The Bucks won the tiebreaker over the Indiana Pacers on Tuesday for the 17th overall selection in the 2017 NBA Draft.
The Bucks and Pacers both finished 42-40, but the Bucks were lucky enough on Tuesday as it was their ping pong ball that came out of the machine. The Bucks will select 17th and 48th, whereas the Pacers will select 18th and 47th.
The Bucks took Rashad Vaughn with the 17th overall pick in the 2015 NBA Draft. 17th is the lowest Bucks selection since 1998, when they selected 19th.
GM John Hammond has done a solid job lately drafting, no matter what the pick. Giannis was the 15th pick. Thon Maker was the 10th pick. Malcolm Brogdon was selected 34th. If Hammond can find a contributor in the middle of the first round, Milwaukee will be even scarier next season.
The 2017 NBA Draft is one of the best drafts in a long time, not only because of the talent at the top, but because of its depth. Hammond may have multiple players still available at 17 that he likes, which is a luxury that isn’t usually the case when it comes to the NBA Draft.
NBA Draft Express has the Bucks drafting Creighton’s Justin Patton, a center. With Greg Monroe having a pending player option, finding another big man could be a need. Other big men like Caleb Swanigan, T.J. Leaf, Bam Adebayo, and Harry Giles (who would be a risk similar to Thon, so the Bucks could be the one to nab him) were drafted after the Bucks in Draft Express’s mock draft.
However, the Bucks could go in another direction. Hammond may want to draft another shooter to spread the floor around Giannis. In that case, Duke’s Luke Kennard should still be available at 17.
Currently, the Bucks lead a playoff series against the Toronto Raptors 2-1. Picking effectively this year could pay dividends very quickly.