By JIM RUTLEDGE
Starting with a few picks before the Milwaukee Bucks went on the clock in the 2012 NBA draft, my inner monologue went as follows:
"Please don't take Tyler Zeller, please don't take Tyler Zeller."
"Thank God that Jared Sullinger back issues will keep him away from the Bucks."
"Are the Bucks really going to draft a possible James Worthy clone in Royce White, OMG this is going to be awesome!"
"Oh no! John Henson is still on the board, the Bucks are going to pick him.."
I had all those thoughts before I learned he benched 185 pounds...five times...during workouts. I'm not bragging when I say I can bench 185, five times. It's not bragging because it's not impressive!
Look, I understand that Henson has a 7-foot-6 wingspan and that hurts his ability to bench press but my overall point is that he's weak for the NBA and his frame may not allow him to get much stronger.
To apply a baseball stat here, I honestly don't know what the WAR difference between Henson and the recently traded Jon Leuer is. Maybe Henson will prove me wrong but the NBA draft wastelands are filled with long, skinny, offensively challenged big men.
To avoid presenting a problem without a solution I'll state that I unapologetically wanted Royce White to be a Milwaukee Buck. He's an amazing talent that plays the position that only a few have played EVER in the NBA, point forward. I can think of Magic Johnson, Lebron James and James Worthy...so obviously I think White could be special.
I'm not blind to the fact that he has serious mental issues that he needs to handle but I thought the reward far outweighed the risk with White.
Doron Lamb, G, Kentucky
I love this pick for the Bucks! They took a first round talent in the second round and they picked up a player with a plus skill, shooting. The Bucks can defend but they struggle to score. In a perfect world he's a long term answer at shooting guard but at the least I think he can be an immediate rotation guy. Maybe this is another Michael Redd pick?
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