Wednesday, June 15, 2011

2011 NBA Draft Second Round Preview for John Hammond

Milwaukee Bucks general manager only has one pick in the second round of the 2011 NBA Draft at this point so he better make it count after going 0 for 3 in the second round of the 2010 NBA Draft. Here is a look at some of the guys that John Hammond and company should consider drafting in the second round of the 2011 NBA Draft:

Charles Jenkins (SG, Hofstra, 6'3", 220 lbs, 22 years old): There are some very interesting advanced stats that Luke Winn of explained much better than I can for why Jenkins should go much earlier in the draft. Needless to say the Bucks could use a true scorer like Jenkins.

Malcolm Lee (PG, UCLA, 6'6", 198 lbs, 21 years old): The body on Lee alone makes him intriguing. Plus adding a true point guard behind Brandon Jennings would help Jennings be more effective.

Shelvin Mack (PG/SG, Butler, 6'3", 209 lbs, 21 years old): I have a soft spot in my heart for Mack despite how much he torched UWM throughout his career. The Bucks could use a combo guard of the future to help lessen the burden on Brandon Jennings going forward.

Jimmy Butler (SF, Marquette, 6'8", 222 lbs, 21 years old): This looks like a sentimental pick but the Michael Oher of the 2011 NBA Draft is riding the wave of Wes Matthews and Lazar Hayward up draft boards. My guess is that Butler will not even be on the board when the Bucks pick in the second round unless they trade up.

Jon Leuer (PF, Wisconsin, 6'11", 223 lbs, 21 years old): The American Ersan Ilyasova could step in and contribute right away. There is a chance that Ilyasova will leave via free agency after next season so the Bucks not only hedge the loss of Ilyasova but add one of the most skilled shooters for big men in the entire 2011 NBA Draft.

Jeremy Tyler (PF/C, Japan, 6'11", 262 lbs, 20 years old): Much like Brandon Jennings, Tyler passed on playing in college to play professionally overseas. Unfortunately Tyler had a few unsuccessful seasons in Israel and Japan so his draft stock has plummeted. Picking a guy like Tyler is the sort of boom-or-bust move I support the Bucks doing in the second round.

Keith Benson (PF/C, Oakland, 6'11", 217 lbs, 22 years old): A bit of a reach but there aren't a ton of guys like Benson in the 2011 NBA Draft and with the health issues that have plagued Andrew Bogut the last few years the Bucks could certainly uses a real back-up center.

Check back next Wednesday for my look at the potential first round picks for the Milwaukee Bucks in the 2011 NBA Draft.

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