The Milwaukee Bucks and Los Angeles Clippers are both connected to former Boston College star scoring guard Jerome Robinson.
Jeremy Woo recently reported Robinson seems to be the likely pick for Bucks at No. 17 overall (via Sports Illustrated):
“According to multiple league sources, the Bucks are extremely serious about Robinson and would likely select him here if available. He has become as big a winner as any prospect during the pre-draft process, given his scoring talent, ability to play on or off the ball and strong intangibles.”
The Ringer’s Kevin O’Connor echoed this sentiment, confirming that Milwaukee is indeed interested in the scoring guard. It would make sense, too, considering he averaged 20.7 points and 2.3 three-pointers per game last season.
The Bucks have struggled with their outside shooting, with Khris Middleton as the team’s only true threat from beyond the arc. But according to O’Connor, “most executives believe” that the Los Angeles Clippers will select Robinson with one of their back-to-back picks in the lottery.
The Clippers are also expected to consider sharpshooter Kevin Huerter and big man Robert Williams when they are on the clock. Williams has already met with team ownership and is someone worth watching when Los Angeles is on the clock.
It’s entirely possible that they trade the picks, too, especially if a top player like Kawhi Leonard becomes available and the San Antonio Spurs decide they want two lottery picks.
The Clippers have also been linked to several of the top players who could be selected in the Top 10, indicating a desire to trade up. In this case, keep an eye out for Luka Doncic if he falls, who could take over as the face of the franchise.
Others to consider would be Jaren Jackson Jr., who they have been recently tied to as well. It’s also worth mentioning that team owner Steve Ballmer has connections to the state of Washington and he has been enamored with the former Seattle high school star Michael Porter Jr. too. Robinson is far from a “sure thing” for Los Angeles ahead of Milwaukee.
But the Charlotte Hornets, Washington Wizards and Atlanta Hawks have all expressed interest in Robinson as well. The Phoenix Suns may covet a point guard and could draft him with their second pick as well.
So if Robinson is indeed off the board, the Bucks will have to look elsewhere in the first round. They were reportedly interested in prospects Williams and Zhaire Smith earlier this offseason, who could both be available.
Otherwise, keep an eye out for former Oregon freshman Troy Brown and former high school star Anfernee Simons. Those are two top prospects that worked out for Milwaukee before the draft.