COMMENTARY: The Milwaukee Bucks 2013 draft picks
MILWAUKEE -- Giannis Antetokounmpo and Nate Wolters. One pick has very exciting upside and the other, a safe pick that could potentially play right away.
It's clear Milwaukee had future thoughts in mind when they drafted the 6'9", "Greek Freak" with the No. 15 pick in the 2013 NBA Draft. Nurture and development might be the route he and the Bucks take for the next few years, as he fills out and puts on muscle, before he is ready for playing time in the NBA.
If the Bucks were thinking purely on potential and upside, its certainly there. In highlight videos, Antetokounmpo can be seen doing a little bit of everything in impressive athletic fashion. His skill set ranges from handling the basketball with both hands and leading on fast breaks to passing, rebounding, blocking shots, shooting from long distance and finishing around the basket. He'll be a raw project for the Bucks coaching staff, maybe for a couple of years, but his ceiling looks to be very high as he translates his game from Greece to the NBA.
When Milwaukee took Ricky Ledo at No. 43 in the second round I was a bit concerned. Ledo sat out his entire freshman year at Providence due to academic ineligibility and was described by some scouts as having attitude issues, yet first-round potential. The Bucks flipped him in a trade with Dallas through Philadelphia, for third team All-American point guard Nate Wolters from South Dakota St.
Wolters was fourth in the nation in scoring at 22.7 PPG. He averaged 38.1 Min/Gm, 5.8 APG, 5.6 RPG, shot 49% from the field and 38% from three-point range for the Jackrabbits last season. He's a bigger PG at 6'5" and should get an opportunity to play right away.
I like the Wolters trade and I think he could be a good fit for a Bucks team that has so much uncertainty at both guard positions, but how many successful point guards have been taken in the second-round recently? Wolters has good size for a point guard and might be able to get away with a lack of speed. It'll be interesting to see what role he plays with the Bucks in the upcoming season.
Taking Antetokounmpo is proof the Bucks are in some kind of rebuilding frame of mind. In three years we could be saying Hammond hit a home run with this pick or the "Greek Freak" could end up being an after thought; in the same vain as Joe Alexander.
After this pick, I can't imagine Hammond making any big time moves during free agency. He may sign a veteran point guard and shooting guard to plug the gaps for a couple of years and throw the young players they currently have out there to learn together. The Bucks could be bad enough next year to get in on the Andrew Wiggins sweepstakes in the 2014 draft.