NBA Draft pick #15 - Milwaukee Bucks

Giannis Antetokounmpo goes No.15 to Milwaukee

6/27/13 in NBA   |   droth   |   127 respect

Giannis Antetokounmpo, an 18-year old from Greece has been selected with the 15th pick by the Milwaukee Bucks.

Blog Photo - NBA Draft pick #15 - Milwaukee BucksTwo--possibly three--of Milwaukee's top-4 scorers from 2012-13 may be gone next season.  Monta Ellis and J.J. Redick are free agents and expected to leave and Brandon Jennings is a restricted free agent.  Even if Jennings returns, the Bucks need to replace the lost scoring that Ellis and Redick provided.  But Antetokounmpo is not expected to provide that scoring.

He is the youngest player in the draft, extremely raw, and has endless upside.  At 6'9" with ball handling skills and athleticism, no one knows how high his ceiling might be.  But he is hasn't been scouted for very long and not much is known about him.

The Bucks went 38-44 in 2012-13 and got swept in the first round of the playoffs by Miami.  The team as a whole embraced the volume scorer's mentality and the Bucks finished 28th in field goal percentage.  With the departure of Ellis, their efficiency should improve, but as long as the ball is in Brandon Jennings hands a good portion of the time, their efficiency will be lack luster.

Milwaukee needs guys that can spread the floor and provide a release valve for Jennings, or at least pose an additional threat for defenses.   Antetokounmpo may be that player in a couple of years, but it is unlikely he can come in an contribute right away.

This pick indicates that Milwaukee is willing to begin a rebuilding process because he is not expected to contribute for a while.

Larry Sanders has emerged as one of the league's top rim protectors and Antetokounmpo's length will help challenge opponents' shots.
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