2017 NBA draft grades: Bucks take calculated risk on D.J. Wilson

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The Milwaukee Bucks ended the 2016–17 season on a hot streak, despite their failure to take a playoff series. But their young core appears poised to carry the winning ways into next year. A point guard would help, but their opening pick at No. 17 overall might come too late.

The team will ultimately look for a repeat of last year's successful draft, during which they took Thon Maker in the first round and Malcolm Brogdon ​(a 2016-2017 Rookie of the Year finalist) in the second.

Here's the full list of picks the Bucks hold in the 2017 draft, which will be updated with grades and analysis as each selection is made.

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2017 NBA Draft Grades: Pick-By-Pick Analysis

Round 1, Pick 17 (No. 17 overall): D.J. Wilson

Every pick in this range of the draft is a risk, and Wilson’s potential as a well-rounded role player helped him rise to the top of the crop. He’s a late-bloomer who didn’t have a large sample size of quality production (and was highly inconsistent at times), but a lot of teams were extremely high on his ability to defend multiple positions and shoot the three. He’s a good athlete with enviable size for a stretch-four. Milwaukee has assembled an extremely intriguing collection of talent, and Wilson is a strong long-term fit around Giannis Antetokounmpo. - Jeremy Woo

Grade: A-

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