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Believe it or not but the NBA draft is four weeks (minus one day) away.

The draft order is set. The combine is over. 

The Milwaukee Bucks own the No. 24 pick in this year’s selection process. Of course, the Bucks haven’t had – or kept – their first-round selection since 2018.

That being said, the Bucks don’t own a second-round pick this year or a first-round pick in 2023, ’25, ’26 or ’27 (and New Orleans could swap picks in 2024). Maybe this will be the year Milwaukee takes and keeps a player in the first round.

With roughly a month before the draft, here’s what the mocks around the web have the Bucks selecting come June 23:

Jeff Goodman of Stadium: MarJon Beauchamp, SG/SF, G League Ignite. “He’s got long arms, is athletic and has taken an interesting path. He decided to work with a trainer for a year instead of going the college route, then went back home and played at Yakima Valley junior college before joining the G League Ignite. He’s a tough, hard-nosed wing who will need to work on his perimeter shot.”

Kyle Boone of CBSSports.com: Kennedy Chandler, PG, Tennessee. “Chandler is the smallest of any prospect in the top 60 of our rankings, so that stands out as a potential concern projecting him into the NBA. But if anyone can overcome that, it's him. Chandler's a lightning-quick talent who can blow by defenders and knows how to masterfully manipulate defenses with the rock in his hands.”

Gary Parrish of CBSSports.com: Wendell Moore Jr., SF, Duke. “Moore shot above 40% from 3-point range in his final season at Duke. The bet here is that his jumper is a translatable skill, which would be valuable in a place like Milwaukee, where chasing championships with Giannis Antetokounmpo is the goal for the foreseeable future.”

David Cobb of CBSSports.com: Johnny Davis, SF, Wisconsin.

Jeremy Woo of SI.com: Jaden Hardy, SG, G League Ignite. “Milwaukee could use another scorer to upgrade the backcourt, making them an interesting fit for Hardy, a talented shooter who still needs to round out the rest of his game. Hardy’s stock fluctuated heavily this year, but he ended the season on a positive note and should have flashed enough to maintain first-round interest. He’s going to have an uphill climb toward ideal efficiency, but he can make shots, has fairly good size and ultimately benefited from the challenge of the G League. While Hardy may no longer be projected as a lottery talent, there’s still reason to believe he ultimately finds a niche as a supporting scorer. The Bucks haven’t kept a first-round pick since 2018, but many of their future firsts belong to other teams and the roster is getting older. This might be a good juncture to keep their pick and add a young talent.”

Brett Siegel of SI.com/Fastbreak: Kennedy Chandler, PG, Tennessee. “Kennedy Chandler would be a good value pick for Milwaukee not only because he supplies them with much-needed guard depth behind Jrue Holiday, but because Chandler showed flashes of his playmaking and facilitating potential at Tennessee. Being a very poised guard, he did not really turn the ball over much his freshman year and Kennedy Chandler is a strong pick-and-roll ball-handler, something that could sit well with Bucks' management.”

Kyle Irving of the Sporting News: Blake Wesley, SG, Notre Dame. “The Bucks severely lacked a playmaking punch without Khris Middleton in their second-round loss to the Celtics and it would be wise to address that need in the draft. Wesley is an intriguing option as a quick and shifty guard. He just barely scraped the floor of what he has to offer as a player down the road during his one season at Notre Dame. 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 to the Bucks' lacking backcourt.”

Krysten Peek of Yahoo Sports: E.J. Liddell, PF, Ohio State.

Sam Vecenie of The Athletic ($): Terquavion Smith, SG, NC State. “A big riser up the board. Smith had a terrific season offensively with the Wolfpack as a freshman, averaging 18.3 points per game in ACC play and shooting 40.1 percent from 3 on a ridiculous nine attempts per game. He’s an awesome shot maker that creates them off the bounce and has real suddenness to his game off the bounce. He doesn’t finish well on drives, and the less said about his defense, the better. But last year, Josh Primo and Tre Mann proved there is a real first-round market for elite 3-point marksmen who create their own looks off the bounce and have enough youth to grow into the rest of their game. The Bucks could use more floor-spacing and shot-creation depth, as shown in the playoffs this year.”

Cody Taylor of Rookie Wire: Jaden Hardy, SG, G League Ignite. “Hardy recently called himself the top prospect in the draft and feels as though he is overlooked at this point. He entered the season widely projected to be a top-five pick but is now considered a late first-round selection. He slipped on draft boards due to a variety of issues, such as his shooting, after converting only 30.9% from 3-point range on 7.5 attempts per game. He also recently opted against participating in scrimmages at the combine, something that could hurt his stock a bit since many believed he stood to benefit by performing well. He will still likely get a look around this range and the Bucks could be a good destination as a team with a strong developmental system.”

Ricky O’Donnell of SB Nation: E.J. Liddell, PF, Ohio State. “Liddell is trying to make the transition from college star to NBA role player after an outstanding three-year career at Ohio State. A 6’7, 240 pound forward with a 7-foot wingspan, Liddell has the length, strength, and improving skill level to develop into a quality NBA four. He made major strides as a shooter every season with the Buckeyes, and hit 37.4 percent of his threes on 123 attempts this year. He also looked a little quicker laterally on the defensive end while doubling his block rate (8.5 percent this season) from his sophomore to junior years. A player like Grant Williams serves as a good model for what Liddell can become if the shooting improvement he showed as a junior at OSU is for real.”

Danny Cunningham of Complex: Patrick Baldwin, SF, Milwaukee. ”Patrick Baldwin Jr. is a local kid that has the talent to be a first-round pick but didn’t have a very strong showing in his only year in college. He’s got all the tools to be a star, but the question about whether or not it will come to fruition. His jumper is visually appealing but he didn’t shoot it all that well from the outside in an admittedly small sample size. That’s a skill that could improve in the NBA, especially with a much lighter burden on his shoulders. If he can hit open threes and play good defense then things will work out for him in the NBA.” 

Zak Henshaw of NBC Sports Edge: Wendell Moore Jr., SF, Duke. “Milwaukee has its choice of several talented players here, but Moore’s three-point prowess will make him the clear choice. The 6’5 wing shot over 41% from beyond the arc last season and proved his worth on the defensive end of the court. He’ll be a great addition to a team that could always use more shooters to surround Giannis Antetokounmpo. The Bucks’ offense made Grayson Allen a fantasy star in the early goings of 2021-22, so maybe we’ll see a similar spark from Moore.”

Joe DiTullio of The Game Haus: Walter Kessler, C, Auburn.

Andrew Norton of Lineups.com: Terquavion Smith, PG, NC State.

Kyle Williams of Fantasy Pros: Jaden Hardy, SG, G League Ignite.

NBADraft.net: Jalen Williams, SG/SF, Santa Clara.

NBADraftRoom.com: Terquavion Smith, PG, NC State. “A combo guard who had a breakout season for the Wolfpack and is getting a lot of pre-draft buzz.”

Tankathon: MarJon Beauchamp, SG/SF, G League Ignite.

FIRST-ROUND TALLY

Jaden Hardy, SG, G League Ignite - 3

Terquavion Smith, SG, NC State - 3

MarJon Beauchamp, SG/SF, G League Ignite - 2

Kennedy Chandler, PG, Tennessee - 2

E.J. Liddell, PF, Ohio State - 2

Wendell Moore Jr., SF, Duke - 2

Patrick Baldwin, SF, Milwaukee - 1

Johnny Davis, SF, Wisconsin - 1

Walter Kessler, C, Auburn - 1

Blake Wesley, SG, Notre Dame - 1

Jalen Williams, SG/SF, Santa Clara - 1