Alternate 2013 NBA Draft: Milwaukee Bucks Select…

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Nov 12, 2015; Minneapolis, MN, USA; Minnesota Timberwolves forward Shabazz Muhammad (15) dribbles in the fourth quarter against the Golden State Warriors forward

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(40) at Target Center. The Golden State Warriors beat he Minnesota Timberwolves 129-116. Mandatory Credit: Brad Rempel-USA TODAY Sports

Shabazz Muhammad

If the Bucks had decided that they wanted to select a young, dynamic and athletic wing with a lot of potential, only to find Giannis off the board when it was their turn to pick, they could have done a lot worse than picking the man who was actually selected by Minnesota, Shabazz Muhammad.

Muhammad never worked out in Milwaukee, but was a known commodity for basically all 30 NBA teams. Many teams would have had their eye on Muhammad since back in his high school days when he became one of the most highly touted recruits in the nation.

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An underwhelming time in college meant that Shabazz would end up drafted much lower than many would have expected, but although many questioned whether he was capable of playing both ends of the floor at the time, his physical attributes didn’t make it overly difficult to sell yourself on him still.

Muhammad hasn’t exactly always had heavy minutes during his time in Minnesota, his role was understandably lessened further by the introduction of Andrew Wiggins also, but what he has done has generally been impressive.

He fit the mold for what the Bucks were publicly on record as declaring an interest in prior to the draft too. McKinney had said:

"You look at our roster and we have a lot of big men on the roster so we’re looking at swing positions for our picks in the first and second round, possibly."

Muhammad in heavy minutes would at least have been an interesting alternative, but let’s just all be relieved that he ended up in Minnesota so that Giannis could become a Buck.