2018 NBA Draft Roundtable

With the 2018 NBA Draft set to take place in just a few hours, how do the writers at AtlsportsHQ feel about who the Hawks might select?

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NBA Draft 2015 Stage (NBA.com)

Ryan Andrews | @Ry_And1

Trae Young! That’s right Hawks fans, I believe Trae Young will be the 3rd pick for Atlanta, just before trading Dennis Schröder, pick 19, and pick 30 to the Cavs or Knicks for their first round pick so we can select Mo Bamba as well. This is also assuming Ayton goes 1st to Phoenix, and Bagley III gets drafted 2nd to Sacramento. Every GM has “their guy” when it comes to the NBA draft and I firmly believe Travis Schlenk’s “guy” is Trae Young.

After all, he was the one who took the risk on Steph Curry when he was the GM in Golden State. Trae Young has one of the highest superstar potentials in this draft class, and he has shown he is clearly the most well-built point guard in the draft with his excellent court vision, up-tempo play, and excellent shooting.

Phil Veasley | @_ATLPhil

Luka Doncic. With the Kings likely to do some “KANGZ” stuff and selecting Mo Bamba 2nd after Ayton goes to Phoenix. I have Luka “falling” to us at 3rd. Falling is a loose term here because some have Luka slipping all the way to 6th. In my detailed profile of Doncic, I detailed how I think he is the perfect fit for our rebuild.

Despite the bust potential; which is grossly overstated, I must say; Luka is by far the most sensible pick in this situation. Is do-it-all ability at the wing spot would be a great building block going forward with Prince and Collins.

PS: If the Hawks take Trae Young 3rd, I have to print out this tweet and eat it.

Daric Clemens | @DClemens_

On Thursday the draft will go something like this “With the third pick in the 2018 NBA Draft the Atlanta Hawks select Marvin Bagley,” that’s only if dreams come true. I think Marvin Bagley can definitely be the best player in this NBA draft. He is already a freak of nature doing a little bit of everything as a 7-footer and has plenty of time to add some weight and polish some of his flaws. The Hawks need someone that can help turn this franchise back into the right direction and Bagley has the ability to be that guy. The Suns are most likely taking DeAndre Ayton with the first pick, so the Hawks just need Bagley to slide right past the Kings and the Hawks will be able to snatch the future all-star.

A few months ago I wrote a piece about how Marvin Bagley’s games can transfer the NBA and how he could fit in Atlanta. https://atlsportshq.com/2018/02/02/is-marvin-bagley-the-right-move-for-atlanta/

Da’Vonte Hughes | @CookieByNature 

I firmly believe that the Atlanta Hawks will select guard Luka Doncic from Slovenia at 3rd overall in the 2018 NBA Draft. Luka Doncic will give the Hawks another ball handler that can create his own shots. The Atlanta Hawks would have a nice core of young guys in Doncic, Prince, and Collins. Doncic works well when he has a rim runner (Collins) and a guy he can kick the ball out to (Prince). General manager Travis Schlenk said he wants the best player available and he can’t go wrong with selecting Doncic here. The icing on the cake would be having him become the next big star on the Hawks since he won the Euroleague title and Euroleague MVP this year.

Malik Brown | @_MalikATL

Barring no trade, the Hawks will select Luka Doncic with the #3 pick. There have been rumblings of the Hawks being high on numerous players, so nothing is set in stone yet. I have also found myself switching picks numerous times as well, and it is frustrating. Luka Doncic may be one of the best pro-ready players in this draft with his resume in the Euroleague. He would be a nice ball handler that the Hawks need, especially with the talks of Dennis Schroder on the trade block.

Ryan Miller | @_RMiller30

Hawks will take Luka Doncic with the 3rd pick in the draft. Woj tweeted out late Tuesday night that he is the favorite to draft if still available based on what Phoenix and Sacramento do, Luka would be a perfect fit for the Hawks playing multiple positions and being a primary ball holder would help Dennis out next season. Also, he’s a winner and can bring that winning mentality to Atlanta as we try to rebuild quickly.

Jackson Stone | @tdjs_network

I believe the Hawks will select Luka Doncic. Doncic’s height at 6’8″ combined with his long-range marksmanship and elite court vision make him a hard prospect to pass up, assuming that he’s still available when the Hawks are on the clock.

Doncic also has had great success in Europe, which is arguably better competition than he would have been playing against in the NCAA. Furthermore, at age 19, he will have plenty of time to clean up the weaker areas of his game before he hits his physical prime.

Drafting Doncic would likely cause Dennis Schroder to force the issue of a possible trade involving him, as they both play point guard. This would allow Atlanta to get another piece in return for Schroder, preferably in the frontcourt, that they could pair alongside Doncic and the other pieces in place. All in all, Doncic seems like the right selection for Atlanta.

Bret Anderson | @Bret_A27

I think the Hawks will end up taking Luka Doncic. The Hawks can’t pass on this talent at 3 if he’s still there. He led his EuroLeague team to the championship and won an MVP at the age of 19. He can fill it up and has great court vision. Perhaps his biggest thing is that he makes his teammates better. Adding Doncic to the core of Collins, Prince, and potentially Schröder would get the Hawks headed into the right direction and could end up being the star of the city in the future.

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Phil Veasley
Phil Veasley is a resident of Atlanta who has been a die-hard Hawks fan since 2005. He is Civil Engineer student at KSU. Currently, Phil writes for Atlanta Hawks Talk while also managing all ATLSportsHQ sites. He can be reached on Twitter at @_ATLPhil

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