The 2016 NBA Draft was certainly an interesting one for the Milwaukee Bucks, to say the least.
The Bucks selected Thon Maker with the No. 10 overall selection, a move that surprised many at the time, considering the big man had not been ranked in many top 10 boards. Maker was largely an unknown prospect at 19-years-old and viewed as more of a project player that could develop over time. The budding center would join a frontcourt rotation loaded with talent with name such as Giannis Antetokounmpo, Greg Monroe, John Henson, and Miles Plumlee, among others.
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Despite NBA Hall of Famer Kevin Garnett declaring that Maker would be a surefire MVP one day after a workout and that he reminded him of himself, things did not quite pan out that way.
Maker would last two and a half seasons with the Bucks before requesting a trade during the 2018-19 season due to a lack of playing time, and the team granted his wish with a trade to the Detroit Pistons, ending his brief potential-filled tenure with the Bucks.
Ultimately, the team took a massive swing by selecting Maker, and it just did not work out as they hoped. Looking back on it, the team would likely change things if they could. With that being said, here are five options for the Bucks in a 2016 NBA redraft.
No. 5 option for the Milwaukee Bucks in 2016 NBA redraft — Dejounte Murray
Many believed that the Bucks were hunting for a guard in this draft, and Dejounte Murray would have been a great selection for them at 10. The two point guards that the Bucks ran with the next season were Matthew Dellavadova and Gary Payton II, and Murray would have given the team a younger option to take the reigns for a team that was steadily on the rise.
After being selected 29th overall by the San Antonio Spurs, Murray has quietly developed into one of the most underrated players in the league. He has steadily improved his play with each passing year in his career on both ends and is most well-known for his defense. The guard earned his first – and certainly not his last – All-Defensive selection during the 2017-18 season, showing signs of potential on that side of the ball. Given his reputable stature defensively, Murray would have fit right in, particularly with the current iteration of the Bucks under head coach Mike Budenholzer.
Murray was far from the most coveted point guard in the class, which is why he fell right to the Spurs near the end of the first round. In this 2016 redraft, the Bucks would have taken care of their point guard need by adding one of the more under-the-radar players at the position.