By Michael Terrill @MichaelTerrill on April 30, 2014
After finishing the 2013-14 NBA season with a league-worst 15-67 record, the Milwaukee Bucks are destined for the No. 1 overall pick in the 2014 NBA Draft. Even if the lottery doesn’t fall in their favor, they will still have a realistic shot at one of the five players on this list. Considering Milwaukee was by far the worst team in the league, they are better off picking the best player available when it’s their turn on the clock.
Dante Exum is a scoring point guard, which is definitely something Milwaukee could use. His overall athleticism, tremendous upside, and ability to move up and down the court with incredible speed makes him very desirable. It’s hard to imagine the Bucks would draft a point guard in the first round, especially when there is so much talent at other positions in the draft. However, Exum has the potential to be a difference maker at a key position.
Julius Randle is a force on the glass, a big-time defender and an offensive machine. The Bucks need someone who can consistently finish around the basket, which is exactly what Randle does. He may not have an immediate impact or have the same upside as some of the players on this list, but he has the look of a player who could be a very special talent at the professional level.
Andrew Wiggins is unbelievably athletic and has the most potential of any player in the draft. The reason why he falls to No. 3 on this list is because of his inconsistency during his freshman year at Kansas. He failed to shine when it mattered most, which is a big concern for many general managers. The fact that it wouldn’t take much for him to become an exceptional shooter and defender is what makes him a likely No. 1 overall pick.
Jabari Parker doesn’t appear to have the same upside as some of the players on this list, but his ability to put up points in a hurry is very well liked. He has an outstanding jump shot and an all-around offensive game that has the potential to shred defenses. He’s the type of player who will bring immediate success to Milwaukee.
Joel Embiid has a very high ceiling, and he can score multiple different ways. The Bucks need athletic big men who can be a legitimate offensive threat around the basket, which is something Larry Sanders proved that he couldn’t do last season. Whether it’s scoring from mid-range, taking it to the basket head on or scoring points in the post, Embiid will make Milwaukee’s offense versatile.
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