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Jabari Parker could help turn new leaf for Milwaukee Bucks

Everyone who pays attention to the NBA knows that the Milwaukee Bucks have been having a rough go of things.  The Bucks have just one championship (1971) and have won the Eastern conference only two times (1971 and 1974). Milwaukee has only won their division once since 1986. Their lack of success in the past 30 years isn’t something that goes under the radar: especially for potential draft picks and their agents.

“What the Clippers used to be, that’s what the Bucks are now,” said an NBA general manager in an interview with Mark Heisler. “The place every agent says, ‘I don’t want my player there.’”

Milwaukee isn’t a major market. Their roster isn’t loaded with star-studded talent. How does an agent convince their player that playing in Milwaukee isn’t the worst thing to happen to them? It’s one of the best places to get playing time as a rookie.

Duke’s Jabari Parker could be landing in Milwaukee. If Joel Embiid goes first, Parker will most likely be getting a call from the Bucks. Parker just wants an in. If Milwaukee is willing to give it to him, he’s going to take it.

“Jabari just wants to play ball; He won’t have any issues about playing in Milwaukee, not at all,” said former Duke teammate Rodney Hood in an interview with Gery Woelfel.

If Parker does end up in Milwaukee, this could be the best thing happening for that organization since Larry O’Brien was the NBA commissioner. Times could be changing for the Bucks, just like the times changed for the Clippers. In addition to Milwaukee lined up to get one of the three best college players from last season, the organization is under new ownership.

“[Success] doesn’t happen overnight. You have to build a very solid foundation and build from there,” new co-owner Wes Edens said. “We want to have a championship winning basketball team here and you start with the pieces you’ve got and build around it.”

In addition to the new talent that will be drafted and the new ownership, the Bucks are working on getting plans for a new facility to replace the old BMO Harris Bradley Center. The Bradley Center has a capacity of under 19,000, being one of the smallest arenas in the NBA.

The Draft is set to begin on June 26, 2014. Parker should learn his fate early in the night, considering his name is being tossed around as the potential No. 1, No. 2 or No. 3 pick.

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