NBA Draft: Grading every first-round pick after rookie year

2022 NBA Draft Class. Photo by Arturo Holmes/Getty Images
2022 NBA Draft Class. Photo by Arturo Holmes/Getty Images /
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24. Milwaukee Bucks – MarJon Beauchamp, G League Ignite

The Milwaukee Bucks have been in “title or bust’ mode for years now, no matter how much Giannis Antetokounmpo wants to view his life in a more healthy way. As an organization, when you have a top-3 player in the world, you go for it. That made the selection of MarJon Beauchamp something of a surprise a year ago, as the G League Ignire forward was viewed as a very raw prospect.

Beauchamp wasn’t particularly good as a rookie, shooting a fine 33.1 percent from deep but otherwise hitting just 39.5 percent of his shots overall and averaging more turnovers than assists. He was similarly inefficient in the G League. It’s hard to take much from his rookie year, as the book on Beauchamp will be written in another couple of seasons as he develops, but there wasn’t a ton to love early on.

That doesn’t mean there was a plethora of better options available to the Bucks at 24, either. The rest of this draft is still heavy on potential without many successes popping up in the late-first and second rounds. Peyton Watson is probably ahead of Beauchamp as a similar player archetype, while the Bucks likely would have benefited from drafting a player like Andrew Nembhard instead.

Grade: C+