When you hear about the top picks in this year’s draft, the same three names seem to come up every time. DeAndre Ayton, Luka Doncic, and Marvin Bagley. The Hawks will have the chance to get one of those three players since they have the third pick in the draft. These players are not game changers like some of the recent drafts have had, but they have the potential to be great in the future. The Hawks will have a tough decision to make. Do they think one of those three players are game changers at No. 3 or is there another player outside of those three that could be better. I’m here to tell you, there is a change that the latter of that statement may be true. Let’s take a look at some of the players the Hawks could consider at three.
Jaren Jackson Jr.
It could be argued that Jackson is a top-3 prospect in this draft. Others will tell you that he’s better than Ayton, the top-rated prospect in the draft. Jackson has the body and skill set to be a high profiled pick. Being 6’11″ and having a 7-foot wingspan is a blessing. Jackson can play inside and out. His defense is even more impressive as he averaged three blocks per game. As you can see, there’s no surprise that some people have Jackson so high on their draft boards. He’s still a raw prospect, but he could be one of the best centers in years to come.
Collin Sexton was amazing for Alabama this season. He carried them to a March Madness bid, and you can tell he isn’t afraid of the moment. With Dennis Schroder having his problems with the Hawks, the team may be looking for a guard in this draft. He’s a great finisher and can get to the paint with ease. One negative is his 3-point shooting, but that can improve with time.
Michael Porter Jr.
This personally may be my favorite prospect in the draft. Michael Porter Jr. could have one of the highest ceilings out of this draft class. His pro comparison is Paul George, and he falls nothing short of that comparison. He was considered to be the No. 1 pick earlier this year. His back surgery left many scouts wondering about his health going forward. If you put all of the injury talk to the side, this may be one of the top players in the draft as well. If the Hawks take him, it could be considered a steal on how well he plays coming off his injury.