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Milwaukee Bucks’ Draft History (2006-2015)

Over the past 10 NBA Drafts (2006-2015), the Milwaukee Bucks have made 21 selections without yielding an All-Star.

The following table details the Bucks’ track record by tiers, noting the number of All-Stars and starters selected, along with players who either never made the league or were out in five years or less:

Tier Picks All-Star All-Star Appearances Starter* Not in NBA
1-5 1 0 0 1 (100%) 0
6-10 3 0 0 2 (66.7%) 2 (66.7%)
11-15 3 0 0 1 (33.3%) 1 (33.3%)
16-20 2 0 0 1 (50%) 0
21-25 0 0 0 0 0
26-30 0 0 0 0 0
31-40 7 0 0 1 (14.3%) 3 (42.9%)
41-50 3 0 0 1 (33.3%) 2 (66.7%)
51-60 2 0 0 0 1 (50%)
Total 21 0 0 7 (33.3%) 9 (42.9%)

*Starter criteria determined as an average of 50 or more starts, over at least 40 percent of the player’s career.

The following is the league average over the same tiers:

Tier All-Star Starter Not in NBA
1-5 12 (24%) 30 (60%) 3 (6%)
6-10 8 (16%) 30 (60%) 7 (14%)
11-15 2 (4%) 12 (24%) 8 (16%)
16-20 3 (6%) 10 (20%) 8 (16%)
21-25 2 (4%) 8 (16%) 15 (30%)
26-30 1 (2%) 5 (10%) 20 (40%)
31-40 1 (2%) 11 (11%) 52 (52%)
41-50 2 (2%) 8 (8%) 70 (70%)
51-60 1 (1%) 1 (1%) 87 (87%)
Total 32 (5.3%) 115 (19.7%) 270 (45.0%)

The Bucks drafted a starter who didn’t last five years in Yi Jianlian.  Milwaukee hasn’t drafted an All-Star yet, but Giannis Antetokounmpo is on track to change that.

Note that players are included with the team through any draft-day trades.  Some teams pick well but let an eventual starter leave for another, but that’s beyond the scope of this article.  Recently drafted players have yet to officially pass the “at least five years” test, but were considered as such if on a team’s roster by the end of the 2015-16 season.

Additionally, recent picks who have yet to join the NBA may still do so, but for this analysis are considered “out.”

Pick History 2006-2015

All-Stars: None

Starters: Yi Jianlian (2007-6), Luc Mbah a Moute (2008-37), Brandon Jennings (2009-10), Jodie Meeks (2009-41), Tobias Harris (2011-19), Giannis Antetokounmpo (2013-15), Jabari Parker (2014-2)

Rotation Players: Ramon Sessions (2007-56), Jon Leuer (2011-40), John Henson (2012-14), Damien Inglis (2014-31), Johnny O’Bryant (2014-36), Rashad Vaughn (2015-17)

Out in Five Years or Less: David Noel (2006-39), Damir Markota (2006-59), Jianlian, Joe Alexander (2008-8), Larry Sanders (2010-15), Darington Hobson (2010-37), Tiny Gallon (2010-47), Doron Lamb (2012-42), Nate Wolters (2013-38)

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