When the final selection of the 2018 NBA Draft was announced, former Missouri forward Jordan Barnett’s name was left uncalled. Although he didn’t get drafted, Barnett may have lucked out by doing so.
He was able to decide his own fate.
— Jordan Barnett (@JBounce33) June 22, 2018
Barnett signed a contract with the Milwaukee Bucks. He’ll play for them in the summer league, hoping to make a name for himself and eventually, an NBA roster.
Missouri head coach Cuonzo Martin stressed that he thinks Barnett going un-drafted could end up a blessing, as he could sign with whomever he pleased. He added that Barnett fits in nicely with the Bucks, as they lack depth and a player with Barnett’s skillset.
“In this league right now, I’d probably be a three-and-D kind of guy,” Barnett said in a pre-draft workout. “I’m 6-foot-7, pretty long, pretty athletic. So I think I’m the prototypical three-and-D guy. I can shoot, defend multiple positions, which is very important in this league. I think I could help a lot in those regards.”
Martin believes Barnett could have a long career in the NBA as a high-energy player who can shoot well from deep and defend multiple positions. He believes Barnett’s best basketball is yet to come.
The Bucks are one of the young, up-and-coming teams in the NBA. Led by the “Greek Freak” Giannis Antetokounmpo, Milwaukee notched a seven-seed in the 2018 NBA Playoffs. They almost upset a talented Boston Celtics team in the first round of the playoffs, taking the series to a game seven.
Along with Antetokounmpo, the Bucks boast a flashy point guard in Eric Bledsoe, a do-it-all stretch-four in Jabari Parker, and 2017 Rookie of the Year Malcolm Brogdon. Milwaukee is still a few pieces away from being great, but Antetokounmpo has established himself as one of the best players in the league at just 23 years old and could very well be the future of the NBA.
Barnett meshes perfectly with the Bucks system, and he should see himself on the official roster following his time in the Summer League.
Jack Parodi covers the Missouri Tigers for 590 The Fan and you can find him on Twitter @jack_parodi.