Thursday night every NBA team will make a decision that’ll shape its franchise for years to come, when they select the next stars in the NBA Draft.
This is regarded by many as one of the strongest draft classes in years, and I definitely agree. The Atlanta Hawks have the 15th and 43rd overall picks in this Draft.
So here is my prediction for Thursday night.
With the 15th pick the Hawks will select:
Kyle Anderson (PG/SF-UCLA)
This Kid is dynamic. The few things he needs to work on are lateral movement on defense and tightening his handles. He’s not a great defensive player but the Hawks’ coaching staff would help him get better. He has an excellent basketball IQ and can shoot the deep ball (48 percent last season) in addition to being able to attack the rim.
He is 6-foot-9 and can play the point guard position if needed even though the Hawks would likely use him predominately in the small forward role. His NBA comparison is Lamar Odom and would be a very versatile and an efficient player for Atlanta. He will more than likely be there at 15, so the Hawks won’t need to trade up.
With the 43rd pick the Hawks will select:
Nikola Jokic (C-Serbia)
The 6-11 19-year-old center from Serbia could be a possible pick the Hawks make. Jokic is very young and could possibly be one of those players Atlanta chooses to store overseas. Jokic averaged over 11 points per game and 6.4 boards in 25 minutes while playing in the Adriatic league (ABA). Jokic would provide good size to help an Atlanta front court that might need some big men after the 2014/2015 season when Paul Millsap and Pero Antic’s contracts run out. Jokic is an excellent passer which is a trait coach Mike Budenholzer wants all his big men to have and Jokic will only get better with more practice and age.
The Hawks have proved to be very unpredictable on draft nights, and this year we should expect no different. Atlanta’s General Manager Danny Ferry had fun in last year’s draft with all the trades he pulled off.
The only thing that is close to a guarantee is that the Hawks will take some international talent as they continue to try to convert to the San Antonio Spurs of the East.
As always tell me if you agree in the comment section below and check out some more Hawks draft featured articles here: