With the 2014 NBA Finals in the rear view mirror, the complete and total focus of the basketball universe will soon shift to the upcoming 2014 NBA Draft. By this point, it is common knowledge that the ultra-fortunate Cleveland Cavaliers have secured the number one overall pick, but with the trio of Joel Embiid, Andrew Wiggins and Jabari Parker separating themselves from the pack, the Milwaukee Bucks are in prime position with the second selection.
This week, it appears that the Bucks will take an up close and personal look at all three players.
Milwaukee Bucks will host all three of Wiggins, Joel Embiid and Jabari Parker this week.
— Jeff Goodman (@GoodmanESPN) June 16, 2014
As Jeff Goodman of ESPN reports, Embiid, Wiggins and Parker will all be working out for the Bucks in Milwaukee, and this is, quite obviously, the right thing to do for the franchise. The majority of reports center on the Cavaliers leaning toward Joel Embiid after his back reportedly checked out last week, but going through due diligence on each of the three players is the way to go.
Because Milwaukee’s current roster is completely in flux after a terrible season on the court in 2013-2014, drafting for “need” should be out the window, and the Bucks should simply grab the player that they like best for the long term. At this point, the consensus seems to be that Jabari Parker is the most NBA-ready, with a split on who has higher upside between Embiid and Wiggins.
Rumblings have centered on Milwaukee’s leadership, and more specifically general manager John Hammond, trying to save his job, and if the Bucks elect to go with Parker, it will wreak of a gesture at a quick turnaround. Stay tuned.