It’s that time of year, the 2017 NBA Draft is tonight! The past few months, experts, reporters, and fans have created Mock Drafts trying to predict who each team will select. Listed below is a list of websites that try and see who the Bucks will take at 17. Most of these mock drafts happened before the Monroe announcement which may or may not affect who the Bucks actually draft, but either way we should have two new Bucks to break down tonight.
Bleacher Report – Harry Giles (Center, Duke)
CBS Sports – Jarrett Allen (Center, Texas)
The size is there. The potential is there. I worry about the shooting (56 percent from the free-throw line in college) and the lack of offensive tools. But a college coach who recruited Allen raved to me about his focus and work ethic. He's not the type of kid who will get in trouble, instead just staying in the gym and working on his game. At the very least he can be an intimidating, explosive low-post presence. That's a pretty nice floor.
Draft Express – Justin Patton (Center, Creighton)
ESPN – Ike Anigbogu (Center, UCLA)
Anigbogu may be one of the rawest prospects on the board, but he's also the youngest. His defensive potential as a rebounder and rim protector are clear. Teams just have to take a wait-and-see attitude on the offensive end. Jarrett Allen, Terrance Ferguson and Justin Jackson could be options for Milwaukee.
NBA.com – Bam Adebayo (Center, Kentucky)
He can play with some power inside or use mobility to score in transition, complete with the leaping ability that could lead to finishing a lot of lobs. Beyond potential as a rebounder and the ability to play in open court, though, Adebayo needs to show he can expand his game on offense. He would ideally be paired with a big who can hit a shot or score from the post ... or as part of a team with a dynamic set of scoring guards.
Sports Illustrated-Harry Giles 1st round; Dwayne Bacon 2nd round
Milwaukee has worked out mostly big men in this draft range. Giles has considerable potential if he can stay healthy, and it can’t hurt that the Bucks’ staff has a strong recent history with injury recovery and rehabilitation (see Khris Middleton’s torn hamstring and Jabari Parker’s first ACL tear). The Bucks have been all about upside in recent drafts and can swing big again picking in this range. He could bring immense value in the late teens.
USA Today – Jarrett Allen
The Bucks’ front-office makeover took some surprising turns. What new general manager Jon Horst plans to do after taking over a week before the draft is up in the air. Allen would be a traditional choice. With no ideal point guard available, taking another ridiculously long, athletic big man could fit with the already existing plan in Milwaukee.
Overall it seems all the mock drafts have the Bucks taking a center, which isn’t surprising, but would further muck up the already crowded center position on Milwaukee’s roster. Allen being the most frequently mentioned player isn’t surprising; as the collection of centers like Anigbogu and Patton in this area is creating a real “pick one out of a hat” vibe. Giles is the biggest name but probably the biggest question mark. He could have the ability to be one of the top players in the draft but it remains to be seen if he can even be 50% of the high school prospect we saw.
In the end, there are factors which can change the outlook of a draft whether its trades, surprise picks, and our perspective of prospects compared to the front office. I guess all will be revealed tonight.
Out of the prospects mentioned above, let us know who you would want the Bucks to draft at 17 in the poll below.
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