After Wednesday’s trade that brought Samuel Dalembert and pick #14 to Milwaukee, John Hammond and the Bucks have probably seen their draft board shift quite a bit. The need at center is filled (for the moment), and the Bucks will likely be looking for the best talent at pick #14.
When the David Stern walks up to the podium for 14th selection, the name Bucks fans should hope to hear is Terrence Ross.
Several days ago the Journel Sentinel reported that the Bucks are interested in picking up a guard with their top pick. About a week ago Gery Woelfel reported that the Bucks want to acquire a big guard.
I’m not sure anything shouts “Big Guard” like Terrence Ross does. The 21 year old measured at 6’7″ and 197 pounds, which is pretty large for a two guard.
Ross is likely the most explosive player in the draft. His athleticism is off the charts, which is displayed in his 37.5 inch vertical. On both ends of the court, he is a playmaker who is known for his nasty offensive rebound tip slams and out-of-nowhere blocks. If you don’t believe me, check out some of these highlights, courtesy of Swish Scout.
When I look at Ross, I see a guy with very little downside. Draft Express compares his best scenario to Jason Richardson. In my opinion, that’s an understatement. I see him as more of a Scottie Pippen type potential. The only major criticism I’ve heard from experts is that Ross can sometimes become a non-factor in games. By that, I mean he “disappears” in some moments. That certaintly could be a problem in the Association, especially with a coach like Skiles who’s willing to yank you for the rest of the game if you aren’t giving 110%.
So why should the Bucks take Ross?
The depth at guard position is looking thin for the Bucks the next few years having just traded away Sean Livingston, along with Dunleavy and Udrih becoming free agents at the end of next season. And who knows if Monta will be back after next year?
Drafting Ross will give the Bucks a guy who can pick up big minutes off the bench while maintaining productivity. He can be the third scoring option the Bucks need behind Brandon and Monta. Speaking of the Bucks’ backcourt, Ross will fit right in with the Bucks’ newly founded run-and-gun play. Getting up and down the floor is a strength for him. He’ll be able to contribute right away because he’s not so much of a project compared to Larry Sanders or Ekpe Udoh.
The Bucks need to make this pick because Ross is worth a shot. He may not be an Anthony Davis or a Brad Beal but he’s shown that he’s a talented basketball player. The skills are there. The fundamentals are there. The playmaking ability is there. This guy has the potential to be an elite scorer in the NBA.
Ross doesn’t just fill a need, he gives the Bucks a legit scoring threat and potential stud for years to come. He takes the edge off Monta’s contract situation, whichever way it goes. And most importantly, he’s a good fit.
If Ross is on the board, the Bucks will make a big mistake if they pass him over Thursday night.