5 2024 NBA Draft prospects who could help the Milwaukee Bucks at power forward

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Tyler Smith - NBA G-League Ignite

Standing at a lanky 6-foot-11 with a developing frame, NBA G-League Ignite product Tyler Smith possesses the size and athleticism to play both power forward and center. Yet, his skill set goes beyond physical tools.

Much like incumbent starter Brook Lopez, Smith offers a good amount of shooting potential, as the big man embodies the modern NBA big. His developing 3-point shot creates spacing nightmares for opposing defenses, opening driving lanes for Giannis. This ability to hit open shots complements Giannis' drive-and-kick game perfectly.

While not a natural point-forward, Smith showcases flashes of passing ability. He can operate out of the high post, finding open shooters and creating scoring opportunities for teammates. This unselfishness would mesh well with Giannis' dominance in the paint.

While still raw defensively, Smith possesses the tools to become a valuable contributor. He's not as prolific on this end as the other names on this list, but his length allows him to contest shots at the rim, and his athleticism allows him to switch onto smaller forwards on the perimeter.

If his developmental progress pans out, it's conceivable that the Bucks' coaching staff could refine his defensive awareness, turning him into a more well-rounded defender.

At just 19 years old, Smith is also still just a project type of player - but one with immense potential. The Bucks, with their championship core already established, could afford to develop him. In a few years, Smith could blossom into a floor-spacing threat and a switchable defender, complementing Giannis' prime window.

Smith plays with a relentless motor, giving his all on both ends of the court. This dedication to hustle aligns perfectly with the Bucks' culture. He's also known for his coachability while being eager to learn and improve his weaknesses. This would allow the Bucks to mold him into the system, maximizing his skillset within their championship framework.

Tyler Smith might not be a household name, but his shooting potential, intriguing playmaking, defensive potential and long-term upside make him a high-ceiling prospect for the Bucks. If they land him at the right price, Smith could be the developmental piece who extends their championship window for years to come.