With the Atlanta Hawks having three first round picks, they might try and trade up to get Jarrett Culver. Culver is a shooting guard from Texas Tech. He is 6’6 195 pounds and would fit perfectly for the Hawks. Culver plays very good defense as he has quick hands and great defensive instincts. Culver is also an above average rebounder for a man of his size and is a difficult matchup for anyone in the fast break. Last season, he played a huge role in Texas Tech’s offense as he averaged 18.5 points per game, while also shooting 46.1 percent. Culver also average 3.7 assists and averaged 6.4 rebounds per game. He shot 30.4 percent from three averaged 32.5 minutes. Culver is such a threat offensively, that he can easily draw defenders especially when he drives to the paint.
One of the things that makes Culver so good is that he has the ability to make a big play when his team needs it. Everyone saw this in the NCAA tournament where Culver help lead Texas Tech to the National Championship against Virginia. Culver’s best game of the tournament came against Michigan in the Sweet 16 where he finished the game with 22 points, 3 steals, 4 rebounds, and 4 assists. He did struggle some in the tournament, but was able to help Texas Tech when he was off. Despite the loss to Virginia in the national championship game, Culver still was able to get 9 rebounds, had 5 assists, and 2 steals.
The one weakness that Culver does have is his three point shooting. In his Freshman year, he shot 38.2 percent from three. In his Sophomore season, he shot 30.4 percent from three (as previously stated in the article). It is expected that whoever gets Culver, he will improve his three point shooting. Even though Culver’s three point shooting still isn’t great, defenders still have to respect his shot. Despite Culver’s three point shooting difficulties, he would be a great get for the Hawks. Whoever gets Culver in the draft, he will make an immediate impact.
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By: Stewart Zwald @SDZwald041599