Bucks GM talks NBA Draft

The Bucks have been quiet about what they plan to do in this year’s NBA Draft by keeping the names of the players who came in for private workouts a secret, but today General Manager Jon Horst gave some insight into what he is looking for if he chooses to make a selection with the 17th overall pick.

“A home run pick for us would be a player that can impact our team this year, as a rookie,” Horst said. “And that is a hard thing to find at 17, but if we could find someone who can do that, that can also play on their rookie contract and then hopefully have a long career with the Bucks that would be a home run."

“What skills? I mean, shooting will help us, defensive toughness and rebounding will help us and guys that have positional size will help us. Different things like that, or attributes, but at the end of the day we would like guys who could impact our roster. It is a valuable roster spot for us.”  

Most mock drafts have the Bucks selecting a guard. Horst acknowledged that because of where the Bucks are in the draft a guard, or wing are two positions that are most likely going to be available for the Bucks.

Horst also went on to hint at the fact that he would be willing to trade away the Bucks’ first-round selection.

“There is a lot of interest in the 17th pick, so we’ll explore ideas of moving up, explore ideas of moving down, potentially even moving out of the draft,” Horst said. “At the end of the day, if we sit with the 17th pick we feel really good about the guys we’ll be able to draft from.” 

The NBA Draft begins Thursday at 6:00 p.m.

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