With the hours ticking down until draft day, the Atlanta Hawks have some important decisions to make. With six picks in this draft, the Hawks will have the luxury of trading down, up or to take six players on Thursday. There have been numerous rumors in the weeks coming up to Thursday. One, the Hawks are linked to multiple players with their 8th pick. The other is they plan on packaging their picks to move up in the draft.
With no true small forward on the team after the Taurean Prince trade, it’s obvious the players that are on the Hawks board are DeAndre Hunter, Jarrett Culver and Cam Reddish. All three of these players bring something different to the table and could benefit the Hawks in certain areas. The truth is, the Hawks don’t have to trade up to get the guy they need. He’ll most likely still be on the board at No. 8. That means with the 8th pick in the draft, the Atlanta Hawks select…
Cam Reddish, Duke University
The 6-foot-8 forward from Duke University would be the best prospect for the Hawks. The skill set he brings can make him the best offensive player in this draft. His NBA comparison is nearly Paul George due to his build and the way he flows on offense. The Hawks are looking for a scorer that can play alongside Trae Young. Reddish would be the perfect fit. He averaged 13.5 points at Duke playing behind R.J Barrett and Zion Williamson which isn’t bad. His offensive potential could’ve seen him average more. His size and frame can allow him to take defenders one-on-one and get into the lane easily.
The length also allows him to defend multiple positions which would be a plus in Coach Pierce’s books. Yes, Hunter and Culver are known for their defense, but they don’t bring the offense that Reddish can. Taking the load off of Young may be a goal for the Hawks, and drafting Reddish could do that. He could play point forward at times and run the pick-and-roll with John Collins, which would be scary for defenses.
Questions and Concerns
There have been many concerns on if Reddish can stay committed to the game, which should be no question if you look at what he offers. Reddish was also inconsistent at times, and his 3-point percentage (33%) was not encouraging. Reddish should be able to play within his game and not force anything if drafted by the Hawks. They’ll be able to play around his strengths, which could help elevate his and the team’s play.
With so many questions surrounding Reddish, it wouldn’t be a surprise to see him fall to No. 8. On the other hand, with his upside and potential, it wouldn’t be a surprise to see him get drafted before that. This may be a reason Travis Schlenk wants to move up to ensure he gets his guy. The Hawks only threat for someone to take him would be the Cleveland Cavaliers, but they would more likely to take Culver or Hunter.
Reddish could be getting the most out of his game if he goes to Atlanta, and could make the Hawks offense something to look out for in the future.
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