The Milwaukee Bucks ended up with two late second-round selections in the NBA draft.
What the future holds for those players is, of course, up in the air, but it’s never too early to grade the selections!
It’s a bit harder to find grades on second-round picks, but we’ve culled a few as well as overall grades for the Bucks draft.
Bookmark this page and check back in a few years to see how well the graders did. For now, though, enjoy the marks for Milwaukee’s 2021 draft class:
Kyle Boone of CBSSports.com: B+. “Mamukelashvili is one of the more productive college players to get drafted and his combination of size and skill presents real upside at 54 for the Bucks. He averaged 3.2 assists per game last season for Seton Hall at 6-foot-11, as the Pirates funneled their offense through him and capitalized on his strong passing ability. He also showed he can step out and knock down 3s after making 43.4% from deep two seasons ago.”
Cody Taylor of Rookie Wire: A-.
Zach Buckley of Bleacher Report: C.
Madison Blue of Times News Express: B+. “Mamukelashvili is one of the more productive college players to get drafted and his combination of size and skill presents real upside at 54 for the Bucks. He averaged 3.2 assists per game last season for Seton Hall at 6-foot-11, as the Pirates funneled their offense through him and capitalized on his strong passing ability. He also showed he can step out and knock down 3s after making 43.4% from deep two seasons ago.”
Sam Vecenie and John Hollinger of The Athletic ($): No grade but Vecenie had him ranked No. 45. “Can’t emphasize enough how weird his game is. He’s going to be a very situational player. Needs to find a team that will be willing to take advantage of his ability to grab and go and lead the break, as well as his dexterity and fluidity with the ball in his hands. He also needs to find the right home defensively with a scheme that can insulate him. There are limited parameters where he’s going to be truly successful, but if the right team can unlock him and he gets the jumper figured out in terms of consistency, he could be a legitimately interesting third big man” Hollinger: “Milwaukee acquired this pick from Indiana and got an interesting player in Mamukelashvili. He’s a big who can handle the ball and has some playmaking and rim attacking in him, but his lack of shooting and plus athleticism is a limitation that may keep him from playing that role at the NBA level. I don’t hate this pick but Like RaiQuian Gray, Aami Simms and Moses Wright a little better.” Hollinger said he would have taken Gray.
Kyle Boone of CBSSports.com: “The last time Milwaukee dipped into Greece for a prospect, it worked out fairly well. This time they go a little bit older in 22-year-old Kalaitzakis. He's easy to like because of his guard skill and wing size (6-foot-8), and he gives the team a potential stash option to develop long-term.”
Cody Taylor of Rookie Wire: B+.
Zach Buckley of Bleacher Report: D.
Madison Blue of Times News Express: B-. “The last time Milwaukee dipped into Greece for a prospect, it worked out fairly well. This time they go a little bit older in 22-year-old Kalaitzakis. He’s easy to like because of his guard skill and wing size (6-foot-8), and he gives the team a potential stash option to develop long-term.”
Sam Vecenie and John Hollinger of The Athletic ($): No grade but Vecenie had him ranked No. 101. “Interesting player! He’s a 6-foot-7 ballhandler out of Greece who had a great reputation as a teenager but has never quite developed in the way that evaluators had hoped. He can handle the ball and make passes as something of a point forward, but he hasn’t been able to establish himself as a true rotation guy yet because he can’t really shoot and makes some wild decisions whenever he has the ball. He’s a pure stash pick for the Bucks.” Hollinger: “Opa! The Bucks close out the draft by selecting a Greek guy, which based on past history is a tremendous move. I saw Kalaitzakis at a youth tournament three years ago and was impressed by his quickness and slashing ability at 6-7, but his career has really stalled out since then because he can’t shoot and is too turnover prone. He’s likely a long-term stash that we won’t be seeing on this side of the pond any time soon.”
Colin Ward-Henninger of CBSSports.com: C-. “The defending champs didn't get much immediate help on draft night, as they traded the No. 31 pick for two late second-rounders who might not even earn a roster spot. You'd like to think they could have gotten an impact player with the first pick of the second round, but clearly they have other plans in mind.”
Scott Gleeson of USA Today: C.
Kyle Irving of NBA Australia: C.
Raphielle Johnson of NBC Sports Edge: C. “The versatile Mamukelashvili has the potential to give the Bucks some immediate depth on the back end of their rotation, as he can score on multiple levels and is also a solid passer. He wouldn't be considered a lockdown defender by any stretch, but Mamu isn't a liability, either. As for Kalaitzakis, he's likely a draft-and-stash player who will remain in Europe for at least one more season.”
Zach Braziller of the NY Post: C. “The Bucks made some local fans happy by taking Seton Hall’s Mamukelashvili after trading out of the first pick of the second round. He may get to guard Giannis Antetokounmpo in practice, which should be a real welcome to the NBA moment for the skilled forward from the Republic of Georgia.”
Harrison Graham and Chad Senior of Chat Sports (video): C.
Joe DiTullio of GameHaus: C. “The Bucks won’t get someone to immediately help their title defense, but Mamukelashvili is a skilled big man, even if he does lack some athleticism. Kalaitzakis is a draft and stash candidate.”
Josh Cornelissen of Hoops Habit: C. “Mamukelashvili is a stretch big who can handle and run, but he’s going to be cooked defensively. Kalaitzakis was a deep pull as a draft-and-stash from Greece; maybe Giannis gave them an inside scout? Neither player will make an impact anytime soon, and there’s a good chance not at all. The Bucks essentially traded out of this draft.”