Milwaukee Bucks | Last Season: 31-35 (9th in Eastern Conference) | Draft Picks: 12, 42
Season Summary: The Bucks threatened for a playoff spot last season, but simply came up short in that pursuit. They moved Andrew Bogut for Monta Ellis, which gives the Bucks a good backcourt. He showed his typical scoring prowess but the Bucks could not stop anything. For a Scott Skiles team, that is incredibly surprising. Skiles might be on his last legs as the coach, which would not be surprising at all.
Draft Needs: After trading away their only true center, the Bucks are going to be looking for more size. This pick has Myers Leonard all over it if he is available.
#14 Pick: John Henson | PF | North Carolina
The defensive player of the year in the ACC, John Henson, led the conference in rebounding and blocked shots. He finished with 279 blocks in 109 games (2.56 bpg), making Henson UNC’s all-time leader. Offensively, his game needs work but that won’t keep him from getting on the court. His defensive skills are his strengths, but he’s capable of improving his perimeter shooting and becoming a solid all-around NBA player.
2012-2013 Outlook: If everything jells right, the Bucks could be a playoff team. They could also tune Skiles out and have a horrid season. There are trade rumors around Brandon Jennings and who knows how that will affect him. It will be an interesting situation to watch, if nothing else.
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