The writers here at Bucksketball have thoughts, feelings, desires and needs when it comes to the NBA Draft and we just couldn’t keep them bottled up or spewing out exclusively on Twitter any more.
Our thoughts on who we WANT the Bucks to take, who we THINK the Bucks will take and if the Bucks will make a trade.
Who do you WANT the Bucks to take?
Jeremy Schmidt: Giannis Adetokunbo. I don’t care for your criticisms. I just watched a tape of him destroying everyone in his path under six-foot tall and that’s all I need to think he could potentially be the best player from this draft in three years. I’m all about ceilings.
Jon Hartzell: Jamaal Franklin. He has size, athleticism, and work ethic. His jumper is nothing to write home about but there’s no reason to believe NBA-level coaches couldn’t figure out what’s wrong with it. His friendship with fellow San Diego State Aztec Kawhi Leonard would also be beneficial as Leonard will more than likely mentor Franklin for his initial years in the league.
I also like that he has double-vowels in his first name. That’s super cool. Oh, and did I mention he has a 6-11 wingspan? Yeah. Team Franklin 2013.
Mitch Vomhof: I WANT the Bucks to take a guard: Kentavious Caldwell-Pope, Dennis Schroeder, and Shane Larkin in that order. Why? It’s high time to start rebuilding the paper-thin backcourt the Bucks have now that Monta Ellis (no he’s not coming back DON’T YOU EVEN SUGGEST IT) is gone. KCP is the dream scenario at this point and if he falls to #15 I’ll be screaming as loud as I can while I speed down to the Bradley Center to give John Hammond a piece of my mind. The Bucks as a team were downright terrible shooting jumpers last year and the cure’s name is Kentavious. Well, maybe not the cure. More like a temporary fix. Like aspirin.
Ian Segovia: Shabazz! Aaaaaaah. He’s the greatest in the universe!
Who WILL the Bucks take?
JS: Sergey Karasev. I made everyone get me their thoughts for this post by Wednesday and now I’m writing mine on Thursday. LOOK HOW MUCH SMARTER THAT MAKES ME! I’m all like, “Damn guys, none of you are even going to mention that the Bucks are possibly going to trade for the 13th pick to take Karasev? Okay, I guess I’ll be the one that’s most informed.” The perks of starting a website.
I’ll weep when they take Larkin and Jon mocks me on Twitter.
JH: Larkin. It makes too much sense. He has good character, point guard instincts, and athleticism. But he’s 5-11 and has a 5-11 wingspan and gross. I just can’t see how a player of that size will be able to be a starting point guard in a league which is constantly getting bigger, no matter how hard he works. His dad is Barry Larkin so, yeah, that’s a thing which means something to some people I guess. Of all the prospects who the Bucks are rumored to be interested in, Larkin excites me the least.
MV: The Bucks WILL take whichever lottery-projected big/forward falls to them. You name him: Cody Zeller, Kelly Olynyk, Mason Plumlee… even Shabazz. Apart from the Brandon Jennings selection in ’09, Bucks management has been infatuated with bigs/forwards as shown by the fact that they’ve drafted one with their first pick in 6 of the last 7 years dating back to 2005. Some have been good (Andrew Bogut, LARRY SANDERS!, John Henson), some have been bad (Yi Jianlian, Joe Alexander), and some have made me weep with their spoiled potential (Tobias Harris).
Regardless, if past performance is any indicator, the Bucks have an 85.7% chance of drafting a forward. This also has an 85.7% chance of making me sad
IS: I don’t have any inside sources, so I’ll just go with the scuttlebutt and say Larkin because he has GREAT CHARACTER and is MENTALLY TOUGH and is all about the TEAM. This is the one draft pick that I don’t want to happen, so that means it’ll probably happen.
Will the Bucks continue their draft day tradition of making a trade? If yes, for who?
JS: If history is any indication (and it isn’t really, because what does history matter in this regard), then yes, there will be a trade. But I don’t suspect it’ll be for a person, rather it’ll be for a pick.
JH: I’ll say no. But, if they did, I would guess it would be a trade to move back in the draft, like 20-25 range, to get Glen Rice, Jr. If his head is on straight, Rice could be a great fit at the small forward spot next to Henson and Sanders. I’m just not confident his head will ever be on straight. I’d be happy if the Bucks took the risk, though, because honestly what do they have to lose?
MV: It’s hard to tell whether the Bucks have learned a lesson from their history of draft-day trades (that lesson being PLEASE DON’T) and this is the kind of draft that teams won’t be tripping over themselves to trade up in. If anything, I suspect we’ll see the Bucks sending players out and/or taking on salary to move up or acquire additional picks. There aren’t really any trade candidates out there that fit the Bucks’ needs and interests, so it seems unlikely that they’ll make any trades for players on draft day. Trade for picks? Now THAT’S a possibility. Yes please.
IS: I’m really into the idea of trading up to grab Jeff Withey, but if the Bucks can trade down to get Jamaal Franklin or Allen Crabbe then I will be a happy camper. Both guys bring length to the shooting guard position which will be a great compliment to the long frontcourt.