Bucks draft grades 2022

Jun 23, 2022; Brooklyn, NY, USA; MarJon Beauchamp (G League Ignite) reacts after being selected as the number twenty-four overall pick by the Milwaukee Bucks in the first round of the 2022 NBA Draft at Barclays Center. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports

The NBA draft has come and gone -- but the thoughts on each pick have just begun.

As usual, we won't know how good or bad any selection was until years down the road. Regardless, it sure is fun talking about it now.

We've culled the web for the draft grades for the Milwaukee Bucks -- both an overall team grade and for each player (although only a few outlets delve into second-round picks). We even calculate the GPA for the first-round selection of MarJon Beauchamp.

Let's get to it. Here's the draft grades for the Bucks in the 2022 NBA draft found around the web:


Kevin O’Connor of The Ringer: B. “The Bucks lacked wings with size and strength during their most recent postseason run. PJ Tucker was obviously missed. Beauchamp can help fill that void as a strong, long defender who sets a tone with his effort. On offense, he needs to improve as a shooter, but if he does he already has the guard skills and intelligence to make the right play within their offense, which is usually: get Giannis Antetokounmpo the ball.”

Jeremy Woo of SI.com: C+. “This is an upside swing for the Bucks, who value size and athleticism on the wing and are a good fit for Beauchamp, who won’t have to do much but play hard and fit in here. I had a second-round grade on him in the end and am slightly concerned about his feel and advanced age, but he’s had an unusual career trajectory and has developed pretty rapidly over the past year. This could certainly pay off for Milwaukee, but I’m not as confident as some.”

Krysten Peek of Yahoo Sports: B+. “A great 3-and-D guard with good size at 6-foot-7. Beauchamp continues to develop his 3-point jump shot and has a significant advantage entering the league, after playing a season with the G League Ignite team.”

Gary Parrish of CBSSports.com: B. “There are quite a few guys on my board who are above him, but that doesn't mean this is a bad pick. He plays extremely hard, and with his athleticism and size, that could make him a real positive factor. He's going to need to figure out his jumper, but his ceiling is there.”

Kyle Irving of Sporting News: B. “Beauchamp is a great fit for the Bucks, who are trying to capitalize on a wide-open championship window. The Ignite forward is a long and athletic defender who does a ton of damage by running lanes in transition and scoring off of cuts. He’s a raw shot creator who will only have to worry about knocking down catch-and-shoot 3s in Milwaukee. Beauchamp should help the Bucks’ rotation right away.”

John Fanta of FOXSports.com: A-. “Getting Beauchamp at No. 24 makes a lot of sense for the Bucks. He adds wing depth to a Milwaukee team that can use it and will fit right Into the organization’s defensive identity. His lack of skills offensively is a concern, but as a defensive specialist, this fits.”

Zach Buckley of Bleacher Report: A-. “The Bucks needed more zip on the wing, and Beauchamp adds plenty of it. He checks virtually every box but outside shooting. Given the three-ball’s importance in the modern NBA, that’s kind of a big one to be unchecked. However, he has touch from mid-range, so there is reasonable hope for expansion. If he adds that to an arsenal already featuring swarming defense, explosive slashing and tight handles, he could be a jack-of-all-trades and master of several. At this point of the draft, this is a great dice roll.”

Ricky O’Donnell of SB Nation: A-. “Beauchamp is a monster defender who plays with a non-stop motor. He’s a long and strong wing at 6’6 with a 7-foot wingspan and often wins with his athleticism. Beauchamp can make plays in transition and showed tremendous shooting touch inside the arc, hitting 57 percent of his two-pointers. His three-point shot is a question mark, but the Bucks will love his intensity and defensive versatility. This is an inspired pick for Milwaukee.”

Chinmay Vaidya of Draft Kings: A-. “The Bucks don’t need immediate help, since they’re returning most of their rotation. They’ve played the long game with prospects and it has worked out well before, so expect this team to be patient with Beauchamp. He could provide some immediate help on the wing with his versatility, but expect Milwaukee to use him sparingly in his rookie season.”

Brad Rowland of Dime/UPROXX: B. “The Bucks are reportedly looking for players that can help sooner rather than later. Beauchamp can certainly do that on the defensive end as one of the better wing defenders in the class. The questions come on offense, where he is relatively limited on the perimeter, but he is an acclaimed worker and Beauchamp’s 7’1 frame and mentality should help.”

Nick Gray of the Memphis Commercial Appeal: B. “Beauchamp will need to improve his defensive activity, but he has shown good scoring ability. Can he defend and help find shots for others?”

Vincent Frank of Sportsnaut: B. “As the second player from the G League Ignite to be selected in the first round of the 2022 NBA Draft, MarJon Beauchamp now joins a perennial contender with the Milwaukee Bucks. A long-armed defender, Beauchamp can also attack the glass, gobbling up rebounds or driving the lane for the easy bucket.”

Bryan Kalbrosky of For The Win: A. “This was one of the most heartwarming moments in the 2022 NBA Draft. MarJon Beauchamp had a very tough road to get to the pros, and he nearly walked away from the game. His different path brought him to the G League last season, and he showed he was ready to play against pros. The Bucks are going to contend for a title, and he’s going to play hard on both sides of the ball.”

Sean Barnard of ClutchPoints: B+. “One of the more unique paths to the draft, MarJon Beauchamp took a stop at Yakima Valley Community College before finding his way to the G-League Ignite. The former top-50 high school recruit averaged 15.1 points, 6.5 rebounds, 2.0 assists, and 1.6 steals in his lone season with the G-League Ignite. Teams were scared off by the 27.3% three-point percentage, but Beauchamp still finds ways to assert himself offensively. He is an impactful defender who makes an impact with his 7’1” wingspan and can swallow up smaller defenders. Beauchamp is a nice long-term addition to Milwaukee.”

GPA: 3.25


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Kyle Boone of CBSSports.com: A-. “With the last pick in this year's draft, Milwaukee adds an appealing 21-year-old in Hugo Besson in the same range I ranked him. At 6-foot-6 he's a shooting threat from anywhere on the court and had solid catch-and-shoot numbers in the NBL last season that could help him translate his game to the NBA, especially if he can improve his playmaking and continue his development as an outside scoring threat.”

Zach Buckley of Bleacher Report: C+.


Kyle Boone of CBSSports.com: B+. “Milwaukee did well for itself in setting out to add pieces who could potentially contribute to winning during its contention window right now. Beauchamp is one of the older prospects in this draft with a strong pedigree coming off a big year with the G League Ignite, and Besson is a fabulous scorer from range at his size.”

Kyle Irving of Sporting News: B. “The Bucks were targeting players who can help contribute to their open championship window and they got that in Beauchamp and Besson. Beauchamp is an athletic wing who can defend multiple positions and score as a cutter or spot-up shooter. Besson is a crafty scorer and playmaker who could eventually run Milwaukee's second unit. The Bucks checked the right boxes here.”

Ethan Sears of the NY Post: B. “Beauchamp has an incredible backstory, going from Yakima Valley Community College to the Ignite, but there are some concerns over his game. His shot needs work, as does his ball-handling. But he is a plus defender and athlete, with an impressive work ethic. He’s also as easy to root for as anyone who was picked on Thursday night.”

Charles Curtis of For The Win: B+. “I LOVE the Beauchamp pick. He could be an immediate contributor and one who can be helpful on both ends of the court.”

Joe DiTullio of GameHaus: B+. “Beauchamp will bring a guard who can get to the basket and create space for others to thrive.”