Bucks Add More Shooting With Their Second-Round Picks
Milwaukee Bucks have done well in the second round of the NBA Draft before. Michael Redd became an All-Star and an Olympian as a second-round pick. Malcolm Brogdon won Rookie of Year as a second-round draft pick. While he didn’t get drafted by the Bucks, Milwaukee had the foresight to have Khris Middleton be included in a trade for Brandon Jennings. Again, Middleton was a second-round pick. While Milwaukee gave their first pick to New Orleans for Jrue Holiday, they got a second-rounder from Orlando then as part of the Holiday deal got another second-rounder. Milwaukee drafted Jordan Nwora of Louisville and Sam Merrill of Utah State.
Nwora can get buckets from deep. That is exciting to see. He can light it up at any moment. And that is something you want off your bench. He is a volume shooter with range. Nwora was a first-team All-ACC, one of the best conferences in basketball. Nwora isn’t just a three-pointer shooter either. He gets to the free-throw line a bunch which is something to like. He is long as well being 6’7 with a 6’10 wingspan. There is a chance he can contribute right away for the Bucks’ bench.
While Nwora gets buckets from deep, Merrill can do. The Utah State graduate is cold-blooded. He shot 42 percent from deep and 89 percent from the free-throw line. He also is a pretty good ball handler and has the ability to find the open mane with some solid assist numbers. At 6’5, he is a bit undersized, but if he can play a little bit of the 1 or 2, that would be a big boost. He isn’t entirely athletic and old. He is 24 which is very old for an NBA Draft pick. He can contribute right away just like Nwora.
The biggest takeaway from the Bucks’ draft is they were able to get two guys who can really shoot the basketball as well as be ready right away to play. There are no projects here which is the right move for a team trying to win a title. Hopefully, Nwora and Merrill can be factors this season.