Bucks mock drafts: Two weeks before NBA Draft
Since our last roundup right after the lottery, several mock drafts have made updates.
Last time out, Utah center Jakob Poeltl was the most popular pick for the Milwaukee Bucks at the No. 10 overall selection. No more.
There are a mix of names, both big men and guards. There definitely doesn't seem like a consensus on who the Bucks might select.
With just two weeks left until the draft, we'll try to do at least one more update of the mocks. In the list below, we've included the previous mock selection(s) when applicable.
And now, the latest mocks:
Andrew Sharp of SI.com: Timothe Luwawu, France, G/F. "The Bucks could go a number of directions hereâWade Baldwin, Poeltl, Denzel Valentine, Deyonta Davisâbut Luwawu is the choice that should scare the rest of the East more than any of them. First of all, his dunk-per-highlight ratio is off the charts here. Second, this picture makes me wish I had season tickets to the Mega Leks this year. Third, he's 6'7" with a 6'11" wingspan, and he can hit threes. If Giannis is playing point guard and defending power forwards, imagine a backcourt with Khris Middleton and Luwawu playing next to Jabari Parker. Don't they have to at least try this? How can we make them try this?" (Previously: Jakob Poeltl, C, Utah, SO.)
Derek Bodner of USAToday.com: Jakob Poeltl, C, Utah, SO. "Poeltl improved his scoring from 9.1 points per game to 17.2 as a sophomore, becoming one of the more skilled all-around centers in the country. That versatility would be tough to pass up this late in the lottery." (Previously: Poeltl.)
Chad Ford of ESPN Insider: Dejounte Murray, G, Washington, FR. (Previously: Jakob Poeltl, C, Utah, SO.) "The Bucks desperately need shooting, but there really isn't a 2-guard in this range that makes sense for them. Kidd needs a franchise PG badly and, if he hits his ceiling, Murray has that sort of upside. Another dark horse for this pick? Thon Maker. GM John Hammond hit a home run by taking relative unknown Giannis Antetokounmpo. Could he swing for the fences again?"
Sam Vecenie of CBSSports.com: Deyonta Davis, PF, Michigan State, FR. "The Bucks tend to like long athletic players with a high upside, and Davis fits that billing. The 6-10 big man is a good defensive player already due to his ability to move his feet and protect the rim, plus he has potential shooting the ball out to around 15 to 18 feet at some point in his career. Davis still has a way's to go, but at the very least he'd give their frontcourt a bit of a different look, especially if they're seriously going to try the Point Giannis experiment." (Previously: Jakob Poeltl, C, Utah, SO.)
Gary Parrish of CBSSports.com: Jakob Poeltl, C, Utah, SO. "The Bucks would like to see Ellenson fall, which would allow them to draft a potential stretch-five who played college ball in Milwaukee. But if he's off the board, Poeltl is a good fit. He's a big who plays big. And the 7-foot-1 center would help Milwaukee shore up an interior defense by adding a rim protector who is a good-enough athlete." (Previously: Poeltl.)
Paul Banks of the Washington Times and David Kay of The Sports Bank via WalterFootball.com: Round 1 -- Denzel Valentine, G, Michigan State, SR. "Valentine was an all-around beast this season for the Spartans and could impact the game in a number of ways. He would be a bit of a reach this high but with O.J. Mayo, Jarryd Bayless and Grevis Vazquez are all heading for free agency, guard play should be a priority for the Bucks this summer."; Round 2a -- A.J. Hammons, C, Purdue, SR; Round 2b -- Gary Payton II, PG, Oregon State, SR. (Previously: Round 1 -- Valentine; Round 2a -- Melo Trimble, PG, Maryland, SO.; Round 2b -- Chinanu Onuaku, C, Louisville, C.)
NBADraft.net: Dejounte Murray, PG/SG, Washington, FR. (Previously: Marquese Chriss, PF, Washington, FR.)
DraftExpress.com: Henry Ellenson, PF, Marquette, FR. (Previously: Jakob Poeltl, C, Utah, SO.)
Hoops Hype: Marquese Chriss, PF, Washington, FR. "Chriss is one of the biggest boom or bust picks of this year's draft. He is likely two years away from contributing anything meaningful. But his combination of length, athleticism and shooting touch has scouts drooling. The Bucks can afford to wait as their nucleus is still a few years away."
Alex Ballentine of Bleacher Report: Dejounte Murray, PG/SG, Washington, FR.
Basketball Insiders: Alex Kennedy -- Jakob Poeltl, C, Utah, SO; Joel Brigham -- Jaylen Brown, SG, Cal, FR; Moke Hamilton -- Marquese Chriss, G, Washington FR; Steve Kyler -- Henry Ellenson, PF, Marquette, FR (Previously: Kennedy -- Poelt; Brigham -- Denzel Valentine, G, Michigan State, SR; Hamilton -- Deyonta Davis, PF, Michigan State, FR; Kyler -- Ellenson.)
DraftTek: Round 1 -- Malik Beasley, SG, Florida State, FR; Round 2a -- Kahlil Felder, PG, Oakland, JR; Round 2b -- Cheick Diallo, PF, Kansas, FR. (Previously: Round 1 -- Kris Dunn, PG, Providence, JR; Round 2a -- Daniel Hamilton, SG, UConn, SO; Round 2b -- A.J. Hammons, C, Purdue, SR.)
NESN's Nicholas Goss: Malik Beasley, SG, Florida State, FR.