The Bucks won the #2 overall selection in the 2014 NBA Draft. The Cleveland Cavaliers, for the third time in five years, will pick #1.
Mallory Edens, daughter of co-owner Wesley Edens, was the Bucks representative on stage and Alexander Lasry, son of co-owner Marc Lasry, was the team’s representative backstage where the actual balls were drawn.
— Alexander Lasry (@AlexanderLasry) May 21, 2014
The winning combination that netted the Bucks the pick was 8-6-11-1.
Milwaukee had a 25.00% chance of winning the first pick and a 21.49% chance of getting the second pick. They managed to avoid their most likely fate (and worst-case scenario): the #4 overall pick.
The top-2 pick means that the Bucks will get their no worse than their second-favorite player from a list of talented college and international players including Joel Embiid, Andrew Wiggins, Jabari Parker, and Dante Exum.
Wesley Edens seemed pleased with the level of player his team will be able to select.
“There’s so many good players. It’s a wealth of opportunity, and we’re definitely excited about the opportunity. We have a couple of young guys with us here tonight in Giannis (Antetokounmpo) and Brandon (Knight), and the young nucleus of this team is terrific. We’ve got a good chance to add to it. ”
By picking higher, they should also be able to get their pick of players to work out for them in private workouts.
The Bucks have had the #1 overall pick four times in franchise history — Kareem Abdul-Jabaar, Kent Benson, Glenn Robinson, Andrew Bogut — but they have never had the #2 pick. Their lone franchise #3 pick was Marques Johnson in 1977.
The NBA Draft is scheduled for June 26 at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York. According to Chris Mannix of Sports Illustrated, Wes Edens expects general manager John Hammond to be the one making the pick:
New Bucks owner Wes Edens told me he expects John Hammond to be making the pick for the team on draft night.
— Chris Mannix (@ChrisMannixSI) May 21, 2014
Earlier in the evening, NBA Commissioner Adam Silver expressed his faith in Milwaukee’s new ownership tandem when asked a question about the approval process and what the new owners will bring to the league.
“In terms of the process of approving Wes Edens and Marc Lasry, it went very smoothly and very quickly. I’ve known Marc Lasry, a fellow New Yorker, for a very long time now. I’ve recently gotten to know Wes Edens better. They have outstanding reputations. They’re both passionate about the game. They’ve made a strong commitment both in terms of resources, dollars, personal commitments to the Milwaukee community. We know we need a new arena there. Senator Kohl, I think people haven’t talked enough about a $100 million personal contribution that he’s making to see a municipal arena built.
“So I have complete confidence in this group, and on one hand while unfortunately so much attention has been focused on Mr. Sterling of late, we have an incredible group of owners in this league and this whole new generation coming in, and no one embodies that new generation better than Edens and Lasry, two fantastic owners.”