Milwaukee Bucks: 5 options for No. 2 selection in the 2014 NBA redraft

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No. 1 option for the Milwaukee Bucks in 2014 NBA redraft — Nikola Jokic

The Bucks were not the only team to pass on Nikola Jokic as he fell to the Denver Nuggets with the 41st pick in the second round. Ultimately, no one knew much about the big man coming out of Serbia, but he has developed into a household name during his time in the NBA.

Jokic has racked up three consecutive All-Star appearances and just won the NBA’s 2020-21 MVP honors for a historically great season. He averaged 26.4 points, 10.8 rebounds, and 8.3 assists per game, which is practically unheard of for a player of his stature. While no one could truly fault the Bucks for passing up on him, things certainly would have been interesting if they had taken him.

Playing as a point-center, Jokic’s fit with Antetokounmpo would have formed a formidable duo in the frontcourt. Jokic’s pristine passing ability would have worked wonders for Antetokounmpo’s game, forming a lethal one-two punch on the offensive end. Thinking about the alley-oop passes that Jokic would have thrown to Antetokounmpo, these two could have been the most exciting duo in the NBA. Looking back to then, who would have guessed that these two players would combine to win the last three NBA MVP awards?

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