The Milwaukee Bucks are expected to finish dead last this season. With this sad feat comes a 25 percent chance of winning the draft lottery and selecting first. In 2005, Milwaukee won the draft lottery and selected Australian center Andrew Bogut. This year’s top draft choices expect to be future stars and top prizes for teams that are tanking. In an effort to learn from mistakes, let’s take a look back at the Bogut selection and grade based on what we know today.
For his rookie season, Bogut finished third in rookie of the year voting. In 2007-08, Bogut started to show his true potential, averaging 14.3 points, 9.8 rebounds and 1.7 blocks per game. Then in 2009-10, Bogut was in the midst of a breakout season, averaging 15.9 points, 10.3 rebounds and 2.6 blocks when he suffered a major injury to his right elbow. The Bucks would still make the playoffs, but without Bogut they were eliminated in seven games by the Atlanta Hawks. After the elbow injury everything just seemed to lose momentum. It wouldn’t be long before the Bucks could no longer wait for Bogut to become healthy and needed a change.
The 2005 Draft Top Five Selections: 1. Andrew Bogut 2. Marvin Williams 3. Deron Williams 4. Chris Paul 5. Raymond Felton
Chris Paul at No. 4 really jumps out. Paul ended up the prize of the draft while Bogut was a solid No. 1 versus Marvin Williams at No. 4. Chris Paul has gone on to average career numbers of 18.6 points, 9.9 assists, 2.4 steals and over 4.0 rebounds a game, and he’s done all of this while running the point guard position and shooting over 47 percent.
In 2005 Andrew Bogut was the right choice, and if injuries had not been a constant during his time in Milwaukee the Bucks may have cracked the top four in the East. Looking back on the draft, perennial All-Star Chris Paul was the best player and would go first if the Bucks had to do it all over again.
David is a NBA writer for Rant Sports. Follow David S. Grant on Twitter @david_s_grant