Milwaukee Bucks wing 2024 NBA Draft prospects: 11 players to watch

With less than two weeks until the big night, the 2024 NBA Draft continues to creep closer as the league transitions to a two-night format on June 26 and 27. As of now, the Bucks still have two selections, No. 23 and No. 33, as our position-by-position look at draft prospects keeps moving forward.

Last week, after taking a look at the guards, we’re moving over to the wings this week before wrapping up this project with the big men next Friday.

As a refresher, we tend to start these breakdowns with the players that might fall out of the lottery and end with players near the start of the second round to cover the Bucks’ range in the draft with both selections.

(Note: There can be disagreements about range/position for various players. If you feel we missed somebody, drop it in the comments.)

Tristan da Silva | 6-8 forward | 23 years old | Colorado

Tristan da Silva is the oldest of a group of three wing prospects, along with Furphy and Walter, that will likely hear their names called before the Bucks make their first selection at No. 23, but we’ll cover all three because one might end up falling to the Bucks’ range. The German forward played four seasons at the University of Colorado and started during his final three seasons, garnering All-Pac-12 honors in his junior and senior seasons.

The bulk of da Silva’s perceived value at the next level comes from the belief that he will be able to do a little bit of everything and hopefully be able to do that as soon as he enters the NBA after four years in college. The 6-foot-8 forward averaged 16 points, 5.1 rebounds and 2.4 assists per game this past season and knocked down 118 of his 299 3-point attempts (39.5 percent) across the last two seasons, so there is some credence to him pitching in a couple of different ways, even if his rebound and assist numbers don’t stand out.

One interesting number: Per Synergy, da Silva scored 1.43 points per possession on unguarded catch-and-shoot looks last season.

Johnny Furphy | 6-8 wing | 19 years old | Kansas

As an 18-year-old, Furphy appeared in 33 games and averaged 9.0 points, 4.9 rebounds and 1.0 assists in 24.1 minutes per game. While he only made 44 of his 125 3-point attempts (35.2 percent) in his lone college season, the Australian forward is seen as a player that will consistently be able to knock down 3-pointers. With his age, size and production as a freshman for Bill Self, he could be a tantalizing prospect for many general managers.

At Kansas, Furphy showed off a strong basketball IQ not only in his off-ball movement around the perimeter to create open shots, but also in his ability to make well-timed cuts to the basket. He didn’t get to spend a ton of time on the ball, but his production as a raw player might suggest even greater potential down the road.

One interesting number: In spot-up situations, Furphy scored 1.33 points per possession, a figure that put him in the 98th percentile nationwide.

Ja’Kobe Walter | 6-4 wing | 19 years old | Baylor

Walter is a fascinating player. He is only 6-foot-4, but his wingspan was measured at 6-10 at the 2024 NBA Draft Combine. As a 19-year-old freshman, Walter was named Third-Team All Big 12 and Big 12 Rookie of the Year after putting up 14.5 points, 4.4 rebounds and 1.4 assists in 32.3 minutes per game. He attempted 220 3-pointers in his freshman season (6.2 attempts from deep per game) and knocked down 34.1 percent while being asked to be one of Baylor’s primary offensive hubs.

Teams that believe in his ability as a shooter moving forward tend to believe that the lower percentage was because of the volume and difficulty of his attempts from deep. Ultimately, to reach his full potential, Walter will need to unlock more either as a defender or on-ball as a creator offensively.

One interesting number: According to Synergy, Walter scored 1.186 points per possession off screens (84th percentile) last season.

Baylor Scheierman | 6-6 wing | 23 years old | Creighton

Here’s what Scheierman is going to bring to the NBA: 3-point shooting. Off the dribble, off of screens, off of movement, it doesn’t really matter. Scheierman took any and all types of 3-point shots during the last two seasons at Creighton after transferring from South Dakota State and helping the Bluejays to consecutive Sweet 16s.

This past season, the 23-year-old averaged 18.5 points, 9 rebounds and 3.9 assists in 36.8 minutes per game and knocked down 38.1 percent from deep on 8.3 attempts per game in his fifth college season. For the 23-year-old to stake out a spot in the NBA, he will need to prove that he can consistently stay in front of NBA guards and wings defensively.

One interesting number: Scheierman averaged 1.299 points per possession on possessions he finished as a pick-and-roll ballhandler, per Synergy. (Among players with at least 50 such possessions, that was the highest PPP in Division 1 men’s college basketball.)

Jaylon Tyson | 6-6 wing | 21 years old | California

In three college seasons, Tyson played at three different schools, but really popped this past season at California, filling up the stat sheet with 19.6 points, 6.8 rebounds and 3.5 assists per game. His standout season earned him First Team All-Pac-12 honors in his lone season in the conference.

Tyson’s standout attribute is his strength, which he consistently used to overpower smaller college athletes to get to the rim as he served as Cal’s main offensive hub this past season. As his usage increased dramatically with the Golden Bears, his 3-point accuracy dropped from 40.2 percent on 3.5 attempts per game two seasons ago at Texas Tech to 36 percent on 4.5 attempts per game. For Tyson, it will be interesting to see how he can contribute at the next level in a smaller role.

