Milwaukee Bucks: Getting to know D.J. Wilson

Mar 12, 2017; Washington, DC, USA; Michigan Wolverines forward D.J. Wilson (5) celebrates in the closing seconds of the second half against the Wisconsin Badgers during the Big Ten Conference Tournament championship game at Verizon Center. The Wolverines won 71-56. Mandatory Credit: Geoff Burke-USA TODAY Sports
Mar 12, 2017; Washington, DC, USA; Michigan Wolverines forward D.J. Wilson (5) celebrates in the closing seconds of the second half against the Wisconsin Badgers during the Big Ten Conference Tournament championship game at Verizon Center. The Wolverines won 71-56. Mandatory Credit: Geoff Burke-USA TODAY Sports /
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Jan 21, 2017; Ann Arbor, MI, USA; Michigan Wolverines forward D.J. Wilson (5) celebrates after he dunks in the first half against the Illinois Fighting Illini at Crisler Center. Mandatory Credit: Rick Osentoski-USA TODAY Sports
Jan 21, 2017; Ann Arbor, MI, USA; Michigan Wolverines forward D.J. Wilson (5) celebrates after he dunks in the first half against the Illinois Fighting Illini at Crisler Center. Mandatory Credit: Rick Osentoski-USA TODAY Sports /

Looking At Wilson’s Playing Style

Standing at 6’10” and armed with a 7’3″ wingspan, Wilson has the ideal size for a modern power forward and to even log some minutes as a center. Along with that, Wilson brings a high level of athleticism, both in terms of his explosiveness and smooth mobility.

Possessing that variety of physical tools, Wilson has the makings to be an impactful, versatile defender, one who can either act as the last line of defense or come charging out to the three-point line to send away a shot attempt.

Offensively, Wilson projects to be a well rounded scorer as he can efficiently stretch the floor, capitalize off of baseline cuts and set or slip a screen to only then roll to the rim and send home an emphatic slam.

Though he is regularly looked upon to play without the ball, Wilson has the capabilities to put the ball on the floor, especially when pressured on the three-point line. Whether he can adequately develop that into consistently making simple reads for others may be something to keep an eye on moving forward.

By far, the biggest knock on Wilson has long been his toughness, his willingness to battle on the boards and play through contact. Although you could debate whether that speaks more to his mentality and his years of being accustomed with playing on the perimeter, Wilson’s play has been affected to varying degrees because of that.

Striking the balance between playing with force and doing the dirty work down low or relying on his well patented finesse game will be a big challenge for the 21-year-old when he reaches the next level.