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. One of those projected prizes is Kentucky power forward Julius Randle.
Entering this season, Randle was a top prospect and as a freshman he is averaging 16 points and 10 rebounds a game. This, despite the constant double-teams he faces each time he steps onto the court. However, there are concerns with Randle. He will need to improve his offense in order to dominate in the NBA as he has at the college level. On the defensive side, Randle has not been impactful, averaging less than a steal and block a game. Add in his high turnover rate (3.1 a game) and you start to question whether he is a sure thing or potential bust.
There is also the issue of the Bucks’ current frontcourt youth movement already anchored by Larry Sanders, John Henson and Ersan Ilyasova. There are already one too many cooks in the kitchen and adding another will require a trade. Given his size (6-foot-8) some team leaders may also try to use Randle as a small forward, meaning for the Bucks they would have to move fan favorite Giannis Antetokounmpo which would not sit well with the current fa base.
Bottom line: The Bucks are expected to have at least a top four pick in the June draft. Unless they trade down they should steer clear of Randle. This is a team already with a young frontcourt that plays defense. There’s no reason to mess with the existing chemistry by bringing in a suspect defender.
David is a NBA writer for Rant Sports. Follow David S. Grant on Twitter @david_s_grant