After months of speculation on who the Bucks would draft, the talk finally came to an end after the Bucks surprised many and took D.J Wilson with the 17th pick in the 2017 NBA draft.
Despite Wilson starting off his collegiate career slow, he had an excellent final season at Michigan. While 11 points, 5.3 rebounds and 1.5 blocks per game doesn’t sound like much, this was a huge improvement from his sophomore year. In his second season at Michigan, he averaged just 2.7 points, 0.7 rebounds and 0.3 assists over the duration of the season.
These notable improvements didn’t go unnoticed, as at the end of his final season he received both the University of Michigan’s Rudy Tomjanovich Most Improved Player Award and the University of Michigan’s Loy Vaught Rebounding Award.
- Physical Profile: At 6’10″, Wilson has the perfect physical profile for a modern big man. Although he mostly plays power forward, his body allows him to play both the four and the five.
- Versatile Offensive Skill Set: Unlike most stretch bigs, Wilson can do a little bit of everything. His skill set allows him to handle the ball, post up, and he even has a pick and roll game. His offensive versatility is very unique for his size and will be very useful to the Bucks,
- Defensive Potential: With the combination of his 7’3″ wingspan and his agility, he is bound to become a great defender. These traits allow him to contest shots no matter what position they are while containing about any player regardless of their size or speed. Wilson will soon become a great defensive player.
- Toughness: Growing up as a wing, Wilson doesn’t have much experience as a big man. Since he is new to being a big man, he has trouble being as a physical as most centers and power forwards. Wilson often shies away from contact which is one of his worst traits. This forces him to settle for contested shots, miss shots some easy shots in the post, and sometimes get dinged despite his frame. This is something that comes with time, so as he gets more experienced as a player this area should improve.
- Rebounding: Despite his size and wingspan, rebounding is a big concern for Wilson. Wilson tends to miss box outs and often gets buried under the rim. Though this is a concerning area, it is a lot of like his other weakness; the trait will develop for the better over time.
Now that the suspense is finally over and Wilson is a member of the Bucks, it is time to get back to basketball.