Milwaukee Bucks’ biggest draft mistakes of the last 10 years

Jun 20, 2019; Brooklyn, NY, USA: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports
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Milwaukee Bucks: D.J. Wilson
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Milwaukee Bucks select D.J. Wilson: Pick #17, 2017 NBA Draft

Out of all the draft picks that did not work out, this one probably hurts the most. DJ Wilson looked like he was made in a lab to unlock the Bucks’ small/switch everything lineups with Giannis as the tallest person on the floor. He is tall, long, supremely athletic for his height, and flashed some real defensive instincts when he was locked in.

To this day, I have absolutely no clue who to place the blame on for DJ not becoming a solid rotation player for the Bucks. At the time, it seemed clear that Bud was not giving him a proper chance to iron out some of the wrinkles and showcase his potential. I was firmly on the #FreeDJ movement that spread throughout Twitter and was extremely frustrated at his lack of playing time.

Eventually, both parties needed to move on from one another, and his trade help the Bucks land PJ Tucker, who ended up being an integral piece to the Bucks’ championship run. Since then, DJ has bounced around between teams and the G League, unable to find a landing spot. It seems more than likely now that he just is not an NBA player, and considering who was drafted after DJ, this is a tough pill to swallow.

Noteworthy Players the Bucks Passed On:

  • John Collins – Pick #19
  • Jarrett Allen – Pick # 22
  • OG Anunoby – Pick # 23
  • Kyle Kuzma – Pick # 27
  • Derrick White – Pick # 29
  • Josh Hart – Pick # 30