Alexander Johnson, Shavlik Randolph Vying For A Spot With Milwaukee Bucks

While this picture is from Johnson's pre-draft workouts and taken by Draft Express, I I felt it applied so I used it.

Sources close to the situation have confirmed that Sioux Falls Skyforce forward Alexander Johnson and former Portland Trail Blazers bigman Shavlik Randolph competed in a tryout Monday with the Milwaukee Bucks for a potential roster spot.

It sounds like Johnson  (I recently did a complete report here) had the better tryout, beating Randolph in three of the four "one-on-one type games," though without actually being there, I can't confirm this information.  Johnson was apparently hitting his jumper, the one part of his game that's been hit and miss this season in the D-League.

Both players reportedly ended the workout sloppily due to it being fairly long.  This surprised me a bit because Johnson is in pretty good shape, but after having played in a game the night before (playing 41 minutes while putting up 25 points and 18 boards) and then flying into Milwaukee on what must have been the last flight afterward, it's understandable.

I'm told the front office and coaches in attendance "loved (Johnson's) body, explosiveness, and physicality."

The Bucks are said to be deciding between the two and a wing player right now for a run at the playoffs, with a decision expected before the end of the week.

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