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.
Bucks take Rashad Vaughn w/ the 17th pick. His knees would worry me if I was Milwaukee. 2 meniscus surgeries already. pic.twitter.com/YO7cB7jZOk
— Jeff Stotts (@RotowireATC) June 26, 2015
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.
John Hammond on Rashad Vaughn: “We looked at him as the best player on the board for us in particular because of his ability to shoot."
— Andrew Gruman (@AndrewGruman) June 26, 2015
Rashad Vaughn: “I didn’t know. I had no idea. I just know I came in there, had a great workout.” #Bucks
— Matt Trebby (@trebby) June 26, 2015
— Milwaukee Bucks (@Bucks) June 26, 2015
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.