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 29, 2017; East Lansing, MI, USA; Michigan Wolverines forward D.J. Wilson (5) drives the baseline against Michigan State Spartans guard Miles Bridges (22) during the first half of a game at the Jack Breslin Student Events Center. Mandatory Credit: Mike Carter-USA TODAY Sports
Jan 29, 2017; East Lansing, MI, USA; Michigan Wolverines forward D.J. Wilson (5) drives the baseline against Michigan State Spartans guard Miles Bridges (22) during the first half of a game at the Jack Breslin Student Events Center. Mandatory Credit: Mike Carter-USA TODAY Sports /

How Wilson Fits the Bucks

Behind All-Star Giannis Antetokounmpo, the Bucks are searching for answers when it comes to their forward depth.

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Jabari Parker is again on the road to recovery following his second torn ACL, Mirza Teletovic is hoping to bounce back after an inconsistent first season in Milwaukee and after an unlikely impactful year both on and off the court, Michael Beasley is an impending unrestricted free agent.

From that perspective, the addition of Wilson comes at the right time, considering the level of uncertainty at that spot on the depth chart and the cap crunch the team faces in light of this week’s news regarding the salary cap.

But while the addition of Wilson solves what had been a need for the Bucks, to paint him as that’s all he serves to the team moving forward would be a disservice to him and the intriguing skill set he boasts.

When speaking on the decision to draft Wilson after the fact, Bucks head coach Jason Kidd explained that Wilson fits the “DNA” of the Bucks with his length and positional versatility. Although instantly proving that on the NBA level will undoubtedly be a challenge for Wilson, there’s certainly a level of truth behind that sentiment.

Where Wilson harnesses his development in his rookie season will be an interesting question moving forward. There’s certainly minutes to be had for Wilson once the season tips off, but having the option to play in Oshkosh as part of the Wisconsin Herd is a nice fall back to have if the team doesn’t want to put too much on his plate right away.

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Overall, the potential Wilson possesses as a role player, along with his versatility, fits the Bucks to a T. Only time will tell whether he’ll become a part of the fabric of the Bucks’ DNA.