10. Milwaukee Bucks : Jakob Poeltl (C-Utah)[graphiq id=”1W6QhzIT7Sd” title=”Jakob Poeltl – Utah Utes” width=”600″ height=”593″ url=”https://w.graphiq.com/w/1W6QhzIT7Sd” link=”http://ncaa-basketball-players.pointafter.com/l/4468/Jakob-Poeltl” link_text=”Jakob Poeltl – Utah Utes | PointAfter” ]
Jakob Poeltl is the safest pick in the draft. He’s not likely to ever make an All-Star team, but he’ll be an effective player in the league for ten-plus seasons.
It’s not a sexy pick to take the rim protector who shores up your interior defense but the Bucks need it. After trading away defensive anchor Zaza Pachulia, the Bucks struggled on the interior in 2015-16.
They were 22nd in opponent’s points in the paint and 23rd in opponent’s points per 100 possessions. This just one season after finishing 7th and 4th in each category respectively.
11. Orlando Magic : Skal Labissiere (PF/C-Kentucky)[graphiq id=”8a1CC4j97h3″ title=”Skal Labissiere – Kentucky Wildcats” width=”600″ height=”593″ url=”https://w.graphiq.com/w/8a1CC4j97h3″ link=”http://ncaa-basketball-players.pointafter.com/l/6110/Skal-Labissiere” link_text=”Skal Labissiere – Kentucky Wildcats | PointAfter” ]
Skal Labissiere was the No. 1 high school recruit in the nation and played Kentucky. He’s supposed to be here. He’s just not supposed to have this many question marks surrounding his game.
Labissiere didn’t have a single game with 10 rebounds and only scored 15-plus points on four separate occasions, against Boston University, South Florida, LSU, and NJIT.
Despite a poor season at Kentucky, Labissiere entered the draft and projects as a first round pick.
New coach Frank Vogel is known for being able to get the most out of young big men, so this will be a good fit.
12. Utah Jazz : Wade Baldwin IV (PG-Vanderbilt)[graphiq id=”22LnbvYtKlv” title=”Wade Baldwin IV” width=”500″ height=”547″ url=”https://w.graphiq.com/w/22LnbvYtKlv” link=”https://www.graphiq.com” link_text=”Visualization by Graphiq” ]
As much as the Utah Jazz are looking forward to getting Dante Exum back from injury, they’re too smart to believe that he will remain healthy during 2016-17.
That’s not to say that Wade Baldwin will start, but he can shoot the three and play defense. That’s always a good thing in a backup guard.