Fans of the Milwaukee Bucks are on Cloud 9 after the team was involved in a three-team trade with the Portland Trail Blazers and the Phoenix Suns in which the Bucks acquired point guard Damian Lillard.
This trade has instantly made the Bucks the preseason favorite to win the NBA Championship. We no longer have to watch Giannis Antetokounmpo run into people in the fourth quarter because Lillard is one of the best clutch players in the game. The Bucks needed a clutch player because Miami knocked the Bucks out of the first round of the NBA Playoffs last season even though Milwaukee had the best record in the Eastern Conference at 58-24.
Plus, the Bucks have added two draft picks to the team that is built to win right now.
Round 2, Pick 6: Andre Jackson, Jr. - F - UConn. 6'6", 210 lbs (6.7 ppg, 6.2 rpg, 4.7 apg).
Jackson dropped into the second round because of his perimeter shooting (28.1% 3PT FG%), but he has the skills of a point forward because he is strong enough to get rebounds and then bring the ball up the court in transition. He should see some time off of the bench this season while continuing to develop his outside shooting.
Round 2, Pick 28: Chris Livingston - F - Kentucky. 6'6", 220 lbs (6.3 ppg, 4.2 rpg).
Livingston was fortunate that he was drafted after being a virtual no-show in his one year at Kentucky. He will be given time to develop in the G League.
Overview: Adding Jackson to this nucleus is a good move. Grade: C.