Bucks Work Out MU's McNeal, Three Other Guards
MILWAUKEE (AP) -- Jrue Holiday matched up against Eric Maynor on Tuesday before jetting off to New York to square off with the likes of Stephen Curry.
When it comes to point guards in the upcoming NBA draft, Holiday is on everyone's list, but forgive him if he's not paying attention.
"I really don't look at the hype and all that," said Holiday, who will work out for the Knicks on Wednesday. "Any given day, the best player can have a bad workout."
Holiday's bad workout came on Tuesday.
The 6-foot-3 guard from UCLA was impressive on defense, but felt he missed numerous shots and wasn't sharp against the likes of Maynor (Virginia Commonwealth), Jerel McNeal (Marquette) and Greivis Vasquez (Maryland).
Milwaukee, which holds the 10th pick in the June 25 draft, is thin at power forward. But it's a good bet the team will select a point guard since Luke Ridnour is heading into the final year of his contract and backup Ramon Sessions is a restricted free agent.
With coach Scott Skiles' emphasis on defense, Holiday would seem to be a good fit. The Bucks had tremendous success selecting fellow UCLA standout Luc Richard Mbah a Moute in last year's second round. Player personnel director Dave Babcock said Holiday's performance Tuesday wasn't a concern because the guard is just 18.
"That's the thing about this workout, a young guy that's only been through a few workouts, you don't want to put too much on that because he is young and he needs the experience," Babcock said. "He was OK today, he didn't blow you away, but that doesn't mean anything either."
Holiday has the option to return to UCLA for his sophomore year. He has until Monday's deadline to make a decision, but he wasn't giving any hints which way he was leaning.
"I'm going to have to talk to my parents," he said.
Milwaukee likes its chances to snag a top point guard in the draft. The strong candidates included Holiday, Curry (Davidson), Maynor, Ricky Rubio (Spain), Brandon Jennings (Italy), Jeff Teague (Wake Forest), Jonny Flynn (Syracuse) and Ty Lawson (North Carolina).
"The NBA is all about projection and upside. You just have to project, is Jrue Holiday another Chauncey Billups. Stephen Curry? I don't think you have to project with him, the guy is so skilled and can shoot it so well," Babcock said.
Babcock described Maynor as a tough kid that was like Sessions in his ability to slash and score.
Maynor, at 6-foot-3 and 170 pounds, said he "must" put on 20 pounds and work on defense. He said the toughest questions he got Tuesday came from Skiles, a former point guard who Maynor admired growing up in North Carolina.
"He's a great coach," Maynor said. "I've seen him play when he was a player."
Skiles, incidentally, had his best years from 1990-93 in Orlando -- beginning when Maynor was 3 -- and owns the NBA record for most assists in a game.
"Oh, I've seen tapes, I've seen tapes," Maynor said, laughing. "ESPN Classic, baby. Thirty assist guy right there, all-time record."
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