It really couldn’t feel anymore like the dog days of Summer, could it? Wherever you’re reading this piece, it is probably warm by temperature standards, there probably isn’t NBA basketball being played by the Milwaukee Bucks, and the NBA Draft is still weeks away. Truly, the period between the end of one’s season and the real start of the offseason is the darkest timeline.
To brighten up your day, we’ve found you a few articles from around the web talking Milwaukee, and for today’s Monday morning edition, we’ll get some of those sweet sweet rumors, some further post-season postmortems, and bask in the glow of Giannis Antetokounmpo once more.
Tim Bontemps of the Washington Post is known as one of the best national voices talking NBA basketball out there, and as each NBA team has been eliminated from the playoffs, he has written up a brief summary of that team’s present and future, and some immediate questions.
For Milwaukee, he hits on the obvious points: How will Jabari Parker bounce back? What will Greg Monroe do with his contract? How much is Tony Snell going to make?
If anything, getting another (well-respected) national voice to take a look at the team provides some interesting thought experiments.
The NBA Combine has already come and gone, so this post is a bit delayed, but it is always helpful to get familiar with some of the more popular names in Milwaukee’s draft range.
Grab some of the names mentioned, read some of the mock drafts linked, and fire up those DraftExpress videos during your lunch break today.
The beauty of the NBA Draft is that, realistically, no one really knows who is going to go to which team until the dust settles the next morning. Take, for example, this ESPN piece which directly contradicts the above FOX piece.
Always remember that there is maneuvering going on behind the scenes by NBA teams. Some are working the phones for a trade, some are threatening to pick players another team may dearly desire and be willing to give up assets for, etc.
Oh, and apparently we’re looking to add some shooters. Where art thou, Rashad Vaughn?
Trying To Describe Giannis Antetokounmpo (New Yorker)
I know the article is a bit older, but hey, we’re going to be scraping the bottom of the barrel here for a few weeks if that’s okay?
Plus, it is the New Yorker for crying out loud! How often is Giannis going to get the chance to be profiled in something as decidedly non-sports as the New Yorker? (Note: Probably quite a bit more often than theorized if he continues on the trajectory he’s on now).
Read, remember the season, and bask in the glow.
This week’s prediction will revolve around the hottest question of the morning: Will the Bucks go big in the draft? Or will they pick up a shooter or two? My money is on the latter more than the former, but I won’t be shocked when John Hammond selects the 7’1” forward from the Philippines who just picked up basketball as a sport a year and a half ago.
Draft time sure is fun!
Keep yourselves here as we continue to prepare for the draft with our own coverage, throw out your favorite prospects in the comments below, and as always: