The Milwaukee Bucks will officially hold their the 24th overall pick in the 2020 NBA Draft after the 2019-20 NBA season is close to officially wrapping up.
The Milwaukee Bucks‘ current focus is set on their playoff run and their title hopes, but their position in the 2020 NBA Draft has officially been sorted out as of Friday night.
The Bucks’ first rounder for this year’s draft, which came by way of the Indiana Pacers via the Malcolm Brodgon sign-and-trade deal last summer, now stands as the 24th overall pick.
As far as their positioning is considered, the Bucks’ pick fell far from where it stood throughout the NBA’s hiatus and for much of the league’s season restart.
Going into Friday’s round of games, the pick entered a three-way tie with the Miami Heat and the Utah Jazz at 20th overall.
But due to the Pacers’ 109-92 win over the Heat Friday afternoon, it took until the results of the Oklahoma City Thunder-L.A. Clippers and Houston Rockets-Philadelphia 76ers games to determine where it would stand in the order. With both the Thunder and the Rockets falling Friday night, the pick further tumbled down to the 24th spot.
On its face, it’s a tough draw for the Bucks in terms of the value of the pick as a late first rounder, though the same may not be said for the financial implications and how it affects the Bucks’ cap situation, although that is still yet to sorted out due to the NBA’s hiatus as a result of the pandemic.
The Bucks have previously held the 24th overall pick on two occasions and they came in back-to-back years in 1975 and 1976. While he never went on to make an appearance with the Bucks, the team selected Cornelius Cash in ’75 and the following year, they selected Scott Lloyd.
Lloyd went on to make 83 appearances and averaged 5.2 points on 46.2 percent shooting and 2.8 rebounds over his 13.7 minutes per contest before being shipped off to the Buffalo Braves midway through the 1977-78 season.
Milwaukee may have never struck gold with the 24th overall pick, but there is history of teams hitting it rich at that spot in the draft.
Per Draft Express’ draft research tool, there are a total of five players who have been selected 24th overall have gone to become All-Stars between Kyle Lowry, Latrell Sprewell, former Bucks head coach Terry Porter, Andrei Kirlenko and former Bucks player Sam Cassell. That doesn’t include current Naismith Hall of Famer, Arvydas Sabonis, even, as he was limited by injuries when he eventually came to the NBA as a member of the Portland Trail Blazers midway through the 1990s.
Starting-caliber and rotation players can also be had at 24th overall as the likes of Tim Hardaway Jr., Serge Ibaka and Reggie Jackson have all been taken with that pick in recent memory.
All these examples shouldn’t raise the expectations that the Bucks will find a foundational piece with their lone pick in the draft this year, but it just goes to show that capable contributors can be selected that deep into the first round.
With that said, given the very few and limited cost-controlled contracts the Bucks have on their roster and their limited draft assets moving forward, the Bucks enter the draft at an interesting spot in that regard. That’s also provided that they won’t eventually move their pick, which is another matter entirely and yesterday’s tumble didn’t exactly help their pick’s value in that department.
But all of those discussions will be had down the road as the Bucks’ current task at hand is coming away with an NBA title when their time in Orlando is all said and done. All of this is just a reminder that the draft will soon be around the corner whenever the Bucks’ season does indeed come to a close.