Milwaukee Bucks: 5 prospects to avoid with 24th pick in 2022 NBA Draft

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If the Milwaukee Bucks maintain their first-round pick in the 2022 NBA Draft, which they haven’t done since 2018, there will be plenty of intriguing options to select once they’re officially on the clock. This draft features a deep pool of promising players set to achieve their childhood dreams, and the Bucks will have an interesting position as the current holders of the 24th selection.

It’s still certainly possible that Milwaukee trades the pick in an effort to return a more experienced contributor or to offload a hefty contract, but they should ultimately keep the pick to draft a youthful producer that can benefit the organization toward both the present and long-term future.

As the Milwaukee Bucks hold the 24th overall pick in the 2022 NBA Draft, we dive into five potential prospects that the team should avoid.

Given all the realistic prospects that have been linked to the Bucks through in-person workouts, mock drafts, Bucks Twitter, and more, there are some candidates mentioned as potential targets that are being overhyped and simply not an ideal fit in Milwaukee compared to other first-round prospects. In this piece, we’ll examine prospects that the Milwaukee Bucks should avert from.

1. Kennedy Chandler

Initially, Kennedy Chandler is a projected first-round pick that wouldn’t be the right fit for the Milwaukee Bucks at the 24th selection. Chandler is a 6’1″ point guard out of Tennessee with explosive speed, solid athleticism, and a sharp offensive skill set, but his lack of height and length could make him a liability and target on the defensive end of the floor.

His on-ball perimeter defense isn’t the worst. Although, the 20-year-old’s overall projection defensively wouldn’t seem to be good enough for Milwaukee’s top-tier defensive identity and his offensive production likely won’t outweigh his below-average defense at the next level.

Chandler could be compared to former Buck Frank Mason III and Atlanta’s Sharife Cooper, who was also a projected first-round pick and fell to the 48th pick in the second round of the draft last year. Short point guards haven’t found much success in the modern NBA. The Bucks could use another playmaker off the bench, but Kennedy Chandler should not be the answer.