With about a month left in the NBA season, draft odds are heating up. The Hawks are currently sit at 5th and have about a 10 percent chance to land the number 1 pick. With the potential of having 2 top 10 picks, the team can go many different ways in who they want to select. Sports Betting Dime has weekly updates on this if you want to check the odds.
Right now, the places where the Hawks may look for depth is at the wing and center position. Luckily for them, both positions have several polished college prospects, but the wings look to be the most intriguing. RJ Barrett, Cameron Reddish, and De’Andre Hunter are the top wings in the draft class, but which one fits the Hawks the best?
Barrett has been talked up to be the 2nd best player in the draft, after his Duke teammate Zion Williamson. He’s averaging 23 points and has recently been the go-to player for the Blue Devils with Zion still sidelined due to a Nike related knee injury. Barrett’s long body helps him get to the rim easily, and also defend multiple positions, two things in which the Hawks take pride. His perimeter shooting may need some improvement, but he’s proven he can hit a shot if needed. Barrett is that he needs the ball in hands to be effective, and with Trae Young acting as the playmaker on the team; it may be difficult for him to get the touches he needs to be most effective.
For Duke’s lack of perimeter shooting, Cameron Reddish helps fill that void with his consistency. The Hawks have shown this season that they live oand die by the 3. With Reddish shooting 2.6 threes per game, he would fit right in with Atlanta. He’s also another lengthy wing that can guard many positions, which rises his stock more on the draft board as perimeter defense becomes more valuable. Even though his perimeter shooting may be his biggest strength, and can also be his biggest weakness as we’ve seen at times during his collegiate season showing the ability to be quite streaky.
Another potential 3&D player for the Hawks in De’Andre Hunter from Virginia. He’s shooting 44% from 3 and can make an impact on defense. He hasn’t shown a real overall game on the playmaking side of the ball, which could hurt him in the draft, but he fits the mold as a wing player. With enough versatility on offense and defense to fit the system he enters, it would be hard for the Hawks not to take a look at him if he’s still on the board.
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