We’re very close to finding out the newest member of the Milwaukee Bucks.
The Bucks own the No. 24 pick in this year’s NBA draft – but who they might select is up for considerable debate.
There’s plenty of guesses on which direction Milwaukee might go in the draft and we’ve rounded them up for you with the picks of 30 mock drafts.
Even with that many mocks, nine players were mentioned multiple times as projections for Milwaukee’s selection at 24. At the very least it should make for an interesting night as the Bucks’ pick approaches.
Here’s a final look from around the web at who the mocks have the Bucks taking June 23:
Jeremy Woo of SI.com: Jaden Hardy, SG, G League Ignite. “While Milwaukee hasn’t used a first-round pick for itself since 2018, the Bucks have their key players under contract next season and have a good opportunity to add some youth to the roster through this draft. Trading back could also be an option here. But developing a talented scorer like Hardy might be enticing and could give their backcourt a different dimension. His stock fluctuated heavily this year, but he ended the season on a positive note and has a lot to offer on the offensive end, particularly if he’s able to adjust his shot selection and become more efficient. He’s a talented shot-maker, he has a good frame at his size, and it should help that he’s already been tested by the G League. Once projected as a lottery pick, Hardy becomes a nice value play in this range of the draft, and there’s enough upside here that it’s worth finding out.”
Broderick Turner of the Los Angeles Times: Nikola Jovic, F, Serbia.
Kevin O’Connor of The Ringer: Dalen Terry, G, Arizona. “The Bucks have a number of key free agents this offseason, including Pat Connaughton and Bobby Portis. With Brook Lopez having just turned 34, it could be argued Milwaukee should target a big man here. I’ve had them select Walker Kessler in previous mocks. But you can easily make an argument for them to add a wing with 3-and-D qualities. Terry can also handle the ball and has the ability to attack off the bounce and pass off the dribble.”
Kyle Boone of CBSSports.com: Andrew Nembhard, PG, Gonzaga. “Nembhard isn't a top-25 talent in the 2022 NBA Draft but he is easily one of the 25 most NBA-ready prospects in the 2022 NBA Draft. That should matter to a Bucks franchise that's in win-now mode trying to maximize its title window with Giannis. Nembhard isn't a blow-by-you athlete but he's a solid point guard who can shoot and distribute well enough to contribute to winning for a contender.”
Matt Norlander of CBSSports.com: Jaden Hardy, G, G League Ignite. “A tough projection. Hardy was not efficient last season while playing for G League Ignite. He shot just 26.9% from 3 and 37.9% from 2 in 25 games. At 6-4, his size is just on the cusp of being big enough to warrant franchises giving him a first-round grade. He has a good wingspan and has clearly shown an understanding of how to use pick-and-roll to exploit defenses with his playmaking ability and good-not-great jumper. He's a project, but the tools are there to grow into an off-the-bench combo guard.”
Colin Ward-Henninger of CBSSports.com: Jalen Williams, SG, Santa Clara. “Williams could end up being the steal of the draft if he falls this far. The 21-year-old wing should be ready to contribute immediately, with his 7-2 wingspan allowing him to guard multiple positions. He's a knock-down 3-point shooter who can also be a secondary creator with his passing and pick-and-roll proficiency, which will come in handy for a Bucks team that needs help on the wing.”
David Cobb of CBSSports.com: Jaden Hardy, SG, G League Ignite. “Hardy led G-League Ignite in scoring but did it on just 35.1% shooting in 12 games. The former No. 4 overall prospect from the 2021 recruiting class has plenty of upside, but it's going to take some risk-tolerance to use a first-round pick on him.”
Krysten Peek of Yahoo Sports: Kennedy Chandler, G, Tennessee. “Chandler had a rocky start to his one year at Tennessee but closed out the season well and demonstrated his dog-like mentality. He played at a high level in the NCAA men's tournament. He has a second burst that's tough to defend and a tight handle, and his passing improved as the season went on.”
