2011 NBA Draft: Milwaukee Bucks Preview

Grant Tucker@@grant_tuckerContributor IIMay 18, 2011

2011 NBA Draft: Milwaukee Bucks Preview

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    NEW YORK - FEBRUARY 05: Brandon Jennings #3 of the Milwaukee Bucks celebrates victory over the New York Knicks at Madison Square Garden February 5, 2010 in New York City. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or usi
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    The Milwaukee Bucks were praying for a miracle in the 2011 NBA draft lottery. They didn't get their wish, but they were somewhat happy after receiving the 10th overall selection.

    The Bucks led the NBA in games missed due to injury (277) last season and didn’t have their entire roster healthy for one day last season. The main priority for the upcoming year would have to be health, and the Bucks will look to show that in their draft selection.

    Here are my five potential draft picks for the Bucks at the 10th spot.

Alec Burks: SG, Colorado

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    KANSAS CITY, MO - MARCH 11:  Alec Burks #10 of the Colorado Buffaloes drives with the ball against the Kansas Jayhawks during their semifinal game in the 2011 Phillips 66 Big 12 Men's Basketball Tournament at Sprint Center on March 11, 2011 in Kansas City
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    Alec Burks possesses extraordinary ability on the offensive end of the court. He loves to create contact and get to the line, while he also has touch around the rim and can drive to the basket in any direction.

    Burks is able to excel in transition opportunities because of his lethal combination of speed, skill and strength. He has the ability to create his own shot, which is essential at the pro level. He is also a very unselfish player who possesses the ability to make the extra pass.

Kawhi Leonard: SF, San Diego State

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    Kawhi Leonard played positions across the floor at San Diego State. He is very active on defense and possesses a unique combination of power and athleticism on offense.

    The part of Leonard's game that could use the most improvement would have to be his mid-range to perimeter jump shot. It has improved but could use a lot more work to be an asset against highly skilled defenders.

Marcus Morris: PF, Kansas

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    Marcus Morris is a very skilled, versatile power forward who had a rather successful final year at Kansas. He averaged 17.2 PPG but was unable to carry his team far into the NCAA tournament, as the Jayhawks were upset by VCU in the Elite Eight.

    Morris has the ability to play a David West-type role in the NBA, but he needs to improve his jump shot. The best part of his game is his strength around the basket. Together Andrew Bogut and Morris could create a deadly high-low post game.

Jimmer Fredette: PG, BYU

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    NEW ORLEANS, LA - MARCH 24:  Jimmer Fredette #32 of the Brigham Young Cougars warms up prior to their game against the Florida Gators in the Southeast regional of the 2011 NCAA men's basketball tournament at New Orleans Arena on March 24, 2011 in New Orle
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    Multiple national player of the year award winner Jimmer Fredette averaged 28.9 PPG during his final year at BYU. He possesses an outstanding ability to shoot the basketball, as he is lethal from anywhere past half court.

    The negatives surrounding Fredette have been on the defensive end, as well as whether his game will translate well to the pro game

    There were only a handful of defenders in college basketball that could slow down Fredette's ever-improving repertoire of moves off the dribble. He is definitely the most offensively skilled player in this year's upcoming draft.

Tristan Thompson: PF, Texas

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    TULSA, OK - MARCH 20:  Tristan Thompson #13 of the Texas Longhorns walks off the court after their 70-69 loss to the Arizona Wildcats in the third round of the 2011 NCAA men's basketball tournament at BOK Center on March 20, 2011 in Tulsa, Oklahoma.  (Pho
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    Tristan Thompson was very inconsistent during his freshman year at Texas. He struggled in most of the big-time games during the season. Thompson makes up for his undersized 6'8" size with a long 7'2" wingspan and a solid 235-pound frame.

    He has a strong base and core, which made up for his lack of post moves at the college level, but to excel in the NBA he will need to improve both his strength as well as his skill.


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