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2017 NBA Draft: Bucks select D.J. Wilson (PF, Michigan) with the #17 pick

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The rangy, lengthy forward from Michigan brings a good jumper and defensive versatility

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With the number 17 pick in the 2017 NBA Draft the Milwaukee Bucks select D.J. Wilson - PF, Michigan.

The twenty-one year old stands 6’10” with a 7’3” wingspan fitting the Bucks prototypical lengthy trend of picks. Wilson wasn’t very impactful in his first two seasons as a Wolverine, but burst onto the scene as a major player for them down the stretch in his third season. At 240 pounds Wilson has a solid body to not be pushed around too much in the post and hold his own on both ends of the floor. Physically he’s built for the NBA and he’s shown an ability to stretch the floor and put up 14.5 points per-40 last season.

He shot 37% from the three-point line on 110 shots, a solid base to build upon if he can expand his range as it appears he should be able to, and his length will make it easier for him to get shots off without being bothered by defenders. His 83% free throw percentage will also translate to the NBA and reflects well on his shooting mechanics moving forward. He can create off the dribble a bit and attack the rim with power while sidestepping defenders with solid footwork. He’s an athletic player with some explosiveness and an ability to play above the rim.

On the defensive end Wilson put up a frightening 5.2 block percentage, via barttorvik.com, thanks to his long arms, a skill that should fit well into the Bucks system. He’s not the toughest player inside, but he’s got the size and length to cause problems if he can ramp up his intensity. He’ll be able to guard both forward spots with ease, but he’ll need a little more size on him to body up with bruising centers down low. He features great speed and quickness that will allow him to switch onto guards as well.

He’s 21 years old, but there’s definite room to grow with solid coaching. Offensively he has some raw skills that need some refinement and a shot that should be solid. Defensively, if he can pick up the Bucks complex system, he should be able to contribute right away, and he could eventually become a great defender if the versatility he showed in college translates and if he tightens up some fundamentals.