfast with (Lamb) this morning, he wanted to let us know that he is serious about us.