Milwaukee Bucks: 5 options for No. 17 selection in 2015 NBA redraft

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Milwaukee Bucks: George Hill, LA Clippers: Montrezl Harrell
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No. 3 option for Milwaukee Bucks in 2015 NBA redraft — Montrezl Harrell

The fit here would have been somewhat concerning here for the Bucks, but they would likely not hesitate to choose a future Sixth Man of the Year winner if they could. The same sentiment goes for many of the other teams that passed on Montrezl Harrell before he was selected 32nd overall by the Houston Rockets.

Harrell would get off to a slow start with the Rockets in his first two seasons, genuinely taking off after being traded to the LA Clippers. Over the past four years, the big man has transformed into one of the best bench players in the league, taking home 2019-20 Sixth Man of the Year honors after averaging 18.6 points, 7.1 rebounds, and 1.1 blocks per game. No team could have predicted that the second round stud could have developed into that type of player, and he proved himself to be a steal at 32.

Just as the case was with Nance, Harrell would have joined an overly-crowded frontcourt with the 2015-16 Bucks. His fit next to Monroe, O’Bryant, and Antetokounmpo would have been crammed due to his inability to shoot from the perimeter, asserting himself as a scoring threat closer to the hoop throughout his career. That might have certainly made things awkward at times as the team ranked 21st in 3-point percentage the following season with the Vaughn pick.

Harrell may never have developed into the player that he is today had he never been traded to the Clippers. Regardless, the Bucks could have taken a swing on him at 17 in the 2015 draft.