Bucks Draft Big

As the draft concluded last night one thought came to mind, the Bucks are much bigger if all four players stick.  People like to rush to judgement with draft grades when most of the success of the players drafted can really be up to them, well I will do the same thing.

 Almost every player in the draft last night, after John Wall and Evan Turner, came with the line “Needs to work on …”  That is the theme of a success or failure with a lot of draft picks.  You pick a guy who has measurables, athletic ability, a special skill or two and hope he has the work ethic to want to be a pro.

Larry Sanders

Profile  I like this pick.  When Xavier Henry was picked a couple spots earlier I think it made this decision much easier.  The Bucks have always been looking for an athletic 4 and they got one here.  Sanders can block shots, so he has one standout skill.  He his athletic and long according to his workout measurables.  But maybe most importantly he has improved every year since he started playing basketball, which was only in 10th grade.  When you are a big you have to work to get better since it is so easy to just stand there by the basket to block shots and get putback dunks.  So many bigs just rely on those areas that so few improve.  Give Scott Skiles and the rest of his staff a summer to work with Sanders and he will be contributing solid minutes early next season.  If he wants it.

Grade: A.  For what was there and what the Bucks need, and have always needed, an athletic 4, a fan has to be happy with the pick.

Darington Hobson

Profile  Hobson was the 37th pick for the Bucks.  Hobson seems like one of those players that can do a little bit of everything but might not be great at anything.  One thing I like from the profile is that Hobson can create his own shot, so many young guys struggle with that in the NBA.  If his perimeter defense improves he will be a swiss army knife for Scott Skiles, being plugged into several different positions/situations. 

Grade: B.  I like the pick, I may have went after the wow factor with Lance Stephenson but I understand the issues there withbeing a selfish player.  With Hobson it comes down to being athletic enough.  What I did like about the pick is the Bucks wasted no time making it, so they must have known what they wanted.

Jerome Jordan

Profile  Very raw, very athletic, another player that is fairly new to the game.  I see this being more of a project than Sanders and it might be a year or two before we see anything from Jordan.  He does have a work ethic and has improved, both of which will be a big reason why he could make it in the league. 

Grade: B-/C+.  It is tough to judge big guys at this point in the draft.  So many were going off the board that it makes you question why a guy lasted until 44, why didn’t someone want him sooner, is he not good enough?  When in reality nobody knows anything about these guys and how they will pan out, drafting bigs in the NBA is much less predictable than quarterbacks in the NFL.  You never know.

Tiny Gallon

Profile  I like this pick from the aspect of Gallon can be a threat in the paint.  He is big and strong and can score down low.  Some have compared him to Big Baby Davis, I would take that.  The Bucks need some beef to go along with length inside to get some easier baskets, more importantly these types of players can pile up fouls on the opponent.  Gallon was a high school stud and played with Brandon Jennings at Oak Hill Academy.  Things did not go well at Oklahoma this past year, and it sounds like there “could” be some personality issues.  If Gallon can keep his weight down, is willing to work, and most importantly willing to listen and learn, he could be a nice second round pick.

Grade:  C+.  There are a lot of ifs with any pick at this point in the draft.  Gallon has weight and attitude issues, if he has or develops a work ethic and wants to be good, the talent is there.

Topics: Larry Sanders

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