As many of you know, the 2015 NBA Draft took place last night. The Hawks were expected to take PF Bobby Portis or SF Sam Dekker if either were available. With the number 15 pick, the Hawks decided to take Kelly Oubre Jr. The Hawks then proceeded to trade Oubre Jr. to the Washington Wizards for the number 19 pick and two future second round picks. With the number 19 pick, the Hawks selected PG Jerian Grant and traded him to the New York Knicks for Tim Hardaway Jr. By doing this, the Hawks left holes at small forward and power forward after passing on Sam Dekker once and Bobby Portis twice. The Hawks did acquire another shooting guard who loves to shoot. This could potentially move the 34 year old Kyle Korver to the bench and extend his career another season or two by taking some of the load off of him.
Hardaway Jr. is a 6’6 shooting guard who is 23 years old. Throughout his two year career, Hardaway Jr. is shooting 40% from the field, 35% from behind the arc, and 81% from the free throw line. Hardaway Jr. is also averaging 1.8 rebounds per game and 1.3 assists per game. I believe this move was made to open up cap room for the team to make some moves in free agency.
I was satisfied with the two second round picks the Hawks came away with. Although I would have enjoyed watching J.P. Tokoto play for us with the number 50 pick in the draft, we acknowledged our needs at small forward and power forward with the number 50 and number 59 pick. Although both picks were international players, they both have potential to come play for the Hawks in the next season or two.
With the number 50 pick, the Hawks selected small forward/shooting guard Marcus Eriksson. Eriksson is skilled offensively and defensively, but is extremely underweight for a 6’7 player only weighing 178 pounds. Eriksson has shot a high percentage most of his career overseas and the Hawks will most likely leave him overseas for at least one more season.
Dimitrios Agravanis was selected with the 59th pick and is another international player. This was the pick I was most satisfied with. Agravanis is a 6’10, 235 pound power forward/center. Agravanis will most likely remain in Greece for the rest of his career, however he has showed signs of talent and looks like he would fit the Hawks system very well.
The Hawks could have done much better in the draft, but I am not frustrated with their moves as fans of other teams may be.