1. Parker, Wiggins or Embiid? (Assuming Milwaukee wins the lottery)
The Bucks will face a franchise defining decision this June when deciding which player to take with, I'm assuming will be, the 1st pick in the NBA Draft. While all three players have their pros and cons, as of now, I would prefer the Bucks draft Jabari Parker. Parker is easily the most NBA ready of the three and in a market like Milwaukee, this is important. The reality of the situation is if any of these players are stars, they will probably want to leave Milwaukee. In my opinion, you can't wait for Andrew Wiggins or Joel Embiid to develop 2-3 years if there's a strong chance they will leave after their first or second deal anyways. While Jabari's defense needs work, I think he is dedicated, smart and athletic enough to to improve fairly quickly.
On the other hand, Andrew Wiggins is an NBA ready defender, but is very limited offensively. The Bucks need a scorer, a game changer and Wiggins just isn't that guy yet. Joel Embiid has the most potential of the three considering he has only played basketball for a few years and showed a tremendous amount of growth over the course of the season. However, I think they Bucks need to bring in a wing player, a position they haven't been strong at for a long time. I would be open to drafting Embiid if they could get some value for Larry Sanders, but I doubt that is feasible. For these reasons, I hope Milwaukee selects Jabari Parker with the first pick in the NBA Draft.
2. Keep or Launch John Hammond?
I hope this isn't much of a decision for the new owners. Firing Hammond and starting fresh has been long overdue. While it appears he has hit on a few recent draft picks like John Henson and Giannis Antetokounmpo, his long list of mistakes should cover up the few and far between good moves. Of the four questions I'm posing in this post, this is the easiest decision for me. Time to move on, Hammond's time in Milwaukee should be finished.
3. Keep or Launch Larry Drew?
I would understand a decision either way regarding Bucks coach Larry Drew. I think he deserves another year with hopefully some competent talent, new ownership and a new front office, but I would completely understand if the new ownership decides to clean house. While this roster wasn't packed with talent, I think everyone would agree there was more than 15 wins worth of talent on the squad. With that being said, I think the roster moves are far more important and I think Drew should get one more year with the Bucks.
4. How to Clear The Log Jam of Small Forwards, Power Forwards and Centers on the roster?
As of now, the Bucks have Giannis, Khris Middleton, Carlos Delfino, Ersan Ilyasova, John Henson, Chris Wright, Zaza Pachulia, Ekpe Udoh and Larry Sanders to fill small forward, power forward and center. On top of all this, they will add either a small forward or center in the draft. The top priority should be trying to move a combination of these players to acquire a shooting guard. These would fill a need while clearing up space of the draft pick as strengthening the roster overall. If they draft Parker, I'm not sure what they should do at the Power Forward and Center spots. Will they stick with Larry and Ersan? Or will they move Ersan and allow Henson to play? Where will Giannis play? I have no idea how they will sort all of this out or what they could get for trading some of these guys, but they need to develop a plan instead of stockpiling a bunch of similar players.
Another idea I have thought of is if the Bucks possible have enough pieces to get a late lottery pick this year as well. I know this is probably unrealistic and is a long shot, but if they traded a few of these guys and somehow could end up with a pick around 10-12, I think they could add another huge impact player. Two guys I really like that could play shooting guard are Gary Harris and Nik Stauskas. This is very unlikely, but something to think about.
This is a huge offseason for the Bucks. They can begin to construct a roster that could potentially be a annual playoff team down the road. I hope I'm wrong, but I am not so optimistic considering the franchise history. With new owners, maybe this is truly a new era for the Bucks. This offseason will go a long way in determining if this is true. Maybe one day teams will actually #FearTheDeer.
Please comment and provide feedback on these questions, I'd love to hear what Bucks fans think!