The Milwaukee Bucks’ perspective of the June NBA draft is looking substantially different than it did just a few weeks ago.
A trio of players who were projected by most NBA scouts to be mid-first round selections has decided not to enter the draft, which is June 25. Those players are Caris LeVert, a shooting guard from Michigan, Kris Dunn, a point guard from Providence, and Jakob Poeltl, a center from Utah.
According to sources, the Bucks had more than a passing interest in the 7-foot Poeltl, a native of Austria who averaged 9.1 points and 6.8 rebounds as a freshman this season.
The decision by Poeltl to remain in college certainly doesn’t help the Bucks in their quest to draft a big man.
According to several scouts, the only center who could now be chosen in the middle of the first round -- the Bucks have the 17th overall selection -- is Frank Kaminsky of Wisconsin.
Kaminsky is generally regarded a lottery selection, a top 14 pick. He figures to be a potential selection for Miami (which currently has the 10th pick) and Utah (currently No. 12).
However, if Kaminsky doesn’t fare well in his upcoming individual workouts, it’s conceivable he could slip to the Bucks, who could definitely use another center who can rebound and shoot efficiently from mid-range.
One might imagine the Bucks are set at the point guard position, especially after making a midseason trade for Michael Carter-Williams and Tyler Ennis.
There are some NBA officials, though, who contend the Bucks aren’t totally sold on Carter-Williams, just like they weren’t completely sold on Brandon Knight, whom they dealt to Phoenix in the deal in February.
Interestingly, the best players who could be available to the Bucks when they draft are point guards. There are four point guards who are generally expected to be drafted between 14 and 25: Jerian Grant of Notre Dame, Cameron Payne of Murray State, Tyus Jones of Duke and Delon Wright of Utah.
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