The Milwaukee Bucks are in full tank mode and may end with the worst record in the league. This year’s top draft choices expect to be future stars and top prizes for teams that are tanking.
Syracuse point guard, Tyler Ennis, is one of the top players and plays a key position for a young, rebuilding team like the Bucks. After Brandon Jennings and now Brandon Knight filling the point role, would it be wise for Milwaukee to select a point guard so high in the draft? It has taken some time, but Ennis has climbed into the elite NBA draft class for 2014.
Only a freshman, Ennis already commands the floor and directs the offense at a NBA level. The teenager can score and leads the ACC in both steals and assists (while averaging under two turnovers a game), but what is truly drawing attention is his smooth style of play. Ennis refuses to get rattled and already knows how to run a team.
Ennis is still learning and isn’t as athletic as Andrew Wiggins, but he is quicker than you think and makes opponents miss more often than not. His ceiling looks to be consistent All-Star, not the next LeBron James, but if the Bucks were guaranteed the next Kyrie Irving I bet they’d jump (and should) at the chance. At the start of the season Ennis was regarded a first rounder who has since moved into the lottery discussion. With a strong tournament showing it’s possible he’s near the top by the time the draft rolls around.
The bottom line is if the Bucks’ brass determines Ennis is a long-term point guard solution, they need to consider selecting him. No current player should be considered unmovable for a lottery pick (except maybe Giannis Antetokounmpo) and that includes Brandon Knight.
David is a NBA writer for Rant Sports. Follow David S. Grant on Twitter @david_s_grant