The Bucks only had a 1.1 percent chance at the number-one pick when they went into the draft lottery, so it's no surprise they're in the ten spot. Even with their atrocious offense, the Bucks were only two games away from making the playoffs for a second consecutive year thanks to Coach Scott Skiles' defensive priorities. Assuming Skiles doesn't burn the team out, like he did in Chicago and Phoenix, the Bucks will be one of the league's best defensive teams again in 2012 (or whenever the next season actually happens).
Picking at number ten may turn out to be a no man's land since this draft has been compared to the 2000 draft, which gave us Kenyon Martin as the first overall pick. Ouch. With Skiles' ability to turn seemingly anyone into a passable NBA defender, however, the Bucks can focus on their biggest need: scoring.
A pure scorer who would create a major buzz throughout both the city and the league is Jimmer Fredette. The Bucks, however, are looking to keep Brandon Jennings at the point and Fredette doesn't seem to want to play behind Jennings. Fredette went so far as to refuse to work out for the Bucks in the weeks preceding the draft. That's too bad considering the almost comical amount of shots that a small-ball back court of Jennings and Fredette would be putting up. The Bucks have also proven they have a very good marketing team and they would have a field day with "Jimmertime" and "Jimmermania." Fredette might be the only player in this draft who will immediately increase attendance in any of the handful of places he's projected to go; if Milwaukee were added to that mix, they would see a similar attendance jump.
Without Fredette, other guard options for the Bucks are Klay Thompson and Alec Burks. I didn't see Burks much at Colorado, but scoring over 20 ppg is certainly eye opening and his athleticism could leave him with solid minutes alongside Jennings when Salmons is resting. Thompson, on the other hand, is almost as dead-eye from three as Fredette …Read more...