Milwaukee Bucks: 3 needs to address in the 2021 NBA Draft

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The Milwaukee Bucks need to address their size in the frontcourt during the 2021 NBA Draft

Throughout this title run, this Milwaukee team prided itself on having a size advantage on numerous occasions.

Their size was a key factor in the series victory over the Atlanta Hawks in the Eastern Conference Finals, often running supersized lineups that some would call untraditional. However, with uncertainty surrounding Bobby Portis’ future in Milwaukee as he ponders a player option for next season, the Bucks could look to add some size to potentially replace Portis in the second unit.

Another important thing to note, Brook Lopez will be turning 34 during the next NBA season. Lopez has certainly been extremely important for Milwaukee, particularly on the defensive side of things, but there is no guarantee in how long he can keep it up. With that in mind, the Bucks could benefit from adding a young big with the 31st pick, allowing him to develop behind a savvy veteran like Lopez.

There are plenty of big men in this draft, and some are projected to be available at the beginning of the second round. There is no clear-cut answer on Portis’ future, and the Bucks could air on the side of caution and bring in a young big man to potentially fill that hole. It will take the young player some time to get up to speed at the NBA level, but it could be beneficial for the player to get a role such as Portis’ role if given the opportunity.

Potential candidates: Day’ron Sharpe, Charles Bassey, Greg Brown

Milwaukee has plenty of options heading into the second round of the NBA draft. Any position that can be addressed will give some added depth to that position. While the player selected likely will not have an immediate impact, their development could be important for Bucks rosters down the road.

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The Thursday night draft will be full of promising young players, and the Bucks are in the position to acquire some first-round talent early in the second round.