Milwaukee Bucks Rumors: Potential landing spot for Josh Green?

TUCSON, ARIZONA - DECEMBER 14: (Photo by Jennifer Stewart/Getty Images)
TUCSON, ARIZONA - DECEMBER 14: (Photo by Jennifer Stewart/Getty Images) /

Per a report from Bleacher Report, the Milwaukee Bucks could be interested in Arizona wing Josh Green going into this year’s NBA Draft.

With less than a week from the 2020 NBA Draft, speculation has been running rampant as to what teams will do with their respective selections.

The Milwaukee Bucks, who hold the 24th overall pick, stand far away from the excitement at the top of the order, but intrigue still surrounds who could be of interest to an organization that has kept their cards close to the vest during the pre-draft process. That is, if they end up using their only pick in this year’s draft.

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According to Bleacher Report’s Jonathan Wasserman, the Bucks have been rumored to be a destination for Arizona wing Josh Green and are considered to be the floor in his draft range by rival teams:

"“Multiple teams think Arizona’s Josh Green will fall. Some consider him a fringe first-rounder, though I’ve heard the Milwaukee Bucks at No. 24 as a floor landing spot.”"

Of course, it’s important to consider the context in which Wasserman has reported this chatter as it mostly revolved around the Aussie’s perceived range heading into the draft next Wednesday. Nonetheless, Wasserman does float out the Bucks as a team of interest in this regard.

If the Milwaukee Bucks are looking to add more shooting and defense on the wing, Josh Green certainly brings those qualities to the table.

The uber-athletic Green’s skill set is very straightforward to the 3-and-D role he is likely to carve out at the next level. Over his 30 appearances with the Wildcats last season, Green averaged 12 points on a .424/.361/.780 slash line, 4.6 rebounds, 2.6 assists and 1.5 steals across 30.9 minutes per contest.

ESPN currently ranks Green 21st on their best available board while The Athletic’s Sam Vecenie ($$) has Green ranked 29th on his most recent Big Board.

As I wrote in my profile on Green a few months back, there is a lot to like in regards to his positional fit, athleticism and defensive toughness. So much of Green’s natural abilities come completely effortless to him and that, along with his high-effort level, are key to him to having a long career, regardless of where he goes in the draft.

Certainly the swing skill for Green in realizing his potential is his jump shot and the returns from his one-and-done season in Tucson are encouraging as he shot 36.1 percent from three on 83 attempts last year. And the rest of Green’s offense is largely limited to transition opportunities and a budding ability to put the ball down in the floor as a way to beat overzealous closeouts from opposing defenders.

With the Bucks’ wing depth chart in flux heading into this compacted offseason, it’s possible that they replenish that part of their roster through the draft and with someone of Green’s capabilities.

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While Green alone doesn’t address some of the big pressing needs the Bucks are looking to fill this offseason, he is at least on their radar and Bucks fans should act accordingly. We’ll have you covered here for any more rumors in the lead up to next week’s draft.