Milwaukee Bucks 2020 NBA Draft: Select Jordan Nwora with 45th pick

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After acquiring the 45th overall pick earlier Wednesday, the Milwaukee Bucks have selected Louisville forward Jordan Nwora at that spot in the 2020 NBA Draft.

After sitting on the sidelines throughout much of Wednesday night, the Milwaukee Bucks have made the first of their two picks in the 2020 NBA Draft.

With the the 45th overall pick, the Bucks have selected Louisville junior Jordan Nwora, which has since been confirmed by the team themselves. the Bucks had originally acquired the 45th pick from the Orlando Magic earlier Wednesday in exchange for future draft compensation.

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Nwora had originally entered the pre-draft process last year as a sophomore and was one of the more high-profile prospects to back out of the 2019 NBA Draft. Of course, the Bucks didn’t end up using any pick last year.

Having wrapped up his three years in Louisville, Nwora brings a strong body of work after emerging as a star for the Cardinals.

The New York native is coming off a junior campaign in which he averaged a team-leading 18 points on .440/.402/.813 shooting splits, along with 7.7 rebounds and 1.3 assists across 31 appearances. He also was named to the All-ACC first team last year and took home the ACC Most Improved Player award as a sophomore the previous year.

The Milwaukee Bucks clearly value shooting all over their roster and Jordan Nwora brings that as one of the best shooters in the class.

With Nwora, the Bucks are getting plenty of shooting, one of the biggest needs they need to address on their incomplete roster at the moment.

Nwora has proven to be a dangerous high-volume 3-point shooter at the collegiate level as he attempted 452 3-pointers and hit such shots at a 39.4 percent clip. With the size he brings at 6’7″ and armed with 6’10” wingspan, Nwora offers up some versatility off the ball and potentially both forward spots, should he be up for the challenge.

Jake Weingarten of Stock Risers, who had originally reported of the Bucks’ interest in Nwora before they ultimately selected him, gave a little insight into the Bucks’ thought process and how pleased they are to come away with Nwora with the 45th pick.

Bucks general manager Jon Horst has talked about the Bucks improving on their shooting and hopefully having that translating in a playoff setting. Nwora certainly brings that and then some. While the Bucks’ roster remains in flux, including with one situation in particular, they get a player who hopefully can help them raise their overall 3-point efficiency next season.

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With all of that out of the way, let’s give a hearty welcome to Milwaukee, Jordan! We look forward to see you play in Milwaukee in the seasons to come.