Aside from taking Giannis Antetokounmpo in the 2013 NBA Draft, the Milwaukee Bucks do not have the greatest track record this past decade when it comes to drafting.
One year after taking the future Finals MVP, the Bucks were given the second selection in the 2014 NBA Draft. They would select Jabari Parker out of Duke, who many believed would be the new face of the franchise. Unfortunately, Parker suffered a slew of injuries throughout his career and has bounced around the league after four seasons in Milwaukee.
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Injuries were the clear-cut culprit as to why Parker never quite lived up to his potential, and it is unfortunate that never blossomed into the star many believed he could be when he first entered the NBA.
Parker was certainly not an outrageous pick at the time, but as we begin a series of redrafts in the Antetokounmpo era, the Bucks would have likely made a different selection in hindsight. With all that being said, here are five options for the Bucks in a 2014 NBA redraft.
No. 5 option for the Milwaukee Bucks in 2014 NBA redraft — Julius Randle
The Bucks selected a highly decorated power forward in Parker with the second pick in 2014, but they passed up on another solid choice in Julius Randle.
Randle would be selected by the Los Angeles Lakers with the seventh overall pick, and while his career got off to a rough start, the forward has turned into a star recently. The forward is coming off his best season to date by earning his first All-Star nod, first All-NBA selection, and the NBA’s 2020-21 Most Improved Player nod. While no one could have predicted that Randle would have a rapid rise to stardom like this, he would have been an interesting pick for the Bucks.
Of course, issues would have surfaced as Antetokounmpo added an unfathomable amount of muscle over the years and made the transition from small forward to power forward. Who knows how that pairing would have panned out between the two, but it could have made for an awkward fit to some degree. Whatever the case, if the Bucks still wanted to bolster their frontcourt with the second selection, taking Randle would have been a feasible option.