Sam Vecenie of The Athletic ($): Jake LaRavia, F, Wake Forest. “It would be a surprise to see LaRavia fall out of the top 35. He’s shot extremely well in pre-draft workouts and has convinced teams he can be a high-volume shooter who makes them. He tested well athletically at the combine and has the kind of confident mindset that tends to be successful at the next level among role players. The Bucks need shooters next to Giannis Antetokounmpo, and LaRavia has the kind of size and shooting intersection that would be a good fit. His range starts in the late teens.”
John Hollinger of The Athletic ($): MarJon Beauchamp, PF, G League Ignite. “Milwaukee would be another great landing spot for Liddell; he’s gonna have a lot of fans in this stretch if the picks aren’t traded. Beauchamp is raw in a lot of ways, but bringing a high-energy forward off the bench might help goose the Bucks’ somewhat-sluggish second-unit play. Milwaukee doesn’t have any players in this size/position profile with a last name shorter than 13 letters. Speaking of which, a Milwaukee trade of pick 24 to Orlando for picks 32 and 35 makes too much sense to ignore. The Bucks could take a stash player with one (such as Italian Gabriele Procida) and select a player with the other and sign him to a rookie-minimum deal, which would save about $5 million in salary and luxury tax for what is likely the team’s 14th and final roster spot. That savings would increase if the Bucks raise their tax bill further by shelling out to retain both Bobby Portis and Pat Connaughton and using their taxpayer midlevel exception.”
Dick Vitale of ESPN: Dalen Terry, G, Arizona.
Ian Winderman of RecentlyHeard.com: Jaylin Williams, F, Arkansas. “Insurance at power forward due to potential free agency of Bobby Portis.”
Bryan Kalbrosky of For The Win: Ismael Kamagate, C, France.
Kyle Irving of Sporting News: Blake Wesley, G, Notre Dame. “The Bucks were in desperate need for a playmaking punch without Khris Middleton in their second-round loss to the Celtics. Wesley could be an interesting option for Milwaukee as a quick and shifty guard who has hardly scraped the floor of his potential as a player. Wesley has tight handle and changes direction in the blink of an eye, knifing through defenses. He's a capable passer off the dribble, but he did tend to force it and turn the ball over at times. He's a raw prospect but could provide some help for the Bucks' lacking backcourt depth.”
Sean Barnard of ClutchPoints: Blake Wesley, G, Notre Dame. “He is still fairly raw in his development, but Blake Wesley has some impressive NBA tools. His 6’5″ frame and ability to score the basketball are sure to make an impact at the NBA level. The Notre Dame product has an impressive handle, is a good shot creator, and possesses playmaking potential. He will be a nice addition to the Milwaukee bench with the potential to grow into a larger role moving forward.”
Zak Hanshew of NBC Sports Edge: Walker Kessler, C, Auburn. “Milwaukee already has a dominant frontcourt with Giannis Antetokounmpo, Brook Lopez and Bobby Portis, but neither Portis nor Lopez are on long-term deals, and the former is only getting older. Bringing in a guy like Kessler (who swatted 4.6 shots per game last season) would give another dimension to Milwaukee’s defense.”
Vincent Frank of Sportsnaut: MarJon Beauchamp, F, G League Ignite. “Speaking of having the ability to go upside, Milwaukee would be doing back flips if a talented Beauchamp was available at 24. The 6-foot-7 wing played extremely well in the G-League and displayed flashes of brilliance on both ends of the court. This would be a coup.”
NBADraft.net: E.J. Liddell, PF, Ohio State.
Cody Taylor of Rookie Wire: Nikola Jovic, F, Croatia. “Jovic, who was born in Serbia, was named the ABA League Top Prospect after averaging 12 points, 4.8 rebounds and 3.6 assists in 29 games with KK Mega Basket last season. He shot 41.4% from the field, including 31.5% from 3-point range. He can space the floor and has also shown promise as a ballhandler and rebounder. The Bucks, as a team built to win now, could look to take him here as a player with prior professional experience that can add depth to the frontcourt.”
