After finishing with a league-worst record of 15-67, the Milwaukee Bucks hoped to have the number one pick. The Cleveland Cavaliers, of course, won the number one overall pick in the draft lottery despite having the just the ninth-worst record in the league, leaving the Bucks with the second-overall pick.
Although the Bucks won’t ultimately get to choose from any player, there is still a decent chance they wind up with the prospect they wanted in the first place and many believe that prospect could be former Duke Blue Devils’ forward Jabari Parker. The Bucks could use a talented scorer like Parker and Parker is reportedly open to playing for the Bucks.
According to former Duke assistant and current Marquette Golden Eagles’ head coach Steve Wojciechowski, via Michael Hunt of The Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel, Parker would be a great fit for the Bucks.
The possibility of Jabari Parker playing for the Bucks struck Steve Wojciechowski like no one else in Milwaukee.
“It’s going to be weird having the No. 2 pick baby-sitting my kids,” the new Marquette coach said with a laugh.
Of course, the Bucks would actually have to use their draft pick on June 26 on the Duke star, whom Wojciechowski coached as an assistant last year in Parker’s only season with the Blue Devils. Wojo’s insights on the 6-foot-8 forward match his enthusiasm for having Parker back with him in the same town.
“With the Bucks and Jabari, that would be an amazing situation for both parties,” he said. “He’d be a slam dunk, a grand slam, whatever you want to call it. He’d be a great, great pick for the Bucks.”
Parker went for 19.1 points, 8.7 rebounds, 1.2 assists, 1.2 blocks and 1.1 steals per game while shooting 47.3% from the field, 35.8% from beyond the arc and 74.8% from the free throw line last season. The last time Parker was officially measured, he came in at 6’8.5 and 240 lbs. with a wingspan of 6’11.5 at the Kevin Durant Camp in 2013. Jonathan Givony ranks Parker as the third-best prospect in the draft behind a pair of former Kansas Jayhawks’ teammates, center Joel Embiid and forward Andrew Wiggins and currently projects the Bucks to select Parker.