One interesting number: After taking 8.5 shots per game as a starter at Texas Tech as a sophomore, Tyson’s shot attempts nearly doubled as he took 15.4 shots per game this past season at California.

Bobi Klintman | 6-9 wing/forward | 20 years old | Cairns Taipans

Klintman played 33 games as a freshman at Wake Forest for the 2022-23 season before joining the NBL Next Stars program and heading over to the NBL in Australia where he played for Cairns this past season. In 23 games, Klintman averaged 9.7 points and 4.8 rebounds in 21.3 minutes per game and made 35.7 percent from 3 on 84 attempts from deep.

Teams that believe in Klintman’s potential see the quick release and confidence from 3, as well as the quickness and athleticism in the open floor, and believe that they are looking at a switchable 6-foot-9 wing with a 6-foot-11 wingspan, but that may not be the reality when he gets to the NBA. He will need to prove that he can stay in front of wing players defensively and actually be a wing in the NBA instead of a mobile big.

One interesting number: Despite his size and athleticism, Klintman only made 44.3 percent of his shots in Australia this season.

Cam Christie | 6-5 wing | 19 years old | Minnesota

As a freshman at Minnesota, Christie started 26 games and averaged 11.3 points, 3.6 rebounds and 2.2 assists in 30.1 minutes per game. On 5.4 attempts per game from deep, Christie knocked down 39.1 percent from 3. With the way he elevates on his jumper, his 3-point shot became a real weapon for the Golden Gophers by the end of the season and Christie ended up being named to the Big Ten All-Freshmen Team.

While his 35-1/2 inch vertical and 6-foot-8 wingspan help alleviate some of the concern at the next level, Christie will need to prove that he has the requisite strength needed to survive and then eventually thrive on the wing at the next level, whether that is on defense or getting to the rim on offense.

One interesting number: Per Synergy, Christie scored 1.022 points per possession as a pick-and-roll ballhandler.

Kyshawn George | 6-7 wing | 20 years old | Miami (Fla.)

At 6-foot-7 with a 6-foot-10 inch wingspan, the physical profile for George stands out, but the production was not quite as impressive for the 20-year-old wing in his one season at Miami. In 31 games with the Hurricanes, George put up 7.6 points, 3 rebounds and 2.2 assists in 23 minutes per game.

The highlights for George can really pop with his ability to pull up off the dribble for his shot, as well as make smart and difficult passes, but the Swiss guard did not have the same level of offensive responsibility and production as the other players getting drafted in this area. Teams will need to feel comfortable doing some projection to believe in the player George will become at the next level.

One interesting number: George tallied 1.64 points per possession on unguarded catch-and-shoot jumpers this past season, per Synergy.

Ryan Dunn | 6-6 wing | 21 years old | Virginia

As a sophomore at Virginia, Dunn put up 8.1 points and 6.9 rebounds per game, but the focus for him will always be on the defensive end, where he averaged 1.3 steals and 2.3 blocks per game. To put it simply, Dunn might have been the best defensive player in all of college basketball. At 6-foot-6 with a 7-foot-1 wingspan, Dunn actually blocked more shots per game than 7-foot-4 Purdue big man Zach Edey.

While Dunn can likely come into the NBA and make an immediate impact defensively, there are serious doubts about what he can do offensively. He has not shown much ability as a shooter or playmaker and would likely need to just survive off cuts and offensive rebounds to find his way.

One interesting number: Per Basketball Reference’s Stathead tool, Dunn was one of six players in men’s college basketball to average at least one steal and two blocks per game this past season and the only one to do it at a Power 5 school.

Pacome Dadiet | 6-8 wing | 18 years old | Ratiopharm Ulm

For a novice prospect scout like myself, a player like Dadiet is a tough evaluation. There just isn’t as much film for me to really get into and statistics are tougher to find and then subsequently break down. While NBA teams have the scouting budget needed to head over to Germany and watch the Dadiet, an 18-year-old Frenchman, play in Germany’s Basketball Bundesliga, this highlight package will have to suffice for today’s exercise:

In 15.3 minutes per game at Ratiopharm Ulm, Dadiet averaged 6.6 points and 2.3 rebounds per game across all competitions this past season and shot 35.8 percent from 3. Dadiet has good size for the position, but it will be interesting to see how his other traits play against a higher level of competition.

Nikola Djurišić | 6-7 wing | 20 years old | Mega

At 20 years old, Djurišić put up 14.8 points, 2.8 rebounds and 3.4 assists in 29.9 minutes per game across 36 games this past season, mostly in the ABA League (some may know this as the Adriatic League) for Mega Basket. The Serbian forward has been with Mega Basket for the last three seasons and made some plays at the NBA Draft Combine.

For Djurišić, it will come down to his ability to consistently make shots. Some of his highlight plays are incredibly fun to watch, but those plays might be less frequent against higher level competition and he will need to be able to hit shots from the outside, which he has struggled to do at a high rate (30.5 percent from 3 this past season) during his time at Mega Basket.

(Photo of Baylor Scheierman: Rich Schultz /Getty Images)

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