NEW YORK, NY (LEARFIELD-WSAU) Once again, the team with the N-B-A's worst record will not get the top pick in the June 26th draft. But the Milwaukee Bucks did nail down the Number-two selection during last night's lottery -- and new owners Marc Lasry and Wesley Edens were very happy with that.
Edens' 18-year-old daughter Mallory appeared on stage during the T-V broadcast. Her father said the Bucks would have had great options, even if they were given their lowest possible spot at Number-four -- but the two-slot should give them something even better.
Kansas center Joel Embiid and guard Andrew Wiggins are among the possibilities -- along with forwards Julius Randle of Kentucky, Jabari Parker from Duke, and Australian point guard Dante Exum. Edens also criticized the notion -- expressed most recently by an N-B-A general manager -- that the top picks will want to avoid Milwaukee. The new owner says the city is a great place to live and play, and they'll all want to work out there.
Bucks' G-M John Hammond will make the selections. He was given at least a short-term vote of confidence by the new owners, with two years left on his contract. Hammond said he feels better about getting the Number-two instead of the worst-case scenario at four. He expressed disappointment that Cleveland shot up from the ninth spot to win the Number-One pick. The Cavs had a one-point-seven percent chance of winning it. The Bucks had a 25-percent shot.