Although the Milwaukee Bucks obviously hoped their league-worst record of 15-67 would get them the top-overall pick in the 2014 NBA Draft, that didn’t happen. [category-related]
Instead, the Bucks, and the rest of the teams in the top eight, were jumped by the Cleveland Cavaliers, meaning they will have to settle of the second-overall selection in the draft.
With three highly sought after players – former Kansas Jayhawks’ teammates, center Joel Embiid and forward Andrew Wiggins, and former Duke Blue Devils’ forward Jabari Parker – the Bucks still will likely have their pick of two of those prospects.
However, according to Charles F. Gardner of The Journal Sentinel, the Bucks are having trouble scheduling workouts with any of the top three prospects.
Bucks director of scouting Billy McKinney said Tuesday that discussions are continuing with representatives for Andrew Wiggins, Joel Embiid and Jabari Parker, considered the power trio of the June 26 draft.
“Our preliminary discussions are to get them in, or chances are we’ll have to go there,” McKinney said. “The mountain won’t come to Mohammed.
“I still think there’s a lot of thinking on their agents’ part of, ‘Hey, he’s not going to be there at 2.’ We’re going to have to be a little creative…which you have to do certain times to go out and get your private discussion and workouts in. That’s all part of it.”
Embiid averaged 11.2 points, 8.1 rebounds, 2.6 blocks and 1.4 assists per game last season while Wiggins put up 17.1 points, 5.9 rebounds, 1.5 assists, 1.2 steals and 1.0 blocks per game and Parker went for 19.1 points, 8.7 rebounds, 1.2 assists, 1.2 blocks and 1.1 steals per game.