It is no secret that the Milwaukee Bucks desperately need help in their backcourt, especially if guards Brandon Jennings and J.J. Redick plan to follow Monta Ellis out the door. For that reason, most fans would like to see Bucks general manager John Hammond select a shooting guard with the 15th overall pick in the 2013 NBA Draft. However, Hammond has a different plan that involves taking the best player available.
“If you say we’re drafting for a need, obviously the backcourt is more of a need than the front line, especially at the four and five positions,” Hammond told NBA.com. “But once again, I think probably the safest route in approaching the draft is to go best player on the board first. And if that also fills a need, so be it.”
“You say, ‘best player first,’ and if it fills a need, you feel even more satisfied in the process,” Hammond said. “But first and foremost, you probably look and say best player. I think it’s probably very disconcerting to say that you have to fill a need in the draft, especially with the 15th pick.”
It does not matter how anyone spins in, the Bucks do have a need that must be filled with the 15th pick. Even though Hammond’s point is that the 2013 draft has one of the weaker classes the NBA has seen in quite some time, Milwaukee still has to make the best of a bad situation.
Two players in particular that could still be available when it is the Bucks’ turn to make their selection are Kentavious Caldwell-Pope and Shabazz Muhammad. Milwaukee has their eyes dead set on Caldwell-Pope, and I think everyone can agree that he is the man the Bucks need. However, even though Muhammad is more of a small forward, he can still light up the scoreboard, which is something Milwaukee desperately needs from any position.
Drafting the best player available is a good strategy when there is a weak draft class. With that being said, the Bucks have found themselves in a situation in which they must draft backcourt or someone that can transition to a shooting guard.