The Milwaukee Bucks Could Have Paired Joel Embiid With Giannis Antetokounmpo In 2014 NBA Draft

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(via Fadeaway World)

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Boasting the NBA's best record at 27-5, it's hard to imagine how the Milwaukee Bucks could be any better right now. Behind the leadership of Giannis Antetokounmpo and Khris Middleton, the Bucks have dominated nearly all season long.

You add a guy like, say, Joel Embiid in the mix, and the results would be nothing short of extraordinary.

That scenario seems like a pipe-dream now, but it was once a very real possibility back in the 2014 Draft. Having picked Giannis 15th the year before, Milwaukee had the opportunity to select Joel Embiid with the 2nd overall pick, only to let him fall to Philadelphia at #3.

Back then, there were major injury concerns with Embiid, and teams knew he wouldn't be ready to step onto the court right away. He ended up missing two full seasons before he made his debut in 2016. He has since become one of the league's premier big men, averaging 24 points, 11.6 rebounds, and 1.9 blocks per game.

Alongside Giannis, the two would have dominated the paint, and likely would have formed one of the toughest defenses in the NBA.

In hindsight, it's easy to get things right. After all, the situation was much different back then. But man, had the Bucks made the right decision, they might have been one of the most powerful teams ever.

Alas, we'll have to leave that scenario to our dreams.