2014 NBA Mock Draft: Predicting the Milwaukee Bucks’ Picks
Round 1, No. 2 Overall - Andrew Wiggins, SG, Kansas
For the Milwaukee Bucks, the second overall pick in the 2014 NBA Draft is a seminal moment. The franchise has fallen on hard times in past seasons culminating in a NBA-low 15 wins this season. Unfortunately for the Bucks, having the best odds in the lottery did not earn them the first pick, a distinction that went to the Cleveland Cavaliers for the third time in the past four seasons. However, despite that bad fortune, Milwaukee happens to have the second pick in a draft containing at least three players who are worthy of the first overall pick.
Many expect Cleveland to take Kansas big man Joel Embiid with the first pick, which would leave Milwaukee with their choice of Andrew Wiggins, a shooting guard out of Kansas, or Jabari Parker, a forward out of Duke. While Parker might be more of a four and could probably play alongside Giannis Antetokounmpo in the Bucks’ frontcourt, Milwaukee is in dire need of a sweet-shooting wing man, especially with the failed OJ Mayo experiment.
Wiggins may be the best player in this draft class when all is said and done and few, if any, prospects have his ability to dominate on both sides of the court. Parker’s defense is still a work in progress, whereas Wiggins is the premier perimeter defender in this class. When you’re talking about two prospects as polished as these young men, sometimes splitting hairs is what makes the difference.
Round 2, 31st Overall- Jarnell Stokes, PF, Tennessee
The Bucks have quite a few long and lanky players in their frontcourt, but they’re lacking the prototypical bruising power forward who can out-muscle opposing fours and fives. Stokes’ stock skyrocketed after his performance for Tennessee in the NCAA Tournament, as he dominated opponents on the blocks. While Stokes isn’t a shot-blocking presence, he’s a very capable scorer and rebounder, which would certainly be worth the pick in the second round.
By picking Stokes, it could allow Milwaukee to explore deals for Ersan Ilyasova and his contract, although the contract will certainly make Ilyasova difficult to move. Either way, Stokes would add a skill set to the Bucks that they’re currently lacking.
2nd Round, 48th Overall- Thanasis Antetokounmpo, SF, Greece
If the last name looks familiar, it’s because Thanasis is Giannis’ younger brother. While the Bucks equipment manager wouldn’t be too happy about having to stitch Antetokounmpo on more jerseys than he currently has to, adding Thanasis to the fold in the second round seems to make a good deal of sense. Not only would it provide another level of comfort in Milwaukee for Giannis, but Thanasis is no slouch on the court himself.
While Thanasis isn’t as big and rangy as his older brother, he’s still a defensive freak capable of guarding multiple positions. He struggles mightily on the offensive end, although he possesses a workable outside shot. This will likely keep him out of the first round, but he’s a very intriguing prospect nonetheless who could definitely make the Milwaukee roster.