If the Cleveland Cavaliers do what many expect and use the number one-overall pick to select former Kansas Jayhawks’ center Joel Embiid, the Milwaukee Bucks will almost assuredly select one of three prospects – Embiid’s Kansas teammate, forward Andrew Wiggins, former Duke Blue Devils’ forward Jabari Parker and Australian point guard Dante Exum.
Parker would give the Bucks the type of offensive player the day, a talented prospect that could eventually be their number one option (or in the Bucks’ case, he could be their top option on day one). The Bucks are also very interested in Exum could either trade Brandon Knight or move him to shooting guard.
However, Chis Mannix believes the Bucks will ultimately go with Wiggins over Exum and Parker.
Could the Bucks really pass up Wiggins here? Maybe. The Bucks have had long looks at all the top prospects — including Dante Exum, who worked out for Milwaukee over the weekend — and seem impressed by each of them. Parker is viewed as the most NBA-ready but most scouts still see Wiggins as having the highest ceiling. Also, Wiggins can play two-guard, a plus for the Bucks, who already have Giannis Antetokounmpo at the three. There is no consensus on this pick. For now, expect them to lean towards Wiggins.
Wiggins averaged 17.1 points, 5.9 rebounds, 1.5 assists, 1.2 steals and 1.0 blocks per game for the Jayhawks last season while shooting 44.8% from the field, 34.1% from beyond the arc and 77.5% from the free throw line. Wiggins is ranked as the top prospect in the draft by Jonathan Givony of Draft Express and is projected to go number one overall.