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89. Christian Braun. 23. . player. . . Kansas

The Milwaukee Bucks are finally up next, and with the 23rd pick in the draft, they select Kansas Junior Christian Braun.

If I’m in the Milwaukee Bucks front office, I’m disappointed that EJ Liddell was nabbed one pick before going to the podium, but I’m perfectly happy with the next best option too. Braun has been Ochai Agbaji’s right-hand man coming off the bench this season for Kansas. He’s seemingly gone a bit under the radar even with some good performances but is a name I think will heat up quite a bit as the NCAA Tournament goes on.

Braun is a 6’6”-6’7”, 218-pound ball of strength and athleticism that I think will be a fantastic pickup for a competitive team like the Bucks late in the first round. He’s a career 38% three-point shooter, has a great knack for being in the right place at the right time, and shines in transition. He seems like the type of player that the Bucks have a reputation for drafting and he could serve as a good replacement for Donte DiVincenzo now that he’s departed to Sacramento.

He isn’t the most consistent defender at this point, but the Bucks are still one of the better defensive teams in the league and would mostly need him to come in and hit some threes, play with a consistent motor, and play smart basketball. When combining these attributes with his mean and gutsy demeanor, I think you have the makings of a very high-quality role player. If the flashes of great defense he has shown can translate, that would be the cherry on top.