The draft lottery didn’t go exactly how most Hawks fans wanted. They, along with all of the other teams in the lottery, were hoping to get the number 1 pick so they can draft Zion Williamson. The majority of the teams were disappointed as only one team could win the lottery and get the number 1 pick; That team was the New Orleans Pelicans. The Hawks drew the 8th pick and the 10th pick, the 10th coming from the Dallas trade last year. According to the latest ESPN mock draft, the Hawks are likely to draft Cam Reddish at number 8 and Jaxson Hayes at number 10. If that pans out, this draft would be really helpful for Atlanta’s future. The Hawks are in need of two positions. We need a guard/forward, and a center. Reddish and Hayes would fit those roles perfectly. The draft will be held on Thursday, June 20.
Cam Reddish is a 6’8″ shooting guard/small forward from Duke University. Reddish is a spot up sharp shooter. It may seem like he struggled this past year, but that is because he was the third option on a Duke team led by Zion Williamson and RJ Barrett. Cam averaged 13.5 points and 3.7 rebounds per game. His numbers would’ve been a lot better had he been the number one option on a different team. Reddish is also a pretty good defender, and Atlanta needs a lot of help on defense. He averaged 1.6 steals and 0.6 blocks per game. Cam could be used kind of like Klay Thompson is for the Warriors. He could run around with the help of screens looking for an opportunity to catch and shoot. He could be lethal with Trae Young passing him the ball for three.
Jaxson Hayes is a 6’11” center from Texas. Hayes is probably the best center in the entire draft. He is a very good rim protector, averaging 2.2 blocks per game. He’s not a great scorer only averaging 10 points a game, but he shot at a very high percentage, 72.8%. If he gets the ball around the rim, he is very difficult to stop. He’s a great finisher around the basket. Hayes has good footwork in the post and has a nice touch on his jump hook. Hayes is very athletic and can run the floor very well. His is also a great jumper. He and Trae can run the pick and roll very effectively. Hayes and Collins would make for a very athletic and exciting front court.
An alternative option for our 10th pick could be the Hawks drafting Bol Bol, the 7’2″ center from Oregon. Atlanta would be taking a huge risk with this due to Bol just recently having foot surgery. The upside to Bol is too good to pass up though. He played nine games this past season and averaged 21 points and 9.6 rebounds per game. The most shocking part of his game is his three point shooting ability. He shot 52% from three in those nine games. That is insane, especially for someone who is over 7 feet tall. With such a long frame and a 7’8″ wingspan, Bol is a great shot blocker. He averaged 2.7 blocks per game. The only issue with Bol is his size. Like his father, Bol is really skinny. If he can get to the NBA and gain just a little muscle, he could be unstoppable. His style of play would be perfect for the Hawks. He could space out the floor so much more and let Trae create plays. He can run the pick and roll and the pick and pop effectively. He would give Collins more room down low to work. If Bol gets cleared by doctors, the Hawks could take a shot at him. Travis Schlenk will make the right decision.
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