Milwaukee Bucks Meeting With Prospects At Draft Combine


We’re officially getting to that time of year now. With the 2015 NBA Draft Combine in full flow, the Milwaukee Bucks are now starting to due diligence on the prospects who could potentially be on the board when their turn comes to pick on Draft night.

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There are a number of different approaches that teams around the league will take when it comes to determining which player makes the most sense for them.

Some teams will stick rigidly to the idea of drafting the best talent available, and then worry about making all of the pieces work from there. Others will have a particular type of character or attribute in mind that they want to stack their roster with. And then others will take thing on a much more case by case basis, drafting purely on need.

There’s no magic formula, no right or wrong approach, and no matter which strategy a franchise runs with, they’re still going to have to put the same amount of research and work into determining what they should do.

That’s the really tricky part for scouts and general managers, and now is the time where that hard graft gets done.

With the Combine providing the official measurements for many of those who have declared, this is the point where things start to get a little bit more serious. All of a sudden the couple of extra pounds a guy was carrying through college, or the extra couple of inches he was expected to grow into but never did come under the microscope.

From there, private workouts and interviews start, and this year the Bucks certainly don’t look like they’re going to be left behind in that regard.

In fact, according to Matt Velazquez of the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel (a must-follow on Twitter for Bucks’ draft news), the Bucks are preparing themselves to meet with a couple of the prospects they’ve been most frequently linked with as early as tomorrow.

Kaminsky and Hollis-Jefferson are two of the names most frequently linked with the Bucks, both for different reasons at that too. In fact even here at BTBP, our very own Draft expert Antony Ludwig has looked at how both players might fit on a number of occasions (see Kaminsky: here and here, and Hollis Jefferson: here).

Kaminsky is the romantic choice in so many ways. The Bucks have a clear need at center and after an outstanding season as a Wisconsin Badger, a diverse skill set, and now as officially the biggest man at the combine (just under 7″1′ in shoes), it’s understandable why many would like to see Frank the Tank stay in state as a professional. On top of that he has a confidence and swagger that will draw in many observers.

In reality, it’s Hollis-Jefferson who is a much greater fit when it comes to what’s becoming the “Bucks prototype” though.

Hollis-Jefferson is a 6″7′ wing, with an exceptional wingspan of 7″2′. He was a defensive standout in college, and although Milwaukee’s biggest needs don’t necessarily come on the wings, the chance to add a stopper who many feel could follow a similar trajectory to Charlotte’s Michael Kidd-Gilchrist is intriguing.

Kaminsky and Jefferson aren’t going to be Milwaukee’s first meetings either though. The Bucks met with another of this Draft class’ giants in the form of Myles Turner (another we’ve covered before), as well as dynamic Georgia State guard R.J. Hunter.

Between Hammond, Milwaukee’s scouts, and head coach Jason Kidd and assistant Sean Sweeney who were also present today, now is when the real excitement begins.

Wouldn’t it be nice if they could find another Giannis Antetokounmpo in the middle of the Draft order too?

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