Milwaukee Bucks: 5 options for No. 10 selection in 2016 NBA redraft

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Milwaukee Bucks: Brook Lopez, Indiana Pacers: Domantas Sabonis
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No. 1 option for the Milwaukee Bucks in 2016 NBA redraft — Domantas Sabonis

The Bucks thought they were selecting their center of the future when they picked Maker with the 10th pick, but the better option was right there for the taking. Domantas Sabonis went exactly one pick after Maker to the Orlando Magic at 11 and was immediately traded to the OKC Thunder to begin his career.

Sabonis would legitimately take off when he was traded to the Pacers after his rookie year in a deal with Victor Oladipo. Since then, the big man has earned two All-Star nods and has improved in each passing season. While he can score the basketball impressively, Sabonis is well-known for his pristine passing ability for a player of his side. He has quite the highlight reel as is, but imagine if he paired up with Antetkounmpo. Those Sabonis-to-Antetokounmpo lob passes for dunks would have been something special to watch.

The Bucks indeed picked a center, but it ultimately proved to be the wrong one. If they were dead set on adding size in this draft and not just infatuated with the potential with Maker, then Sabonis would be the clear-cut option in this redraft. The fit would have taken some getting used to for all parties, but it could have developed into something promising if all went according to plan.

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The 2016 NBA Draft was an odd one, and it is interesting to think about how things would have worked out if the Bucks selected any of these players.