It is officially draft day, which is always an exciting day for Milwaukee Bucks fans… until you look and see that the Bucks only hold the 58th pick in the 2023 NBA Draft.
Yes, the Bucks have the very last pick in the draft, meaning that there is a chance tonight could be rather uneventful for the Bucks and their fans. However, rumors have swirled about the possibility of them trading up into the late-first or early-second round, according to The Athletic’s Sam Vecenie (Subscription required). Moving up in the draft would make things much more interesting for the Milwaukee Bucks.
Several teams (Hornets, Pacers, Grizzlies, Blazers, Kings, Spurs) currently hold multiple picks in the 24-45 range of the draft, meaning that they may be looking to trade some of those picks. The Bucks have a second-round pick next year that they may look to trade, and there is also the chance that they trade one of their role players (Grayson Allen, Bobby Portis, Pat Connaughton) to move up if there is a player they really like.
The players in the late-first and early-second round of this year’s class are thought to be more high-floor, NBA-ready players than in years past, so they could serve as cheap, young role players on a title-contending team like the Bucks.
Here are seven guys (in no particular order) that the Bucks could target if they trade up tonight:
Milwaukee Bucks target: Olivier-Maxence Prosper (Wing/Forward – Marquette)
Height: 6’8″ / Weight: 210 lbs / Wingspan: 7’1″
I know I’m a Marquette fan so I’m biased, but O-Max Prosper would be an awesome fit on this Bucks team. He has great length and athleticism, and those physical tools are what make him an awesome defender. One of the Bucks’ biggest needs in the past few years has been wing defense, and that is Prosper’s strong suit. He swarms opponents with his on-ball defense, and he looks like an NBA-ready defender. Offensively, he is good off the ball as a cutter, and he can also hit threes at a decent rate. If he can hit some jumpers at the next level, he should be a role player with a long career as a 3-and-D wing.