The Milwaukee Bucks have insisted many times this summer that finding more shooters is a top priority in the offseason. Our readers took that goal to heart with the #13 pick, selecting Kentucky shooting guard Devin Booker.
Booker is one of the best pure shooters in the draft, with excellent numbers (41.1% on almost 7 triples per 40 minutes) and a beautiful shooting stroke that scouts love. He may be a bit one-dimensional, but there's something to be said for a player who knows his role and sticks to it. To Booker's credit, he executed his role tremendously, showing smart shot selection and rarely trying to do too much (1 turnover per 40 minutes). Defensively, Booker shows consistent effort and has good size for the SG position, but he probably won't be able to do much cross-matching and isn't likely to be elite on that end. Booker is also very young, lending him a bit more credit in the "potential" factor despite his limited skill set.
Booker's drafting team should feel pretty confident in what they're getting from his as a shooter, but there's concern about nearly everything else. Booker's steal and block rates are very low, a red flag for wing players who can struggle to compete with the vastly more athletic competition in the professionals. He's not a great finisher at the rim and almost exclusively shoots jumpers, which is great if that's what you need, but true star guards need to be able to do more than hit open shots. Drafting Booker in the lottery feels like paying a high premium for an elite talent, which may be a safer bet than other upside picks in the same range, but that's a consideration each team will need to make as they evaluate him.
Brew Hoop Draft Board 2015
1. Karl-Anthony Towns - PF/C, Kentucky, Freshman - DraftExpress Profile
2. Jahlil Okafor - C, Duke, Freshman - DraftExpress Profile
3. D'Angelo Russell - G, Ohio State, Freshman - DraftExpress Profile
4. Emmanuel Mudiay - PG, International - DraftExpress Profile
5. Justise Winslow - SF, Duke, Freshman - DraftExpress Profile
6. Mario Hezonja - G/F, International - DraftExpress Profile
7. Willie Cauley-Stein - C, Kentucky, Junior - DraftExpress Profile
8. Kristaps Porzingis - PF, International - DraftExpress Profile
9. Stanley Johnson - SF, Arizona, Freshman - DraftExpress Profile
10. Frank Kaminsky - PF/C, Wisconsin, Senior - DraftExpress Profile
11. Myles Turner - C, Texas, Freshman - DraftExpress Profile
12. Kelly Oubre - SF, Kansas, Freshman - DraftExpress Profile
13. Devin Booker - SG, Kentucky, Freshman - DraftExpress Profile