4 2024 NBA Draft prospects who could help the Milwaukee Bucks on the wing

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Alex Karaban, UConn

From Bryn Forbes to Grayson Allen to Malik Beasley, the Milwaukee Bucks have needed reliable shooters to maximize Giannis Antetokounmpo's driving ability, and UConn sophomore Alex Karaban fits the bill perfectly.

He shot a scorching 49.5 percent from the field in his sophomore season, including a respectable 38 percent from three. His ability to stretch the floor would create driving lanes for Giannis and open up scoring opportunities for his other teammates.

Standing at 6-foot-8, his height is definitely more suited for the forward spots than shooting guard. But make no mistake, Karaban isn't just a shooter; he's a smart player who understands the game. He makes good decisions with the ball, can find open teammates within the offense and cuts effectively without the ball. This intelligence would seamlessly integrate him into the Bucks' system, known for its emphasis on ball movement and efficient shot selection.

Much like his fellow Huskie-turned-Buck Andre Jackson Jr., Karaban was a key contributor to UConn's back-to-back national championships. He understands the pressure of winning and thrives in high-stakes situations. This winning mentality aligns perfectly with the Bucks' championship aspirations.

Karaban's defense isn't his strongest suit, though, even if he isn’t necessarily a liability on that end of the floor. His sophomore season showed he can struggle against bigger or stronger wings from time to time due to his relatively lanky frame. The Bucks' defensive system and coaching staff could help him improve in this area, but it might take time — a luxury the Milwaukee Bucks don’t necessarily have much of these days.

If versatility is the goal heading into this draft, another thing to take into consideration is that Karaban isn't a primary ball-handler or scorer. His offensive value lies in his efficiency and ability to play within the flow of the offense. The Bucks already have Giannis as their primary creator, so this shouldn't be a major concern. However, developing some additional playmaking ability would further enhance his value.

Karaban might not be a starter right away, but his skill set screams "ideal sixth man" for the Bucks. He can come off the bench, provide instant offense with his shooting, and contribute to ball movement with his IQ. His championship experience and winning mentality are valuable intangibles.

Alex Karaban might not be the flashiest prospect, but his floor spacing, basketball IQ, and championship pedigree make him a perfect fit for the Milwaukee Bucks. If he can improve his defense and develop some additional playmaking skills, he could become a key contributor to their championship chase.