The Milwaukee Bucks made their draft desires quite clear at this morning’s workout, the second of several planned before the June 27th draft. Director of Scouting Billy McKinney confirmed this need, stating, “You look at our roster and we have a lot of big men on the roster so we’re looking at swing positions for our picks in the first and second round, possibly.
It’s no secret that the Bucks backcourt is in flux,what with Monta Ellis having the option to opt in or out of his final year, Brandon Jennings being a restricted free agent, and JJ Redick appearing to be on his way out. Depending on which avenue the team wishes to explore, the 15th and 43rd pick could be instrumental in the future plans for the franchise.
If Jennings ends up walking away, Dennis Schröder should be strongly considered as a viable replacement. The 19 year-old has been an intriguing prospect for a couple of years, and his stock keeps on rising after having a successful showing at the Nike Hoop Summit. At 6’2” and 168lbs., Schröder has a similar build to All-Star point guard Rajon Rondo. McKinney also praised his defensive skills and good all-around game, which is something we haven’t heard too much of in the past few seasons in regards to point guards.
Schröder, however, had been rumored to have been given a promise by a team in the mid-first round. He was not asked about the promise, but felt he would be a good fit in Milwaukee if he was selected with the 15th pick.
“I think I fit very well here in this team. I think they play very good basketball like I play in Germany, so I think I would fit very well.”
If Schröder is off the board or the Bucks decide to move down out of their spot, then Miami guard Shane Larkin may be an option in the late-first round. Though he stands at only 5’11”, Larkin doesn’t let his height bother him.
“Just because of my height, I have to be a great athlete to play in the NBA, and just showing my athleticism will put me in a good spot on draft night…if you can play basketball you can play basketball.”
Larkin had big time success at Miami in his sophomore campaign, and though his season came to an end at the hands of Marquette, he still has much admiration for the city of Milwaukee.
“I didn’t expect it to be like this up here in Milwaukee, but it’s a great city. They say it’s a lot like Chicago but with less traffic. Can’t complain about that.”
The other guards that worked out this morning were Michigan’s Tim Hardaway Jr., Murray State’s Isaiah Canaan, Missouri’s Phil Pressey, and Belmont’s Ian Clark. Everyone outside of Clark is projected to be an early to mid second round pick, and may all be available for the Bucks when pick #43 is up.
- This was a unique workout, as three of the participants had fathers that were pro athletes. Both Tim Hardaway Jr and Phil Pressey’s dads both had sucessful NBA careers (with Paul Pressey being drafted by the Bucks with the 20th pick in the 1982 draft), where Shane Larkin’s dad, Barry, was a hall of fame shortstop for the Cincinnati Reds
- The Bucks will be holding a mini-camp on an upcoming weekend for players from the D-League or overseas that are currently free agents. McKinney said that they had made an effort to go out and see more of those games, and that they are excited to bring those guys in and give them a chance to compete.