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The draft is less than three days away and we haven’t talked about the Bucks’ three second round picks yet! So, let’s talk about the Bucks’ three second round picks (31, 36, 48).
Researching potential second round picks is #notfun because THERE ARE SO MANY PROSPECTS and we have literally no idea what the Bucks’ front office is thinking at any given moment (except around lunch time when they probably think about lunch). To get a better grasp on who the Bucks may select in the second round, here is a list of the prospects who the Bucks saw during group workouts in Milwaukee:
That’s a lot of names and really who cares. Most of these 39 participants will never play an NBA game and certainly won’t hear their name called during Thursday’s draft (I’m looking at you Ben Brust).
But of these prospects, 11 are ranked within the top 60 prospects by Draft Express, which is good enough for me to make those 11 the only ones I write about. Moving on!
Speaking of those 11 prospects … let’s talk about those 11 prospects.
Mitch McGary – F/C, Michigan, DX # 28
Y’all know Mitch. The 6’10, 260-pound forward/center out of Michigan missed most of his sophomore season because of a back injury and didn’t plan on entering the NBA Draft this year. But after testing positive for marijuana, and faced with a season-long suspension from the NCAA, McGary declared for the draft and now I’m writing this sentence.
McGary ranked as Draft Express’ no. 2 player in the Big Ten coming in to last season (behind teammate Glenn Robinson III). He has genuine NBA center size (could John Hammond draft a big with actual size? Is he allowed?), gets offensive rebounds and finishes at the rim at a high rate, with most of his offense coming from pick-and-rolls during his sophomore season. Simply put, this extremely physical, active center could be a steal for the Bucks if they can get him with pick no. 31. That is if his back is at full health, which … who knows?! Welcome to the risk of second round picks. Boom or bust, baby.
Deonte Burton – PG, Nevada, DX # 35
Deonte Burton went to Nevada. Another person named Deonte Burton went to Marquette. They are different people.
This Burton from Nevada seems like a good fit for the Bucks. He’s 6-1, 190-pounds with a 6-6 wingspan and “arguably the best athleticism of any point guard in the class,” says Draft Express. Yes, yes, yes, please. He had a higher max vertical leap than Aaron Gordon at the draft combine (39.5 inches). He’s a streaky shooter with a few holes on defense (what prospect doesn’t) and the tools of the prototypical, Russell Westbrook, next-generation point guard that the NBA is shifting towards.
If Brandon Knight‘s move to shooting guard is for real, then the Bucks could surely use an extremely athletic point guard to share time with Nate Wolters.
Draft Express currently has Burton going to the Bucks with the 48th pick.
Artem Klimenko – C, Russia, DX # 38
Seven-foot Russian center! Woo!
Artem Klimenko deserves to be on the Bucks simply because of his name. It would fit in so well with Giannis Antetokounmpo, Ersan Ilyasova, Miroslav Radjulica and O.J. Mayo.
He also deserves to be on the Bucks because Klimenko/Radjulica frontcourts are how dreams are made. Draft Express describes Klimenko as a, “long, mobile 7-footer” who has a 7-4 wingspan and 9-4 standing reach. He has no post skills. But can “run like a deer.” If Klimenko doesn’t sound like a Buck then I’m really not sure who does. Also, Chad Ford’s most recent mock as of today has the Bucks selecting him.
Oh, and did I mention that he’s just 20 years old? And that Draft Express called him the best defender at EuroCamp 2012? Do you need to hear more?!
C.J. Wilcox – SF, Washington, DX # 40
C.J. Wilcox can shoot basketballs quite well. He can’t do much else and he’s 23 years old. Despite this, Draft Express ranked him as the 40th best prospect in the draft so he must REALLY shoot well. He connected on 43 percent of his catch-and-shoot jumpers and 35 percent on pull-ups last season, according to DX.
He has a decent 6-9 wingspan for his 6-5 frame. But it’s nothing to get me too excited. And I need excitement with second round picks. I NEED IT. This ain’t no place for boring.
Johnny O’Bryant – PF/C, LSU, DX # 42
An imposing center from LSU? That’s the excitement I seek!
Johnny O’Bryant is a 6-8 center who was a top-40 high school recruit and McDonald’s All-American in 2011. He was 280 pounds when he arrived at LSU as a freshman, but slimmed down to 260 pounds for his junior season last year. This slightly reduced weight allowed him to improve his energy level and still be a dominating physical presence. He has some consistency issues, but “when he’s active, aggressive, and scoring over defenders from the midrange, he looks the part of a potential first round pick,” says DX.
He fouls a lot and hasn’t show much potential on the defensive end as he doesn’t have much athleticism. Despite this, his physicality would be lovely next to Radjulica for a the Bucks’ bench unit in a few seasons. Think of all bruises!
Jabari Brown – DX # 44
Jabari Brown out of Missouri falls into the same “C.J. Wilcox” category for me. A good shooter who is average at other things.
He took on a bigger offensive role for Mizzou during his junior season last year and showed a better attack dribble to go along with a 63 percent true shooting percentage. This attack dribble he developed was only good for himself, though, as he rarely created for others on offense. He’s not big or an exceptional athlete, which makes defense a problem.
I’m not excited!
Devyn Marble – DX # 48
University of Wisconsin basketball fans will know Devyn Marble. The 6-6 shooting guard from Iowa developed into the Hawkeyes’ number one scoring option last season. He shoots a lot of 3-pointers, while only making 35.2 percent of his attempts. He has solid ball handling and seems to have strong basketball awareness, averaging 4.5 assists per 40 minutes, according to DX.
Bucks’ director of scouting Billy McKinney said the Bucks’ were extremely impressed by Marble’s interview and called into one of the best he’s ever seen. So Marble can talk and sell himself, which is a good. He’s a young senior at just 22 years old and would seem to be a strong locker room presence.
I’m for Mr. Marble.
Josh Huestis – SF, Stanford, DX # 50
The 6-8 forward from Standford is climbing draft boards as his 7-1 wingspan, defensive instincts and Stanford mind have proven to be intriguing to front offices. And he can shoot 3-pointers.
This is really all you need to know about him. He has ideal NBA small forward size, brains, elite defensive potential and a 3-point stroke. Get him on the team now, thanks, goodbye.
Jahii Carson – DX # 51
Carson hoped to be a mid-to-late first round pick.
He will not be a mid-to-late first round pick. His size concerns and an uncertain jump shot have left him as a mid-to-late second round possibility.
Cory Jefferson – DX # 52
Here’s a very brief description of Jefferson along with thousands of others of players: He is very long and athletic, but raw offensively.
That short sentence is likely the most common way basketball players are described in America.
Jefferson is also 23-years-old, so while being raw offensively is a great intrigue for a younger man, it’s something of a handicap for a 23-year-old. The lives of basketball players are very accelerated and sad.
Thanasis Antetokounmpo – DX # 56
His brother plays for the Bucks.
Other players in the DX Top 100 who worked out for the Bucks:
G – Lamar Patterson (DX # 61)
G/F – Joe Harris (DX # 62)
F – C.J. Fair (DX # 66)
F – Fuquan Edwin (DX # 64)
F – Jordan McRae (DX # 65)
F – Mike Moser (DX # 73)
G – Sean Kilpatrick (DX # 83)
F/C – Erik Moreland (DX # 92) (Note: He went to Oregon State. JUST LIKE WES EDENS. HMMMMMMMM.) (Double note: He also did not work out for the Bucks.)