While the Milwaukee Bucks continue to battle for last, college basketball March Madness is here. For the Bucks that means scouting potential lottery picks and second round selections. One expected lottery prize, Kansas’ Andrew Wiggins, will be under increased scrutiny first due to his high profile draft status, and secondly because he will be playing without his trusted center Joel Embiid.
Recently diagnosed with a back stress fracture, Embiid is planned to miss the both the Big 12 conference tourney and at least the first round of the big dance. In his absence, Wiggins will be expected to carry the team and provide leadership throughout the tournaments. How well does Wiggins include his teammates? This is an important attribute when contemplating how he might gel with the current Bucks youth movement.
So far his late-season stats are proving he is up for the task, averaging 17 points and six rebounds per game. Wiggins’ defining conference game was his 41-point, eight-rebound performance against West Virginia. How many dominating games can he give during the tournament? This question must be answered if he is going to be the No. 1 pick in the 2014 NBA Draft.
With Embiid now a major draft risk, Wiggins may have moved back to the top of the list where the Bucks may very well be selecting. Milwaukee must ensure they get a player comfortable with leading a team as much as contributing. Wiggins’ chance to show the Bucks and the NBA is now.
David is a NBA writer for Rant Sports. Follow David S. Grant on Twitter @david_s_grant