Now that the Bucks have secured their draft spot for this upcoming June, it’s time to start looking at the possible selections they could make at second overall. Please, it’s going to be alright, this isn’t like the NFL when you’re force fed racks on racks of mocks. Besides, the draft is just next month, and that’ll get here shortly. So with that quick reminder and sigh of relief for many of you, here are the obvious three options and what I think of them:
Player: Jabari Parker
I don’t think many are taking this serious, but Parker’s character is what makes him the best player in this class and it’s not even close to me anymore. Did you read that Sports Illustrated piece he wrote? In the perfect world, if Wiggins heads to Cleveland (Wiggins and Manziel in the same state?) Parker has a solid chance of coming home to the Midwest (he’s a native of Chicago) and starting his career in Milwaukee. His scoring ability is already transferrable and right now, he can average roughly around 10-15 points per game. The Bucks need a scorer to go in their starting-five with Brandon Knight, but where would Parker fit with Giannis Antetokounmpo? I guess that’s the one question I have if he were selected. Still, factoring in the time, he has the chance to grow into the best player in the class on and off the court. I don’t want to compare him to Carmelo Anthony, but that’s who he reminds me and a lot of people of.
Player: Andrew Wiggins
Wiggins is in the debate alongside Duke’s Jabari Parker for the top selection and if you’d like to get saucy, Joel Embiid without the back concerns can be thrown in the fire, too. Fact is, his athleticism is straight-flexin-on-Instagram elite and he has the best upside in the class. Bringing in Wiggins would help diversify Milwaukee’s starting five, giving them a player who can honestly play at the first three starting spots. This specifically helps after we just witnessed all of the different lineup changes this past season. Spoiler: When my mock draft comes out, he’ll be the top pick.
Player: Joel Embiid
Embiid’s current stock is down compared to where it was around the beginning of the season due to a serious back injury. Back injuries are watched carefully and I’m sure John Hammond and his staff will find out as much as they can on it. He’ll go through different tests before the draft, but regardless, he still won’t be knocked out the top-10. He gets up the floor tremendously well for a seven-footer and can protect the rim. Pair that alongside an on-good-behavior Larry Sanders with John Henson and Giannis, and you have more length than Sidney Moncrief can handle saying in broadcasts. That group will have nicknames galore. Two other concerns with him that I have are regarding his inexperience playing the game itself, and ability to matchup up against grown men that have families to feed at the next level.
If the decision were up to me, as most of you probably could tell, my pick would be Jabari Parker. Milwaukee is in a great spot, though. Having the option of getting one of the three benefits them a lot. I wouldn’t touch Embiid because there aren’t many players historically who clear through back problems in the NBA.
Be on the lookout for my mock draft coming soon once I finish watching tape, and thank you to those who watched my NBA Draft lottery reaction video. It truly means a lot.