Milwaukee Bucks 2022 NBA Draft Scouting Report: Walker Kessler

Mar 11, 2022; Tampa, FL, USA; Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports
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Milwaukee Bucks Draft Scouting Report: Walker Kessler – Weaknesses

Outside Shooting

Kessler does not have an outside shot at this point in time. He made just 20 percent of his threes last season and was just 21 percent on all jumpers. He also has not been a very good free throw shooting, shooting just 57.7 percent on free throws in his college career, which does not project well for his outside shot as a whole. While it’s not impossible that Kessler could develop an outside shot, there are very few signs right now that point to him being a reliable shooter in the NBA.


While he has very good body control and fluidity for his size, Kessler is still not the quickest or most explosive player. This can hurt him on defense in terms of his switchability on the perimeter, and it also can hurt him when he goes against physical and lengthy defenders. Bucks fans see this issue come into play with Brook Lopez, as although he is able to move around some on the perimeter, his lack of quickness can hurt him when switched onto smaller or quicker players defensively.

Post Scoring

While Kessler is good finishing with dunks, lobs, and rolling to the rim, his post game is not the best. He shot just 12-for-26 on post-ups last season, ranking in the 33rd percentile. He doesn’t have a ton of great post moves and does not look like someone who can really get his own shot at all. It looks like almost all of Kessler’s scoring will have to be from him cleaning up around the rim and others generating offense for him.