Milwaukee Bucks: 5 options for No. 17 pick in 2017 NBA redraft

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Milwaukee Bucks: Giannis Antetokounmpo, New Orleans Pelicans: Josh Hart

MILWAUKEE, WISCONSIN – FEBRUARY 25 (Photo by Stacy Revere/Getty Images)

The Milwaukee Bucks selected D.J. Wilson with the 17th overall pick in the 2017 NBA Draft, a move that had potential written all over it.

Wilson looked like a solid player coming out of Michigan and could hypothetically play behind Giannis Antetokounmpo in the frontcourt rotation. However, Wilson never quite carved out a steady role for himself with the team over his three and a half years. Averaging 11.9 minutes during his 119 regular season appearances with the team, the forward was primarily sidelined throughout his tenure.

Ultimately, the team would trade Wilson to the Houston Rockets in the renowned P.J. Tucker deal from last season, where he would get a chance to receive steady minutes. Even then, the 25-year-old went unsigned in the offseason and is currently a free agent at the time of this writing.

The Bucks would certainly reconsider their selection if they were given the chance as there were several household names to go after Wilson in that draft class. With that being said, here are five options for the Bucks in a 2017 redraft.

No. 5 option for Milwaukee Bucks in 2017 NBA Draft — Josh Hart

With the final pick of the first round, the Utah Jazz selected Josh Hart, who was then traded to the Los Angeles Lakers. Looking at his progression as a player since being drafted, it would have been compelling to see how Hart might have panned out with the Bucks.

Throughout his first four seasons in the league, the swingman has carved out a place for himself as a swiss army knife. Whether it be scoring, rebounding, or stellar defense, Hart has done it all at a high level. For his career thus far, the Villanova product has averaged 8.7 points, 5.4 rebounds, and 1.6 assists per game. He is currently a member of the New Orleans Pelicans and looks to be a key piece of their future after inking a nice contract extension with them this past offseason.

Hart’s willingness to do the dirty work would have made him a solid fit with the Bucks. Looking at the current iteration of the Bucks, there may have been some overlap in the primary rotation with Pat Connaughton and Donte DiVincenzo – who was Hart’s teammate at Villanova and selected by the Bucks one year later – but he would have been a great addition to their wing depth.

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