The Bucks have inked up second round draft pick Johnny O’Bryant to a three-year deal, the team announced Wednesday. Milwaukee selected O’Bryant, a 6’9 forward out of LSU, with the 36th overall pick in the 2014 NBA Draft.
The terms of the deal were not disclosed by the team, but Charles Gardner of JSOnline reports that O’Bryant’s contract is three years long with a team option for the third season. Nate Wolters signed a similar deal last off-season.
O’Bryant was able to showcase his impressive strength and aggressive rebounding tendencies at Summer League, where he started each of the Bucks’ five games, playing 18.2 minutes and posting 8.2 points 5.4 rebounds per game.
At 256 pounds, O’Bryant brings some heft to a Bucks’ frontcourt filled with long and lanky players such as John Henson and Larry Sanders. It will be interesting to see if he’ll be able to find a spot in Jason Kidd’s rotation this season. O’Bryant isn’t good enough of a ball handler or shooter to play the three, and is too small to play center, so expect to see him battling with Henson and Ersan Ilyasova for minutes at the power forward position.
He could find a niche filling the role that Jeff Adrien played last season– being a high-motor guy off the bench who can grab a lot of rebounds and finish inside when need be. Adrien left the Bucks for Houston this off-season, and Kidd will certainly be looking for someone to step up and replace the productivity he brought to the table.
Johnny O’Bryant is the second of the three Bucks draftees to be signed to their rookie deals, after Jabari Parker was officially signed three weeks ago. Milwaukee has yet to sign Damien Inglis, the Frenchman who they selected with the 31st pick in the draft.
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