MILWAUKEE (AP) — The Milwaukee Bucks chose North Carolina power forward John Henson with the No. 14 overall pick in the NBA draft on Thursday night.
The 6-foot-11, 220-pound Henson averaged 13.7 points, 9.9 rebounds and 2.9 blocked shots per game as a junior last season.
Bucks general manager John Hammond moved to address the team's biggest need the day before the draft, making a deal with the Houston Rockets to acquire veteran center veteran center Samuel Dalembert.
The Bucks and Rockets swapped first-round picks — dropping Milwaukee down from No. 12 to No. 14 overall — and Milwaukee sent guard Shaun Livingston and forwards Jon Brockman and Jon Leuer. Milwaukee also got a future second round pick and cash considerations from Houston.
Going into the draft, Hammond emphasized that he and his staff would take the best player available in the draft, conceding that the Bucks absolutely needed to find a center after trading away the oft-injured Andrew Bogut last year. Dalembert has career averages of 8 points, 8.2 rebounds and 1.9 blocked shots per game.
Before moving to get Dalembert, players projected to be of interest to the Bucks were North Carolina center Tyler Zeller and Illinois' Meyers Leonard. Both run well for 7-footers, a must on a team that wants to play with an up-tempo style powered by guards Brandon Jennings and Monta Ellis. Leonard was gone, but Zeller was still on the board at No. 14.
Milwaukee also may have been looking for a shooting guard such as Connecticut's Jeremy Lamb or Washington's Terrence Ross — but both players were gone when Milwaukee's pick came up, as Ross went off the board at No. 8 to Toronto and Lamb went to Houston with the pick the Bucks traded.
Hammond and coach Scott Skiles both are going into the final year of their contracts and aren't considered likely to receive extensions before the season starts. Given the uncertainty, Hammond might be expected to favor drafting a player who can help the team right away over a project with a higher upside. But Hammond said his contract situation won't change the way he approaches the draft.
No. 1 Anthony Davis, Kentucky: New Orleans Hornets
No. 2 Michael Kidd-Gilchrist, Kentucky: Charlotte Bobcats
No. 3 Bradley Beal, Florida: Washington Wizards
No. 4 Dion Waiters, Syracuse: Cleveland Cavaliers
No. 5 Thomas Robinson, Kansas: Sacramento Kings
No. 6 Damian Lillard, Weber State: Portland Trail Blazers
No. 7 Harrison Barnes, UNC: Golden State Warriors
No. 8 Terrence Ross, Washington: Toronto Raptors
No. 9 Andre Drummond, UConn: Detroit Pistons
No. 10 Austin Rivers, Duke: New Orleans Hornets
No. 11 Meyers Leonard, Illinois: Portland Trail Blazers
No. 12 Jeremy Lamb, UConn: Houston Rockets
No. 13 Kendall Marshall, UNC: Phoenix Suns
No. 14 John Henson, UNC: Milwaukee Bucks
No. 15 Moe Harkless, St. John's: Philadelphia 76ers
No. 16 Royce White, Iowa State: Houston Rockets
No. 17 Tyler Zeller, UNC: Cleveland Cavaliers
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No. 18 Terrence Jones, Kentucky: Houston Rockets
No. 19 Andrew Nicholson, St. Bonaventure: Orlando Magic
No. 20 Evan Fournier, France: Denver Nuggets
No. 21 Jared Sullinger, Ohio State: Boston Celtics
No. 22 Fab Melo, Syracuse: Boston Celtics
No. 23 John Jenkins, Vanderbilt: Atlanta Hawks
No. 24 Jared Cunningham, Oregon State: Dallas Mavericks
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No. 25 Tony Wroten, Washington: Memphis Grizzlies
No. 26 Miles Plumlee, Duke: Indiana Pacers
No. 27 Arnett Moultrie, Miss. State: Philadelphia 76ers
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No. 28 Perry Jones III, Baylor: OKC Thunder
No. 29 Marquis Teague, Kentucky: Chicago Bulls
No. 30 Festus Ezeli, Vanderbilt: Golden State Warriors