With the 31st pick in the 2014 NBA Draft, the Milwaukee Bucks selected Frenchman Damien Inglis, soon-to-be recipient of Boris Diaw comparisons and member of the Pro A French Guiana Roanne team.
In addition to being born a year before I attended the 1996 Summer Olympics in Atlanta, Inglis' was hatched, destined to be a tweener forward, similar in size to some dude named Jabari Parker. The 19-year-old Inglis stands at 6'8", 241 lbs, and actually registered the fourth longest wingspan (7'3") of all players in the draft.
Averaging around 4 points and 4 rebounds in 15 minutes in the 2014 International Hoops Summit, Draft Express ranked Inglis 29th overall, which places his actual selection roughly in line with expectations.
Here's what ESPN's Fran Frischella had to say about Damien Inglis:
"Great athlete, really strong body. Only 19 years old. Handles the ball well in the open court...strong powerful defender…got to shoot it a little bit better."
The last part is the phrase to highlight in that quote, in part because the Bucks already have a litany of front court occupants incapable of making a shot beyond 10 feet. Inglis did shoot 39% beyond the arc in France last year, so he has ability, but ability is different
Overall, Inglis fits perfectly into the Bucks' short and long-term plans: A cheap, big-bodied tube man likely to specialize in defensive coverages for at least a year, possessing a skill set befitting of a side-project for a regime stuck in a longer-term rebuilding project.
Second round picks are inherently low-risk, high-reward, and you can never have too many physical, rebound-happy big men. So get stoked, Milwaukee.