What is better than a 18-year-old athletic seven-footer that can do almost anything on a basketball floor?
As the Atlanta Hawks fans all know the rebuilding process is here and the Hawks will see themselves picking in the lottery unless something miraculous happens.
With the Hawks eyes set on the future, who is the right choice for Atlanta in the upcoming draft?
Duke’s freshman forward Marvin Bagley III just might be the one to take with the early first-round pick.
The Hawks seemed to have found themselves a talented big man with a lot of potential in the 2017 NBA draft in John Collins.
However, a Bagley and Collins could be scary for opposing teams in the near future.
Bagley has found himself dominating throughout his freshman year at Duke University averaging 21.5 points per game, while shooting around 60 percent from the field and also grabbing 11.4 rebounds per game.
Bagley has shown that he is comfortable running the floor and scoring buckets on a fast break and has also shown a solid half-court offensive presents down in the post.
However, Bagley is far from a shooter at this point in his early career and in college he hasn’t shown a strength of stretching the floor
This season he has only shot 44 threes in 22 games but has made 15 of them which sits him at 34.1 percent from the 3-point-line, which isn’t terrible for a seven-footer in college but to be more of a threat in the NBA this will have to improve.
And that starts with him becoming more comfortable with shooting from mid-range and the 3-point-line.
At certain points when he is given an open look he doesn’t usually take it but instead looks to go inside and score in the post, which is very effective in college because of there isn’t a lot of seven-footers in the NCAA that can move like he can.
Even though the results aren’t there yet his form looks good and with the help of NBA trainers and work over the off-season he could find himself knocking down shots from at a solid rate.
He is very comfortable in the post and if Bagley is able to add the ability to knock down deep jump shots then he will become a problem to guard most nights.
Even with the size of Bagley he has shown to be very coordinated and able to move well and quickly for his size.
His ball handling ability is also not too bad he is able to control the ball and can create his own shot at some points.
It definitely needs improvement if he wants to be able to take someone in the NBA off the dribble but with Bagley’s quick first step he is able to usually get to the rim from wherever he is on the court against other forwards.
Bagley is very athletic but during his freshman year at Duke his athletic ability has not really been as effective on the defensive end but he has shown flashes of being a solid shot blocker.
Bagley is far from a bad defender but in the NBA he will need to get stronger and more physical if he wants to be able to be a dominate rim protector.
With the quickness of Bagley for his height he is able to guard multiple positions for the most part and help more on the defensive end because of the ability to get back to his man faster.
This is the one of the type of players the Hawks could really use.
Somebody that is able to help you on both sides of the floor and has a lot of potential.
And with the Hawks developing staff and the system that Coach Mike Budenholzer runs Bagley could fit well if things pan out for him.
Bagley has a lot of work to do if he wants to be a dominate big in today’s NBA but he definitely has the potential and ability to be special if he can expand his game.
Daric Clemens| @DClemens_
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