The NBA Draft is coming up, which means The Game Haus will be doing draft profiles for each NBA team. Each day, a new team will be analyzed for their past season, their team needs and targets. Today, the Milwaukee Bucks will be evaluated.
The Milwaukee Bucks finished the regular season with a record of 60-22. This led to them having not only the best record of the Eastern Conference, but of the league. The Bucks went through the playoffs easily beating their first two opponents. They swept the Detroit Pistons in the first round, then beat the Boston Celtics 4-1 in the second round. The Bucks made it to the Eastern Conference finals before losing to the Raptors in a 4-2 series.
The Bucks had an impressive season. They ranked first in points per game (118.1), third in field goal percentage (47.6) and first in total rebounds (49.7). The Bucks played well, and their star player helped lead them to success.
This year, Giannis Antetokounmpo averaged 27.7 points, 12.5 rebounds and 5.9 assists. Antetokounmpo is an MVP candidate with a bright future, but he needs the right supporting cast. With the potential free agency of Khris Middle, who has a player option and Malcolm Brogdon being a restricted free agent, their supporting cast could change.
The Bucks have one pick in the 2019 NBA Draft.
First Round: Pick No. 30
Point guard depth- The Bucks have their starter in Bledsoe, but the future of their backup is uncertain. George Hill has an $18 million salary next season, but only $1,000,00 is guaranteed. If the Bucks waive him (and don’t bring him back for a cheaper deal), they can find options in the draft.
Shooting-The Bucks were 15th in 3-point percentage. They could benefit from a reliable 3-point shooter, especially in situations where Antetokounmpo drives to the basket and dishes it out to a player on the perimeter.
Big Men- Brook Lopez and Nikola Mirotic are free agents this summer. In the event they do not return, the Bucks can look for other options in the draft.
First Round: Pick No. 30: Bruno Fernando, Forward, Maryland
Fernando is a 6-foot-10 forward from Maryland, who averaged 13.6 points and 10.6 rebounds. Fernando is a project but has a lot of potential. He is an athletic big man that plays above the rim. He also has a good motor and can move up and down the floor well. Fernando also has the tools to develop a jump shot. While he is error-prone and raw, Fernando he gives teams such as the Bucks a big to work with.