Milwaukee Bucks Narrowed Down to Three Options
According to Chad Ford’s most recent mock draft, the Milwaukee Bucks have narrowed their search down to three candidates: point guards Shane Larkin and Dennis Schroeder and scoring forward Glen Rice, Jr.
Larkin and Schroeder make a lot of sense if Milwaukee expects to lose Monta Ellis and/or Brandon Jennings to free agency this summer, because they’ll certainly need depth at point guard if that ends up happening. However, Schroeder may not even play in the NBA this season, which would be friendly to the Bucks’ cap space for this summer but not so much for their rotation if both of their top guards leave and no replacement is available to come in behind them.
Schroeder, if that is who they really want, should be available outside of the lottery, but there’s growing interest in Larkin as a lottery pick, despite his small size. If he goes to a team like Utah or Dallas before Milwaukee even gets a chance at him, the choice for the Bucks could come down to Schroeder or Rice, with whom they’ve had some successful meetings. Very few mocks have had Rice projected as high as pick No. 15, but without some of his off-the-court issues, that’s probably right about where he’d be picked.
This news does suggest that Milwaukee will not select a big man with this pick, and considering their depth at that position, that shouldn’t come as too big a surprise. Unfortunately, big men are probably going to be among the best players available at that point in the draft, so Milwaukee may have to buck the big board in favor of taking a player at a position where they’re going to need help.