Jonathan Wasserman of Bleacher Report: E.J. Liddell, PF, Ohio State.
Adam Finkelstein of 247 Sports: Nikola Jovic, PF, Serbia. “Nikola Jovic is a long-term stock but an intriguing one because of his combination of size and crafty skill, specifically as a passer and playmaking threat from the frontcourt. Milwaukee can run back the Giannis Antetokounmpo development plan here.”
Ari Koslow of Fantasy Pros: Dalen Terry, G, Arizona. “One of the more versatile players in this class, Terry is a true team player who can defend almost any position. He doesn’t lack confidence or intensity, and we started to see his jump shot improve as well down at Arizona.”
Jeff Zillgitt of USA Today: Nikola Jovic, F, Serbia. “The Serbian is another European sharpshooter who spends a lot of time at the 3-point line and shot 35.6% from long range in the ABA pro league in 2021-22. He can also be a playmaker. At the start of the season, he received votes from NBA executives as the best international player not in the NBA.”
Sam Amico of Hoops Wire: Jaden Hardy, SG, G League Ignite.
NBA Draft Room: Jake LaRavia, PF, Wake Forest. “A versatile forward who is young for his class. Put up big numbers this year at Wake. Could have a first round promise.”
Jordan Schultz of The Game Day: Max Christie, G, Michigan State. “This is a big upside play here for GM John Horst and the Bucks, who need to get younger and more athletic on the perimeter. Enter Christie, a gifted wing with tangible two-way ability if he’s coached up and given time to properly develop.”
NetScouts: Nikola Jovic, SF, Serbia.
Brett Siegel of SI.com/Fastbreak: Kennedy Chandler, G, Tennessee. “Given the fact that Brook Lopez is coming off an injury-riddled year and the fact that Bobby Portis will be pursued by other teams in free agency, addressing their depth in the frontcourt is an option for Milwaukee, but this team could really use some more backcourt depth behind veteran Jrue Holiday. Kennedy Chandler is the best guard still on the board here given his playmaking abilities and the fact that he is only 19-years-old, yet he plays like a multi-year veteran. He barely turned the ball over at Tennessee and is a strong pick-and-roll ball-handler, making him a nice fit behind Holiday with the Bucks. This is not a flashy pick by any means, but Kennedy Chandler could fill a void this team has in their backcourt, especially if the team looks to move on from veteran George Hill as their backup point guard this offseason.”
Andrew Norton of Lineups.com: Walker Kessler, C, Auburn. “Kessler should be an obvious choice for Milwaukee with the 24th pick simply due to the fact that it will need someone to take over Brook Lopez’s role once he retires or begins to show signs of being less effective. Lopez had a significant back injury for most of last season, and his absence did cause issues for Milwaukee, even though Bobby Portis did a terrific job absorbing his minutes and volume. Still, Kessler could be a solid starting big guy for a long time in this league. His upside probably isn’t as an All-Star, but that’s not what the Bucks need.”
Tankathon: Jaden Hardy, SG, G League Ignite.
Jaden Hardy, G, G League Ignite -- 5
Nikola Jovic, F, Serbia -- 5
Dalen Terry, G, Arizona -- 3
MarJon Beauchamp, F, G League Ignite -- 2
Kennedy Chandler, G, Tennessee -- 2
Walker Kessler, C, Auburn -- 2
Jake LaRavia, F, Wake Forest -- 2
E.J. Liddell, PF, Ohio State -- 2
Blake Wesley, G, Notre Dame -- 2
Max Christie, G, Michigan State -- 1
Ismael Kamagate, C, France -- 1
Andrew Nembhard, G, Gonzaga -- 1
Jalen Williams, G, Santa Clara -- 1
Jaylin Williams, F, Arkansas -- 1