Despite making at least one "blockbuster trade" in what seems like every season, the Bucks usually get the short end of the stick. However, last year's trade deadline acquisition of Monta Ellis may be the lone exception to this trend.
Milwaukee shipped injury-prone center Andrew Bogut and bench-riding, locker room cancer Stephen Jackson to the Golden State Warriors for Ellis, Ekpe Udoh and Kwame Brown. The Bucks traded two players that weren't contributing to the team in return for Ellis, one of the NBA's most skilled scoring guards, and Udoh, a promising shot-blocker and the sixth overall pick in the 2010 NBA Draft.
Headed into the 2012 draft, the Bucks have several glaring question marks on its roster. Most importantly, forward Ersan Ilyasova is expected to sign elsewhere as a free agent, leaving Milwaukee incredibly thin in its front court.
Milwaukee would love to address its frontcourt deficiencies early in this month's draft, but only if there's a player available who is worthy of being the 12th pick. If there are no elite big men on the board for the Bucks, they'll be forced to look elsewhere with their top pick.
Several issues have yet to be resolved this offseason, and some may be answered prior to the draft, but one question remains as draft day approaches: Who are the best options for the Milwaukee Bucks with the 12th overall pick?