Ranking the Milwaukee Bucks 3 biggest needs in 2022 NBA Draft

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#1: The Milwaukee Bucks need to add wing depth in the 2022 NBA Draft

That’s right, folks, I’m pushing the wing agenda for the Bucks pick in this draft again. I’ve made it no secret that the Bucks need depth on the wing, whether it’s a big wing in the mold of P.J. Tucker or a more traditional wing similar to Khris Middleton.

There will be options at number 24 for both. I’ve made it clear that E.J. Liddell out of Ohio State is my number one option for the Bucks at this pick but there are plenty of other intriguing selections. Bryce McGowens from Nebraska, Caleb Houstan from Michigan, Patrick Baldwin Jr. from Milwaukee, and Kendall Brown from Baylor are all a bunch of fun, upside swing wings that would fit the bill of adding wing depth to take some of the pressure off of Middleton but also just give them more options when they go small with Antetokounmpo at center.

We saw in the second round of the playoffs that without Middleton, things became very difficult for the Bucks to defend against Jayson Tatum and Jaylen Brown. Matthews and Holiday held up well, but once the Celtics hunted switches against Hill, Grayson Allen, and Pat Connaughton, the size mismatch was evident.

I could see the Bucks searching for depth at this position in free agency or trades because they need help immediately. A few of these guys in the draft are very young and likely wouldn’t be a factor later in the playoffs but it’s still the number one need in my books.

A good offseason for me would be to use their taxpayer mid-level exception on a decent wing (or acquire one in a trade, perhaps Royce O’Neale?) and also use the draft pick on one as well. Am I getting my hopes up and setting myself up for disappointment when they don’t get Liddell or O’Neale? Probably, but it’s fun to have hopes!

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The Milwaukee Bucks don’t have a ton of resources to tweak the roster this offseason but their draft pick may be the best among those assets.