Milwaukee Bucks NBA Draft Prospect Watch: Jared Butler

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Milwaukee Bucks NBA Draft Prospect Watch: Jared Butler – What the experts say

ESPN [$] (Jonathan Givony): 42nd

The Athletic [$] (Sam Vecenie): 38th

Sports Illustrated (Jeremy Woo): 34th

Sporting News (Chris Stone): 45th

Bleacher Report (Jonathan Wassermann): 47th

The Ringer (Kevin O’Connor): 40th


Having placed him 34th on his most recent Big Board, Woo detailed why Butler’s steadiness and strong skill level may make him a strong role player from the start of his journey in the NBA:

"“Butler won over a lot of people with an impressive year as the leader of a very good Baylor team, and his mixture of skills, intangibles and the fact he’s still 19 are all working in his favor. He’s not always flashy, but he’s the type of player who grows on you. Butler doesn’t have elite tools, but he’s a terrific ball-handler, shoots it well enough to play on and off and was extremely effective using ball screens. He gives effort defensively and should be able to hold his own. Becoming a more consistent scorer around the rim is key, but he’ll never be tasked with quite as much responsibility to create as he had at Baylor. Butler has made an intriguing case in this range of the draft.”"

Standing on the more optimistic side, The Rookie Wire’s Bryan Kalbrosky outlined why Butler’s dynamic shooting skills may make him a diamond in the rough within this draft class after ranking him 27th on his most recent Top-100 Big Board:

"“Jared Butler is an underrated 3-and-D prospect with the best handle in the class who helped Baylor become one of the nation’s top teams in 2019-20. The Louisiana native made 2.6 shots per game from beyond the arc and was prolific when shooting off the catch, off the dribble, off screens and dribble handoffs.”"