Bucks select UNLV’s Rashad Vaughn with 17th pick

The Bucks selected UNLV guard Rashad Vaughn with the No. 17 pick in Thursday’s NBA Draft.

Vaughn, the second-leading scorer among freshmen in the country last season, worked out for the Bucks in Milwaukee on Monday and apparently made quite the impression. Milwaukee was thought to have heavy interest in both R.J. Hunter (Georgia State) and Bobby Portis (Arkansas), but they instead opted to go with Vaughn, who may have the highest ceiling of the trio.

At 6-5, 200lbs, Vaughn has prototypical size for an NBA shooting guard. He doesn’t have great length (6-6 wingspan), however, and he’s a good-but-not-great athlete, recording a 34-inch max vertical at the Draft Combine. Injuries may be the biggest concern, as Vaughn has already suffered a pair of meniscus tears, the second of which ended his season in February. Vaughn said at Monday’s workout that he is fully recovered, according to Andrew Gruman of FOX Sports Wisconsin.

The Bucks have said all along that a shooter is atop their list of draft needs, and Vaughn certainly fits the bill. While he’s not a true knockdown, catch-and-shoot threat, he hit north of 38 percent of his threes last season while shooting 45 percent from the field. Vaughn profiles as a score-first guard in the mold of Alec Burks or (gulp) Dion Waiters. He’s skilled at creating his own shot and is one of the draft’s best scorers off the dribble.

With the additions of Vaughn and Greivis Vasquez – acquired from Toronto on Thursday for a future first-round and future second-round pick – the Bucks’ backcourt logjam is now even more complicated. Khris Middleton, assuming he re-signs, figures to start alongside Michael Carter-Williams, but after that it’s a bit of a mess. O.J. Mayo, long-lost Damien Inglis and Vaughn will compete for minutes at the 2, while Vasquez, Jerryd Bayless and Tyler Ennis will all be in competition for playing time at point guard. Bayless and Vasquez have both played off the ball in the past as well. As things stand, it would not be a surprise if Milwaukee makes a move or two this offseason to clear things up.

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    • Draftexpress pitched him as being able to guard 2 through 4 and at 6’8″ & 240 I think its more likely he joins the Giannis, Middleton, Jabari, Dudley in the positionless glut between the 1 and the 5 than competing specifically for backcourt minutes.

    • To be fair, it will at least 4 years before we even know the Todd Day comparison.. a kids is 18 and we’ll see if coaching and having a bunch of young talent around him helps.. Middleton should be a terrific influence. The scariest part for me is his knees, and his long term health

  1. I didn’t mind this pick whatsoever; hopefully, he develops into an outstanding shooter who can also play very reliable defense (3 & D)… the icing on the cake would be if he develops into a true offensive creator too (aka All-Star).

  2. The key to me is adding another shooter, which is a scarcity with the Bucks. If Vaughn can knock down threes, plus create his own shot off the dribble, then this could be good. I wonder if Vaughn is a better defender than other prospective shooters such as Anderson or Hunter are likely to be.

    I don’t know much about meniscus tears, how serious they are compared to, say, what Jabari suffered last year. Perhaps Vaughn is a bargain if the injury concerns don’t derail his career. In the middle of the first round, this might be a good risk/reward selection.