Andrew Gruman from Fox Sports Wisconsin reported on Monday that the Milwaukee Bucks have offered Israeli and former Wichita State point guard Gal Mekel a spot on the team’s summer league roster. Mekel will reportedly consider his options before accepting the offer, so there’s no guarantee we’ll ever see him in a Bucks uniform.
But if we did, this is what we could see.
Besides being incredibly pixilated, Mekel looks to have a decent jump shot and he appears to at least understand the concept of dribbling. He has good size at six-foot-four with decent athleticism, according to Draft Express.
Mekel was the MVP of the Israeli Basketball Super League last season (and in 2011) as he posted 13.3 points and 5.4 assists on 47 percent shooting. Not incredible, but apparently good enough to win MVP. In addition to the stats, Mekel led his team to the Israeli championship.
So the kid (cough 25-years-old cough) has talent and he’s drawn interest from multiple teams around the league. But it appears the Bucks are the first team to act on the guard, most likely due to an “eye-opening” workout he performed in Milwaukee, according to ESPN’s Marc Stein.
“Mekel had an eye-opening workout last week with the Milwaukee Bucks, according to sources close to the situation, and will audition Monday for the Dallas Mavericks. Sources told ESPN.com that the Toronto Raptors, meanwhile, are the latest team to express interest in Mekel, who has made major progress since his days at Wichita State from 2006-2008 and increasingly appeals to NBA teams thanks to his size, ability to read the game and, most of all, his pick-and-roll proficiency.
Other teams to register a level of interest in Mekel, sources say, include Atlanta, Indiana and Memphis. Utah also continues to track Mekel after giving him his first NBA audition last fall and inviting him to training camp, only for visa issues to prevent his participation.”
It’s important to clarify that what the Bucks have reportedly offered Mekel is not a contract, but just a spot on the summer league roster. It is very likely Mekel will wait for something more guaranteed before he accepts the invite.
Will Mekel become the Bucks’ replacement for Brandon Jennnings? Probably not.
Would he be a welcomed, no-risk addition to the summer league roster? Definitely.