The only certainty for Milwaukee Bucks general manager John Hammond going into Thursday's NBA draft is that there will be a lot uncertainty.
This year, the Bucks go into the draft picking 17th overall out of 30 selections in the first round. It's the byproduct of a better-than-expected season, when Milwaukee finished 41-41 with a first-round exit in the playoffs to the Chicago Bulls.
But they're in much better shape than they were a year ago, when Hammond took Jabari Parker with the second overall selection.
The Bucks have financial flexibility following the trade of veteran forward Ersan Ilyasova to Detroit. They have a young core led by forwards Parker and Giannis Antetokounmpo, and point guard Michael Carter-Williams.
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