Milwaukee Bucks mock drafts: Final edition
A guard or a forward? Who will the Milwaukee Bucks select in the first round of this year's NBA Draft?
The thoughts have changed each time we have done a roundup of the mock drafts from around the web and this version is no different.
Most think the Bucks will go big with the No. 10 overall selection. Of course, this is all under the presumption Milwaukee won't make a trade (a couple have already occurred Wednesday involving other teams, but not with picks ahead of the Bucks).
We'll find out soon enough what the Bucks will do. Until then, enjoy this last round of mock drafts.
Aaron Torres of FOXSports.com: Henry Ellenson, PF, Marquette, FR. "No, Ellenson will never be an elite defender in the NBA, but who needs defense when you've got Giannis Antetokounmpo? Instead, he should provide solid offense after averaging 17 points per game last season at Marquette (ironically, in the same building the Bucks play in now)." (Previously: Jakob Poeltl, C, Utah, SO.)
Scott Howard-Cooper of NBA.com: Henry Ellenson, PF, Marquette, FR. "It's not drafting a local guy for marketing purposes. Ellenson's game would benefit the team that finished 25th in scoring and 24th in offensive rating, even if that was more due to pace than shooting problems. He is expected to be able to play two positions and has the same kind of versatility with the ball, able to score inside or show a mid-range game." (Previously: Deyonta Davis, PF, Michigan State, FR.)
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.)
Derek Bodner of USAToday.com: Deyonta Davis, PF, Michigan State, FR. " Davis (1.8 blocks in just 18 minutes per game) has the potential to be an elite interior defender. He's still raw, but the potential is there down the line." (Previously: Jakob Poeltl, C, Utah, SO.)
Jonathan Givony of The Vertical: Henry Ellenson, PF, Marquette, FR. "Ellenson will likely end up playing the center position because of his lack of foot speed, but has the versatility needed offensively to fit in very nicely alongside their existing core." (Previously: Jakob Poeltl, C, Utah, SO.)
Kevin O'Connor of SBNation: Dejounte Murray, PG, Washington. "Murray can create off the dribble with ease, except he can't convert. Things didn't work out well for Milwaukee with Michael Carter-Williams, but Murray gives them another swing at a high-upside, long point guard." (Previously: Denzel Valentine, G, Michigan State, SR)
Hoops Hype: Jaylen Brown, SG, California, JR. "Milwaukee is sitting on a pretty good spot to grab whichever player drops. They could easily land a player here that ends up as good as whomever goes third. As a matter of fact, there are reports that Brown or Marquese Chriss could go at 3. And either player could possibly fall to 10 as well. Chriss may ultimately prove too big a long-term play but they would likely be ecstatic to land him." (Previously: Marquese Chriss, PF, Washington, FR.)
Broderick Turner of the Los Angeles Times: Jakob Poeltl, C, Utah, SO. "He's not a strong post player for his size, but Poeltl runs the floor and isn't afraid of being physical."
Rick Bonnell of the Charlotte Observer: Henry Ellenson, PF, Marquette, FR.
Kurt Helin of Pro Basketball Talk: Jakob Poeltl, C, Utah, SO. "Poeltl has the potential to step in and help on both ends. He has above-average potential as a rim protector, and though not the most athletic player, he is skilled on the offensive end, comfortable in the pick-and-roll, and can make an impact on the offensive boards."
Paul Banks of the Washington Times and David Kay of The Sports Bank via WalterFootball.com: Round 1 -- Jakob Poeltl, C, Utah, SO. " 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. I have had Denzel Valentine being the pick here for a while, but he is a bit of a reach at this point with so many post players available. Poeltl is a skilled big man, but also brings good size and physicality inside to provide some frontcourt depth in Milwaukee."; Round 2a -- Malcolm Brogdon, SG, Virginia, SR; Round 2b -- Gary Payton II, PG, Oregon State, SR. (Previously: Round 1 -- Denzel Valentine, G, Michigan State, SR; Round 2a -- A.J. Hammons, C, Purdue, SR; Round 2b -- Payton.)
NBADraft.net: Marquese Chriss, PF, Washington, FR. (Previously: Dejounte Murray, PG/SG, Washington, FR.)
DraftExpress.com: Henry Ellenson, PF, Marquette, FR. (Previously: Ellenson.)
Michael Schottey of Forbes.com: Jakob Poeltl, C, Utah, SO. "A legit center prospect who can run the floor, hit open jumpers and win matchups both on the block and a few steps out with his face to the basket? Yeah, that should help make up for Greg Monroe's deficiencies."
Basketball Insiders: Alex Kennedy -- Jakob Poeltl, C, Utah, SO; Joel Brigham -- Skai Labissiere, C, Kentucky, FR; Moke Hamilton -- Dragan Bender, PF, Croatia, n/a; Steve Kyler -- Deyonta Davis, PF, Michigan State, FR. (Previously: Kennedy -- Poelt; Brigham -- Jaylen Brown, SG, Cal, FR; Hamilton -- Marquese Chriss, G, Washington FR; Kyler -- Henry Ellenson, PF, Marquette, FR.)
Dick Vitale of ESPN: Wade Baldwin IV, PG, Vanderbilt, SO.
Dave Zarum of Sportsnet.ca: Jakob Poeltl, C, Utah, SO. "A poor showing at the NCAA Tournament (where he was truly dominated by Sabonis vs. Gonzaga) hurt his draft stock, but Poeltl has legit size and should develop an effective arsenal of low-post moves which should serve the Bucks well down the line. Milwaukee needs a point guard, but may feel it's too big of a reach at this spot and could trade down as a result."
DraftTek: Round 1 -- Dejounte Murray, PG, Washington, FR; Round 2a --Malcolm Brogdon, SG, Virginia, SR; Round 2b -- Juan Hernangomez, PF, Spain, n/a. (Previously: Round 1 -- Malik Beasley, SG, Florida State, FR; Round 2a -- Kahlil Felder, PG, Oakland, JR; Round 2b -- Cheick Diallo, PF, Kansas, FR.)
Tab Bamford of Chicago Now: Henry Ellenson, PF, Marquette, FR. (Previously: Skal Labissiere, C, Kentucky, FR.)
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