The Milwaukee Bucks had 0 picks in the 2019 NBA Draft but that doesn’t mean they didn’t acquire any rookies. Below is a list and breakdown of the undrafted rookies the Bucks signed to their Summer League team. The Summer League season is set to start in Las Vegas on July 5th.
Fletcher Magee may be the rookie signing Bucks fans are most excited about. Magee is a 6’4” 200 pound, 22-year-old shooting guard who played 4 years at Wofford. For his college career he averaged 18.8 points per game but that’s not the best part. Magee has the NCAA Division 1 record for 3-pointers made in a career. He did this while shooting 43.5% from beyond the arc. He has a very quick release with excellent elevation on his jump shot which will allow him to get his shot off at the next level. He can score off the dribble, off screens, and has a solid ability to finish around the rim. Magee plays with passion and leaves everything he has on the floor. The only issues with Magee is the fact he is undersized at the 2 guard position and does not have the athleticism necessary to guard opposing players. His size and defensive limitations is what caused him to go undrafted. With all that said, out of all the summer league rookie invitees, Magee has the best chance to play for the Bucks this season in a poor man’s J.J. Redick type of role.
Luke Maye played 4 years at the prestigious University of North Carolina. He started for 2 of those seasons. In 2 seasons as a starter, Maye averaged 15.9 points per game while shooting 46% from the field and 36% from three. He also added 10.3 rebounds per game and 2.4 assists. Luke Maye was putting up numbers on par with North Carolina legend, Tyler Hansbrough. His numbers in his senior season were good enough to give him a PER of 19.2 which was higher than Cam Reddish, who was a lottery pick in the 2019 draft. With the Tar Heels, he won a NCAA championship (because of his last second game winner versus Kentucky) and made the All-ACC team twice. Maye, 22-years-old, comes into summer league listed as a 6’8” 240 pound power forward. He is an undersized forward with limited explosiveness and athleticism. However, he has a great understanding of the game. He is one of those players who always finds himself in the right position whether it be for a rebound, put back, or jump shot. He plays with immense heart and hustle which will bode well for him during summer league competition. Don’t be surprised to see Luke Maye turn into a double-double machine and earn a 2-way contract with the Bucks and play well with Oshkosh.
Daulton Hommes is the most intriguing prospect that’s going to be playing for Milwaukee’s summer league team. He is a 6’8” 215 pound athletic forward/shooting guard who averaged 21.9 points per game while shooting 53% from the field and 47% from three in his last college season. He shot that good from deep on over 200 attempts and well beyond NBA range. On paper these stats seem all well and good but, Hommes played Division II basketball so his competition isn’t the best indicator of how good he really is. However, he was the DII Player of the Year. The strengths of Hommes is that he is workout partners with former All-Star, Gordon Hayward, who raves about the young player and the fact that he is an athletic wing who can be a terrific spot up shooter. His size also makes him interesting, considering he can play shooting guard, small forward, or power forward depending on the matchup. Hommes does have some glaring weaknesses though, he is a poor ball handler who also struggles to pass the ball successfully. In fact, his facilitating abilities are almost non-existent. If you are a Bucks fan, you should be cheering for Hommes to succeed, a small town, Division II prospect, with NBA dreams is someone everyone can get behind.
The last Summer League rookie I’m going to talk about is 6’5” 209 pound 21-year-old, Rayjon Tucker out of Little Rock. Even though Little Rock isn’t the most exciting school, it should be noted that Tucker generated interest from schools like North Carolina and Kansas throughout his collegiate career. Last season, Tucker averaged 20.3 points per game while shooting 49% from the field and 41% from three and grabbing almost 7 rebounds per game. The 7 rebounds is actually a very impressive number for a 6’5” shooting guard. When it comes to Tucker’s strengths, he is incredibly athletic, like, he’s a freak when it comes to athleticism. Rayjon Tucker is always a threat to perform a highlight play when he’s on the court. Tucker is also a solid defender with NBA 3 and D player potential but he needs to become more consistent on defense. Tucker also needs to improve his passing abilities if he wants to be an NBA role player. With Rayjon Tucker, the potential is there, it’s just a matter of if he can put it all together.
I’ll be honest, I don’t usually watch Summer League games, but this year the Bucks have a very interesting squad with the new rookies. So, you better believe I’ll be watching every game.