2021 is going to be an incredibly important year for the Milwaukee Bucks. Following a disappointing second-round exit at the hands of the Miami Heat, it’s clear that the clock is ticking in Milwaukee. With superstar Giannis Antetokounmpo in the final year of his contract and coach Mike Budenholzer likely on the hot seat, the team needs everything it takes to ensure success next year. There’s no doubt that nailing this draft is crucial for the Bucks.
The Heat exposed a number of flaws within the Bucks lineup, namely a lack of shooting, perimeter defense, and playmaking. There isn’t anyone beyond Khris Middleton who can effectively knock down tough shots while simultaneously being able to defend at a high level. Furthermore, Eric Bledsoe‘s playoff struggles running the point have become a playoff tradition of sorts, forcing Antetokounmpo to handle the ball far more than he should. If they do not address these problems, the Bucks are destined for yet another early playoff exit.
Two Potential Milwaukee Bucks Draftees
In the 2020 NBA Draft, the Bucks hold the 24th overall pick. Since this is considered one of the weakest drafts classes yet, there probably won’t be too many high-ceiling prospects available. However, there are a number of prospects likely to be available who could contribute right away to the Bucks’ struggles.
1. Tyrell Terry
This draft has a plethora of above-average point guards, so it’s hard to project where Tyrell Terry will get drafted. Nonetheless, he’s a top 10 draft prospect in my eyes, and I think that he would fit perfectly on the Bucks.
In short, Terry is an elite shooter. He took a whopping 152 three-pointers in the limited NCAA season, with an accuracy of 40.2 percent overall. More impressively, he shot 89.1 percent from the charity stripe. Since free-throw percentage is highly correlated with NBA three-point success, this bodes well for Terry’s shooting in the NBA.
Additionally, his shooting portfolio is very diverse. He is absolutely lethal running off screens, and this is illustrated by his mind-boggling 48 percent accuracy on catch-and-shoot threes. He’s also very shifty off the dribble, and he can create his own long-range shot very well. Rather than leave him open as the Heat often did to Bledsoe, defenders would have to heavily guard Terry, thereby creating space for Antetokounmpo.
Here are all 11 of Tyrell Terry’s 3 attempts from his 2nd game vs. Utah. Sure, it was his best shooting performance from last season (7/11) but think it highlights his shot versatility (off movement, pull up, catch & shoot) pic.twitter.com/qSjWJN7P9Y
— NBA Draft Scouting (@KnicksDraftGuy) June 5, 2020
Not only does Terry have an insane range, but he can also orchestrate an offense and play defense at a high level. He possesses an unparalleled feel for the game, and his passing fundamentals are strong. He’s shown an ability to make advanced passes, especially to the shooters surrounding him …read more