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Plan A: Target Joel Embiid
Plan B: Fall Back on Jabari Parker
If he's listed as healthy and available, the Milwaukee Bucks need to target Joel Embiid, who offers game-changing potential as a two-way 7-footer.
Brandon Knight, Larry Sanders, John Henson—all nice players. But not game-changers.
And you don't pass on Embiid because of Sanders. However, you do pass on Embiid if he's not fully cleared by doctors. And if that's the case, or Embiid is off the board, then I'd play the safest bet in the field.
If I'm the Bucks, I have Jabari Parker ranked No. 2 ahead of Andrew Wiggins.
At 6'8", 235 pounds, with the ability to play down low, he's a better complement to Giannis Antetokounmpo, who plays mostly on the perimeter.
Wiggins and Antetokounmpo—two skinny wings who operate from similar spots on the floor—are both all about potential as opposed to instant-impact talent. And if you're Milwaukee, I'm not sure you want your top two guns to be all about potential, which doesn't offer much certainty.
Parker offers as much certainty as any prospect on the board, along with All-Star upside worthy of the No. 1 pick.
With Parker, the Bucks get a sure thing who fits perfectly into the lineup. And he gives this franchise, which has been fairly silent, something to get excited about in 2014-15.