June 21, 2007

Bucks setting sights on Wright, Conley?

Category: Bucks — Patrick Stumpf @ 11:33 pm

With the NBA Draft rapidly approaching, GM Larry Harris is probably starting to feel the pressure of making his selection a little more.  After last year, when the Bucks of course didn’t have a first rounder, Harris’ job was fairly easy, saying that he would just sit back and make his pick based on who he thought was the best player available.  This year is definitely a little different year for Harris, who may have his job in jeopardy come next season, if the Bucks’ record does not improve. Yes, Harris can’t control when his players get hurt, but he does make critical decisions. Two years ago, when the Bucks signed Bobby Simmons away from LA, everyone in Milwaukee was very excited to land the “Most Improved Player” from the year before. But now after two injury riddled seasons and minimal playing time on the court, Harris needs to nail this offseason to give himself and the Bucks a chance to go deep into the playoffs. With the #6 pick, their has been discussion that the Bucks may want to maximize value, by trading the pick to Golden State, who wants Chinese phenom Yi Jianlian, for their pick (#18 overall and Jason Richardson). Richardson would then most likely slid into the 3 spot, landing Bobby Simmons on the bench. If the Bucks keep the pick, which is the more attracting option to some, the consesus picks have probably narrowed down to Ohio State point guard Mike Conley Jr. and North Carolina forward Brandan Wright. Wright, if available, would probably be picked over Conley, but it all depends on how Harris views his team. If he feels they can resign Mo Williams for a reasonable price or not. In the second round, I would look for the Bucks to take Purdue Carl Landry, brother of Wisconsin’s Marcus Landry, whom the Bucks fell in love with after his workout. I will be attending the Bucks draft at the Bradley Center as a member of the press, so I’ll give you the lowdown on both picks when they go down.

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