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It has been a whirlwind of change for the Milwaukee Bucks (www.bucks.com) of late.

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There is new ownership in the capable hands and deep pockets of Wes Edens and Marc Lasry.

There is renewed hope for a new building to play in, replacing the ill-fitting and outdated BMO Harris Bradley Center.

And now, the Bucks have a bona fide superstar to help fill the seats in the meantime.

Milwaukee had the Number Two pick overall in Thursday's NBA Draft (www.nba.com).

They surprised no one by tapping Jabari Parker, the 6-8, 241-pounder from Duke.

He is listed as a small forward and is a prolific scorer who improves the look of this roster from the jump.

"I get to represent the City of Chicago but the City of Milwaukee as well," Parker said after his selection.

"I'm also honored for the team to pick me."

There was a lot of pre-draft hype stating, in effect, that Parker was the most NBA-ready player this year.

"I haven't been able to play in the NBA yet, Parker said. "I haven't played a game, so it's up to me to prove it."

The pressure as off GM John Hammond with this selection when they slipped to Number Two in the battle of the ping pong balls.

When Joel Embiid, the Kansas 7-footer, had surgery, it was gonna be his teammate Andrew Wiggins or Parker.

If Cleveland had taken Parker, the Bucks would've chosen Wiggins.

It was labeled a can't-lose proposition and that will likely be borne out.

As with every other situation in sports, if Parker stays healthy, the Bucks' fortunes will surely rise as a result.

Parker's dad, Sonny, played six seasons in the NBA for the Golden State Warriors in the 70s.

Having awakened from the nightmare on 4th Street that was the 2013-14 season, the Bucks are now poised to make a swift turnaround.

Adding Parker to a lineup that has the always improving 'Greek Freak' Giannis Antetekounmpo in it will simply have to win many more games than the franchise-low 15 last year.

The nucleus is in place and there are nothing but great things in store for this team.

The Bucks loaded up with position players and projects with their three second round picks.

At 31, the Bucks took Damien Inglis, who played most recently with Roanne in France, is a tweener forward that is a little raw.

With the 36th choice, Milwaukee went with LSU's Johnny Bryant III, more of a power forward at 6-9 and 260 pounds.

The worst will try to get back to first drafted shooting guard Lamar Patterson, a 6-5+, 226 pounder from Pittsburgh and promptly traded him to the Brooklyn Nets for next year's second round pick.

Milwaukee passed on Cleanthony Early and a pair of siblings from their all-time and current roster; eschewing both Glenn Robinson III and Thanasis Antetekounmpo.

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