The Milwaukee Bucks have a busy and perplexing offseason ahead of them. First they have to find a new head coach (hopefully they can get Stan Van Gundy) and try to keep their best players from leaving in the free agent market. With Redick, Jennings, Ellis and Dunleavy all some form of free agents this offseason, at best the Bucks may only lose one of them and at the worst they could lose all. With the uncertainty of their future they need to acquire some prospects in this year’s NBA draft.
An immediate issue the Bucks need to address is their lack of a post up game. Larry Sanders has potential and is very athletic and a great defender but he has yet to develop a solid post up game. Lacking a true center the Bucks should make it a priority to find one that could fit within their system and provide an offensive and defensive presence in the paint. Unfortunately the Bucks have the 15th pick so they will likely miss out on several talented centers like Len, Plumlee, Noel (more of a forward) etc. Their best available options are to go with either Steven Adams of Pittsburgh or Jeff Withey of Kansas.
Adams is long, tall and athletic (at about 7 ft.) and could suit the fast pace of Milwaukee well. He also has a lot of potential and could develop into a quality center if he focused on getting more of an inside game but he is better than what the Bucks currently have. Then there is Jeff Withey who is a heady player who is a great defender and shot blocker. He is also around 7 ft. and has a lot of experience at his position and importantly in winning games. He could immediately help the Bucks and with some added muscle he could compete at the NBA level effectively. He has a decent inside game but it is hard to see if that will translate completely to the next level.
With the Bucks’ next pick in the second round, if he is still available I think they should definitely go for the guard out of Virginia Tech, Erik Green. I had the pleasure of watching Green play all season long and he is a bona fide scoring machine and offensive threat. When he has to he can pass well enough and would do well to add some depth to the Buck’s backcourt especially if the lose some of their guards to free agency. At 6’3 he has decent length but has a thin wiry frame so he would likely have to bulk up to have more success in the NBA.
The Bucks are at a difficult point right now, but they could compensate for possible losses due to free agency by drafting the right players and of course getting the right coach. This draft for them is important and it will be interesting to see how it all plays out.