Can Julius Randle Fix Milwaukee Bucks?
The Milwaukee Bucks are in the midst of another losing streak, trying hard to lock up the worst record in the league. Meanwhile, there is a tournament happening that features potential NBA lottery picks. Most of the big names (Jabari Parker, Andrew Wiggins and Joel Embiid) are already finished, but Kentucky Wildcats star Julius Randle is still there.
While most of the blue chippers fizzled (or injured in Embiid’s case), Randle has provided consistent rebounding and scoring, providing a backbone for a team filled with youth and inexperience. Randle is an expected lottery prize, but not projected in the top five. Is this changing and should the Bucks consider drafting him?
I believe Randle is moving into the top five pick discussion right around number 5, and rightfully so. Power forwards who can score and rebound will always have a place in the NBA. However, I still do not see Randle as a fit for Milwaukee. The Bucks need more offense and already have a youthful frontcourt with Larry Sanders and John Henson to build around. Drafting Randle would add another body fighting for playing time.
Of course, if for some reason the Bucks slide past the first three picks, then Randle deserves a strong look as he may be the best available. The NBA draft is a place to take the best available and not for teams to shop for needs, and having too many young frontcourt threats is a good problem to have.
David is a NBA writer for Rant Sports. Follow David S. Grant on Twitter @david_s_grant