Early Atalnta Hawks Mock Draft

1st Round

With the 24th pick in the 2016 Draft, the Atlanta Hawks select…

Taurean Prince

SF, Baylor

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Prince looks the part of a stud, “3-and-D” wing. He didn’t shoot it well from deep like he was expected to this season, but his stroke is just fine and he shot well his first few years at Baylor. He doesn’t bring much in the way of creativity on the offensive end, but he has the size to matchup and guard multiple positions on the defensive end. The Hawks are masters at developing wing players within their system, and Prince could thrive in that. Guys like DeMarre Carroll, Kent Bazemore, and Tim Hardaway Jr. have all gone from relative no name players on their way out of the league to everyday rotation players and starters. By drafting Prince, they could groom him to be a Bazemore type player in a few years and they have the track record to prove they can. Also we shall never forget his legendary press conference after  Baylor’s loss to Yale in the NCAA tournament.

2nd Round

With the 44th pick in the 2016 NBA Draft, the Atlanta Hawks select…

Gary Payton II

PG, Oregon State

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The son of “The Glove” has made a name for himself at OSU.  The apple has not fallen far from the tree. Gary Payton II is possibly the best rebounding guard in the draft. Defensively, he’s been compared to Boston Celtic Avery Bradley, and he has a fearlessness driving to the rim.  The length of GP II allows him to defend both guard positions, so he’ll likely find a role on the Hawks. He has elite athleticism and he’s an older rookie at 23-years-old. This is good for the Hawks, not only because it hurts his draft stock and causes a slip, but he’s a mature rookie who has grown up around the NBA lifestyle. This goes with the idea of being a “low-risk” prospect, a player who won’t look to stir the pot. I think his athleticism and dunking ability will make him an instant fan favorite.

 

 

With the 54th pick in the 2016 NBA Draft, the Atlanta Hawks select…

Andrey Desyatnikov

C, Russia

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You can never have to much depth at Center. There’s not too much information on Andrey Desyatnikov but I do know that he has size and experience. He is 7’3 and weighs 220 pounds.  He has already been selected in the Russian National Team Under 18 in last two season, playing the Albert Schweitzer Tournament 2012 in Manheim, Germany, and the Under 18 European Championship 2012. He also played with the junior national teams of Russia at both the 2013 FIBA Under-19 World Championship and the 2014 FIBA Europe Under-20 Championship. He also won a bronze medal playing with Russia’s national university team at the 2015 World University Games. With his unbelievable size and very educated skills, he can become a solid role player for the Hawks.

 

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