The Milwaukee Bucks‘ season will end soon, and they will be left with a lottery pick along with a high second-round pick. The 2014 NBA Draft promises to be a loaded class and potential talent may still be available in the second round. Kansas Jayhawks‘ Perry Ellis is one of those players.
With blue chippers Joel Embiid and Andrew Wiggins on the Kansas team, Ellis, the third wheel, is often overlooked as a prospect. At 6-foot-8, Ellis can play either forward position, projecting more as a small forward at the NBA level. Ellis creates space and is very effective near the rim. He can also knock down a jumper and shoots above average free throws. All of these skills would fit the Bucks’ need for future depth at the forward position.
If the Bucks pursue a player like Ellis they must plan for a couple years of development, either coming off the bench or in the D-League. Despite a promising skill-set, Ellis still has a long way to go to find consistency and play effective NBA level defense.
Bottom line: It’s possible Ellis may not even enter the draft and focus on becoming a lottery pick in 2015. If he does stay, the Bucks will definitely need to take a look at him in the second round and ensure they haven’t missed something while ogling Embiid and Wiggins. That analysis should start now. With Embiid out for the start of the tournament, Kansas is going to rely on Ellis’ to be the No. 2 option and frontcourt leader.
David is a NBA writer for Rant Sports. Follow David S. Grant on Twitter @david_s_grant