Atlanta Hawks Mock Draft: May 2016 Edition

1st Round

With the 21st pick in the 2016 Draft, the Atlanta Hawks select…

Furkan Korkmaz

SG, Turkey

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Kent Bazemore’s contract expires after this season and with the amount of money he’ll be offered in the open market, he’s most likely gonna sign with another team in the off-season. How do you replace a player like Kent Bazemore? By drafting his Turkish duplicate in Furkan Korkmaz. Korkmaz can be described as a natural born scorer. He has almost everything in the offensive dimension of the game and rarely struggle to create a score option to himself. He is a sharp shooter with a high percentage behind the arc and his agility and jumping skills allow him to complete highlight dunks. His athleticism is one step above most prospects. He’s only 175 lbs. so he’ll need to gain 10-15 more pounds and his defensive game is still a work in progress, but I think the Hawks would be crazy not to get Korkmaz if he falls to them at pick 21. By the way I wasn’t lying about his dunking ability. Just watch his performance in this year’s Turkey Slam Dunk Competition.

 

2nd Round

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

Gary Payton II

PG/SG, Oregon State

I still think that GP2 will get drafted by the Hawks with the 44th pick. Pulling down an absolutely spectacular 9.3 rebounds per-40 minutes as a senior, Payton ranks among the top rebounding point guards of all-time at the high major level on paper. Defensively, Payton is very disruptive, he has active with his hands, aggressive in the passing lanes when Oregon State went zone, and capable of applying great pressure defending on the ball, Payton has some impressive moments on this end, especially when he’s being aggressive. He is 23 years-old and this is good for the Hawks because it hurts his draft stock and causes a slip. Gary Payton II would be an excellent pick at 44.

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

Guerschon Yabusele

PF, France

Guerschon Yabusele (Gur-Shan  Ya-Boo-Se-Lay) has a tremendous combination of natural strength and explosiveness. Absolutely bowls opponents over with his incredible core strength but he plays in Europe so yo have to take that with a grain of salt.  Considering he’s French, it’s safe to assume it’s natural strength. Meaning he could become even stronger when he gets on a serious weight training program. He’s  undersized at 6-7 for PF/C position, though he’s got good length with a wingspan that appears in 7-foot range. He’ll either have to bulk up to become an effective big man or slim down to become an effective wing player. He probably won’t be ready to play anytime soon but with Paul Millsap taking him under his wing, he’ll become a very effective bench player in the next few years.

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