The NBA Draft is tonight at 6pm CST, the Bucks currently hold the 17th pick, so we had our staff get together and make some predictions.
Alexander Juneau: I believe the Bucks will pick Kevin Huerter from Maryland at 17. He has been a late riser in the draft process as he continues to shoot lights out in all settings. Showing an ability to not only catch and shoot, but to shoot off movement and screens. I think he could start at SG for the Bucks tomorrow and and add wrinkles to the offense the Bucks have not had in quite some time. He can do a lot of things for his role too, showing some nice vision, passing, and ability to defend. His athleticism won’t wow you, but the rest of his game might.
Reid Mueller: I suspect the Bucks to continue to take the player they see as an above average talent. Not who the consensus pick is. I want to see them swing for the fences. Personally I would love to see them pick Mitchell Robinson, as Thon Maker insurance. It is not easy to find big men with that sort of upside. The Kings rolled the dice on Harry Giles at 20 last year, I think it makes sense to roll the dice on a big man at this stage of the draft.
Jed Lyneis: With the 17th pick the Milwaukee Bucks select: well hopefully not DJ Wilson again. Jon Horst’s first ever draft with very little preparations did not live up to expectations. With a year of experience under his belt and now an unlimited amount of time to prepare for the draft, he can redeem himself this year. The Bucks are known for drafting project players in the first round and it will be no surprise when they do that again this year. I think it is very hard for the Bucks to screw up another pick like DJ Wilson. Can you tell how much I love drafting DJ Wilson? Anyway, I firmly believe if the Bucks keep their pick here at 17 they will select C Mitchell Robinson. An extreme athlete with superior length, he can crash the boards and space the floor well enough to make an impact every game. He took a hiatus from the game, but during that time he only trained for the NBA. If he adds some muscle to his frame, this could be a very solid pick for Jon Horst.
Julz Esquivias: The Bucks have gone for the homerun swing in their past 3 drafts and only have sometimes-Playoff-Thon to show for it. Given the limited cap space this team has, the Bucks are under tremendous pressure to find an immediate contributor with their lone draft pick. With that said, the Bucks can do much worse than drafting Donte DiVincenzo, the Most Outstanding Player in the 2018 NCAA Final Four. DiVincenzo has shot up the draft boards after his stellar performance at the Combine racking up a monster stat-line with 17 points 13 rebounds and 6 steals in front of NBA GMs and scouts. His quick-release, smooth shooting stroke and his impressive athleticism (42-inch max vertical), makes him an ideal complement to the Bucks’ Giannis-centric core.