Bucks own stockpile of draft picks beyond possible No. 1 overall selection

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Charles F. Gardner, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
Saturday, April 19, 2014

The Milwaukee Bucks will have the best chance at landing the top overall pick in the June 26 National Basketball Association draft and can drop no lower than the No. 4 overall selection.

And the Bucks have three second-round picks, their own pick at No. 31 overall and two picks acquired via trades (No. 36 overall and No. 48 overall).

The NBA released the 2014 draft order and conducted tiebreakers in New York on Friday.

Most of the excitement involves Milwaukee’s chance to grab the No. 1 pick for the first time since 2005, when it moved up from sixth to first and drafted Utah center Andrew Bogut. The Bucks finished with a league-worst 15-67 record to gain a 25 percent chance of drafting first overall.

A talented top end of the draft pool includes Kansas freshmen Andrew Wiggins and Joel Embiid and Duke freshman forward Jabari Parker, who announced Thursday he was entering the draft.

But the 2014 draft also should have some decent prospects early in the second round, where the Bucks have two selections.

The Bucks have the No. 36 pick via Minnesota and Phoenix, a pick that originally belonged to the Los Angeles Lakers. Milwaukee acquired that pick as part of the Luke Ridnour deal with the Timberwolves last summer.

And the Bucks get the No. 48 pick that belonged to Toronto, a pick acquired from the Suns as part of the three-team trade in July that also involved the Los Angeles Clippers (free agent J.J. Redick went to the Clippers as part of a sign-and-trade deal).

Milwaukee also acquired a 2015 second-rounder selection from the Clippers as part of that deal.

The last time the team with the worst record won the lottery was 2004 when the Orlando Magic drafted Dwight Howard.

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