Size matters for Milwaukee Bucks
On Tuesday, the Milwaukee Bucks professed a desire to make a pick at the No. 12 spot in tonight's NBA Draft, happy to decide between the handful of players they project to be there when the pick rolls around.
"We've done this over the last couple, three years – we've made a major trade at the draft and to honest with you we're hoping not to do something like that," Bucks general manager John Hammond said two days ago. "Whatever we can do to improve our team we're going to do, we have to do, (but) we've got some pieces we think we can move forward with. We like our team."
Hammond felt he could improve the team on Wednesday when Yahoo! Sports reported that the Bucks dealt its No. 12 pick and reserves Jon Leuer, Jon Brockman and Shaun Livingston to Houston for the No. 14 pick and 6-foot, 11-inch backup center Samuel Dalembert.
Dalembert will be entering his 11th season and averaged 7.5 points and 7 rebounds per game last year in Houston, but has a $1.5 million buyout, so it's possible the Bucks will just waive his rights.
Trades began piling up league wide in the days prior to the draft, and the Bucks brain trust spent last weekend mulling over all scenarios and contingencies in preparation for any changes to the board in the spots ahead of them. And there could be many changes, depending on how teams feel about their salary cap situation, or their proximity to a championship.
Teams like New Orleans (Nos. 1 and 10) Portland (6, 11), Cleveland (4, 24), Golden State (7, 30) and Boston (21, 22) have two first round picks to play with. The Rockets have three selections (12, 16 and 18).
Who's to say the big men in Los Angeles (the Lakers' Andrew Bynum), Orlando (Dwight Howard) or New Jersey (Brook Lopez) won't be dealt in package deals? What if Sacramento decides to part ways with 2009-10 Rookie of the Year Tyreke Evans, a legitimate scoring guard?
The top and bottom halves of the draft could change considerably in a matter of minutes, which could portend good things for the Bucks with players becoming available – even if they aren't involved in any other trades.
The Bucks moved down for a reason, but may yet be hoping some moves above them are made. In recent history, the No. 14 pick has been nothing short of underwhelming and in all likelihood; the team won't find a player that can make an impact at that spot.
Here is a list of the last 22 players chosen at the No. 14 spot:
1990 – Travis Mays, Sacramento
1991 – Rich King, Seattle
1992 – Malik Sealy, Indiana
1993 – Scott Haskin, Indiana
1994 – Yinka Dare, New Jersey
1995 – Eric Williams, Boston
1996 - Peja Stojakovic, Sacramento*
1997 – Maurice Taylor, Los Angeles Clippers
1998 – Michael Dickerson, Houston
1999 - William Avery, Minnesota
2000 – Mateen Cleaves, Detroit
2001 - Troy Murphy, Golden State
2002 – Fred Jones, Indiana
2003 – Luke Ridnour, Seattle
2004 – Kris Humphries, Utah
2005 - Rashad McCants, Minnesota
2006 – Ronnie Brewer, Utah
2007 – Al Thornton, Los Angeles Clippers
2008 – Anthony Randolph, Golden State
2009 – Earl Clark, Phoenix
2010 – Patrick Patterson, Houston
2011 – Marcus Morris
That's not a good history, much like that of the 12th pick which boasted the likes of Harold Miner, Cherokee Parks and Melvin Ely.
Hope at finding a quality player at 14 seems to center around, well, some centers.
This draft is particularly deep at that position beginning with Connecticut seven-footer Andre Drummond. Then comes Illinois sophomore Meyers Leonard (7-1), North Carolina senior Tyler Zeller (7-1), Syracuse sophomore Fab Melo (7-0), Duke senior Miles Plumlee (7-1) and Vanderbilt senior Festus Ezeli (7-0).
Then there is the crop of players at 6-10 and 6-11 who may be available at No. 12, including Baylor's Perry Jones, Mississippi State's Arnett Moultrie, North Carolina's John Henson and Kentucky's Terrence Jones.
Not all of those players are considered lottery picks, but most are considered first round talent and could come in to play should a lot of movement occur.
"We will have some selections there in terms of players that we'd be happy to come away with," Bucks director of scouting Billy McKinney said. "It really has been (tough to narrow down) because we go through the different scenarios and we think this guy's going to be here, no he's not going to go there, we hear this guy is going there. When it comes down to draft day, we'll know."
Despite continually professing a desire to add size since the season ended – a sentiment echoed by head coach Scott Skiles and players under contract – Hammond insisted earlier this week that if a great, smaller player falls – they will be ready to take him.
"Right now, there's the assumption that we're kind of looking into basically a narrow-minded set up of we have to go big," Hammond said.
"There's a need there so obviously that is going to be a discussion and it's going to be somewhat of a priority for us, but at the end of the day I think the old saying that when you walk into a draft you're saying the most important thing is you're drafting talent. I think at the end of the day, when we look at 12, it's going to be who is the best player on the board and we're not going to just be as narrow saying we have to go to a certain position."
Bogut was far from 7 feet tall when he was sitting on the bench for as many games as he did.
I was annoyed when our NBA Bucks coach traded their number one player., Andrew Bogut. A player who with team members managed to win,win,win. Bogut and Jennings were like two peas in a pod, they complimented each other. Bogut is seven feet tall and was an incredible player who brought us to many wins and victories. They chose him because of height and when he gets hurt jumping for a block and lands on another player, naturally all that weight landing with him , he gets hurt and our coach trades him because he's on the injured list and earned to much money. YEAH, DUH, he was winning games, he should get paid accordingly. So now with the draft Stiles picks another player because of height. RIDICULOUS!! Stiles needs to get Bogut back through a trade or something and bring this team back together. He broke Bogut's contract, NBA should be breaking his and replace him with a coach who gets it.
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