With the NBA Draft only 18 days away it’s safe to say that most front offices have officially entered panic mode. Decisions on whether to trade up, down or out in the first round or what positions should be targeted for each team is something every teams general manager and coaching staff has discussed heavily already.
For the Atlanta Hawks, the idea of trading up is most definitely a possibly, as I explained in my last article, but for the purpose of this article let us just say they stay locked in at the 15th overall pick.
Here are three prospects I believe should be targeted:
Kyle Anderson (PG/SF-UCLA)
I love this kid and I know Hawks’ General Manger Danny Ferry will too. His 6’9 frame allows him to play the small forward position and even the power forward position against the smaller power forwards in the league. Even though Anderson is 6’9 his passing ability is comparable to that of a point guard. He has great court vision and a high basketball IQ. I look at him and I see a better three point shooting Lamar Odom. His versatility and 48 percent 3-point shooting will make him a great fit in Atlanta’s “Spurs’ like system.”
Rodney Hood (SF-Duke)
Hood is definitely less versatile than Anderson, but he is still a great player that plays smart basketball. His offense game is something I think the Hawks will fall in love with, but his defense needs some work. Hood sometimes appears to not be giving his all when on the court and this might be enough to discourage Ferry from drafting him. Overall when he plays hard, there aren’t too many better small forwards available and he could really help improve the Hawks offensively.
James Young (SG-Kentucky)
Young is an interesting pick for me as I believe he isn’t quite NBA ready. He is a player whose potential flashes at times on the court and for that reason I believe Atlanta should take a serious look at Young. He shot a respectable 35 percent from downtown and averaged over 14 points per game in his only season with the Wildcats. One concerning stat with Young is that he averaged more turnovers per game than assists which definitely doesn’t fit Atlanta’s high-assist offense. With some more years to develop, I believe Young can develop into a really good player if not a great player.
I only listed three players but obviously there are many other options. I would love to hear your opinion in the comment section below or tweet me @briangarcia0724.