What You Can Get at #17 in the Draft

by Alex Boeder
Bucks.com Writer

For the third time in franchise history — and for the third time since 2015 — the Bucks have the #17 overall draft pick. (Third time is the charm?)

You can look at this a few different ways. You can look at who the recent #17 picks have been (what happened). You can look at who has turned out to be the 17th best player in drafts (what happens on average). And, you can look at the players who turned out to be the best who were available at #17 (what could happen).

What you cannot do is reasonably expect a team to take the player who turns out to be the best one on the board. The odds are always stacked against that. But every time the Bucks have turned into an important team throughout franchise history, it has been a direct result of them striking gold in the draft: Kareem at #1 in 1969, Marques at #3 in 1977, Moncrief at #5 in 1979, Pressey at #20 in 1982, Allen (in a trade) at #5 in 1996, Giannis at #15 in 2013.

2017

Actual #17 pick: D.J. Wilson
Actual 17th best player: Sterling Brown, maybe?
Best players available at #17: John Collins, Kyle Kuzma, OG Anunoby

 

2016

Actual #17 pick: Wade Baldwin
Actual 17th best player: Hmm, maybe Patrick McCaw
Best players available at #17: Malcolm Brogdon, Dejounte Murray, Pascal Siakim

 

2015

Actual #17 pick: Rashad Vaughn
Actual 17th best player: Someone like Norman Powell or Justise Winslow
Best players available at #17: Josh Richardson, Larry Nance, Jr., Montrezl Harrell

 

2014

Actual #17 pick: James Young
Actual 17th best player: I don’t know, Elfrid Payton
Best players available at #17: Nikola Jokic, Clint Capela, Gary Harris

 

2013

Actual #17 pick: Dennis Schroder
Actual 17th best player: Going to go with Nerlens Noel here
Best players available at #17: Rudy Gobert, Allen Crabbe, Andre Roberson

 

2012

Actual #17 pick: Tyler Zeller
Actual 17th best player: Mike Scott perhaps
Best players available at #17: Draymond Green, Khris Middleton, Jae Crowder

 

2011

Actual #17 pick: Iman Shumpert
Actual 17th best player: Might be Brandon Knight or Markieff Morris
Best players available at #17: Jimmy Butler, Isaiah Thomas, Tobias Harris

 

2010

Actual #17 pick: Kevin Seraphin
Actual 17th best player: Not Kevin Seraphin!
Best players available at #17: Hassan Whiteside, Eric Bledsoe, Lance Stephenson

 

2009

Actual #17 pick: Jrue Holiday
Actual 17th best player: Possibly James Johnson
Best players available at #17: Jrue Holiday, Ty Lawson, Danny Green

 

2008

Actual #17 pick: Roy Hibbert
Actual 17th best player: Could be Mario Chalmers
Best players available at #17: DeAndre Jordan, Goran Dragic, Nicolas Batum

 

2007

Actual #17 pick: Sean Williams
Actual 17th best player: Nick Young, NBA champion
Best players available at #17: Marc Gasol, Jared Dudley, Marco Bellinelli

 

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