With the 17th pick in the 2017 NBA draft, the Milwaukee Bucks took D.J. Wilson from the University of Michigan.
This pick was a pleasant surprise for Bucks fans, as most of us thought they’d lean towards taking another center. D.J. Wilson fits in perfectly with the Milwaukee Bucks DNA and what they are trying to accomplish for the future.
Wilson stands at 6’10” with a freakishly long 7’3″ wingspan. Milwaukee just keeps adding more length to the already ridiculous length they have on the roster.
In college, he played to the tune of 11 points, 5.3 rebounds, 1.3 assists and 1.5 blocks per game. Wilson also shot 57% from the field and a tremendous 83% from the free throw line, while also sinking 37% of his three pointers. He made his mark however in the 2017 NCAA Tournament with the Michigan Wolverines. His ability to perform in the clutch is a huge added bonus to this Bucks team.
He helped Michigan advance to the Sweet Sixteen, where they suffered a heart breaking 69-68 defeat to the Oregon Ducks. D.J. averaged 16 points per game, 4.3 rebounds, 1 steal and 3 blocks over the course of the 2017 NCAA Tournament. Without his contributions, it’s hard to see Michigan make a run in the tournament without him.
The big knock on his game is rebounding. While he does possess freakish length and athleticism, I believe the Bucks can disguise his rebounding weakness. The Bucks will likely play him at multiple positions throughout the course of the season. Watching him in the Las Vegas Summer League will be a treat.
D.J. Wilson did not workout for the Milwaukee Bucks, but he did not need too. The Bucks were certainly intrigued by his positional versatility to go along with his 7-foot-3 wingspan after watching him workout for his agency. Wilson plays solid defense, and his ability to block shots is certainly another welcome addition to an already ridiculously long Milwaukee Bucks squad.
This was Milwaukee Bucks new GM Jon Horst’s first key decision as general manager, and I believe he hit a home run. Picking at 17 is a very difficult spot, but the Bucks got their man. It will be interesting to see how he fits into head coach Jason Kidd’s rotations, but I fully expect Kidd to throw D.J. Wilson into the fire right away and give him minutes. This pick could provide some serious value to the Milwaukee Bucks.
Welcome to Milwaukee, D.J. Wilson!