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Are Milwaukee Bucks Closing in on Drafting Kentavious Caldwell-Pope?

Are Milwaukee Bucks Closing in on Drafting Kentavious Caldwell-Pope

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It is no secret that the Milwaukee Bucks are interested in selecting a shooting guard with the 15th overall pick in the 2013 NBA Draft. It is also no secret that the Bucks have their eyes on drafting Georgia Bulldogs guard Kentavious Caldwell-Pope.

There are several teams in front of Milwaukee that want to draft a shooting guard, which means there is a good chance Caldwell-Pope will be taken off the board by the time the 15th overall draft pick comes along. However, if he is still available then it will not take the Bucks very long to make their official selection.

Many fans may question why Milwaukee is considering a shooting guard in the first round when there is a clear need for a legitimate small forward. Ersan Ilyasova plays the position well, but the Bucks could certainly use someone more athletic to play small forward. Not to mention, someone who can average more than 13 points per game.

The reason Milwaukee is zeroing in on a shooting guard is because the future of Monta Ellis, J.J. Redick and even point guard Brandon Jennings with the organization is a bit hazy. If the Bucks are not able to bring back at least two of these guys, drafting a guard in the first round is certainly a good call.

Milwaukee has had their eyes on Caldwell-Pope during his past season with Georgia. They like the way he plays the game and they believe he would be a tremendous asset to the organization.

“(The Bucks) were my first interview,” Caldwell-Pope said, according to the Journal Times. “I was kind of nervous, but we had a couple of good laughs and I started to get more comfortable.

“We had a really good talk.”

The Bucks will get a closer look at the 20-year-old on Saturday when he, and other players, will have a pre-draft workout.