Could Gani Lawal be taken by the Atlanta Hawks with the 24th pick of the first round? According to Michael Cunningham over at the AJC, Lawal is one of five players the Hawks are considering with the 24th pick in the first round.
Gani is a local player from Norcross, GA. He has the reputation of being a strong interior presence both offensively and defensively. He doesn’t stand out in any one area, but he is a guy that has gotten better with each year at the college level. Gani is long and athletic. He’s a good finisher around the rim and has a solid back to the basket game in the low post. He is very limited when he gets very far from the basket, but he understands his weaknesses and plays his game towards his strengths. Overall, he is a solid player who will probably make a nice back up player in the NBA. Looking at both Draft Express and NBADraft.net, Gani is rated right around 30 in the draft. It’s not a stretch to think Gani could very well be the Hawks pick.
Who are the other four players the Hawks are considering? Your guess is as good as mine. If you take their rankings as the gospel, then you have to think the Hawks are looking at the likes of Larry Sanders from VCU, Solomon Alabi from Florida State, Terrico White from Mississippi, and Dominique Jones from South Florida. The Hawks have openly stated that they would like to get a big man or a shooter in this draft, but with the 24th pick, they will probably just take the proverbial best player available. Also, given Rick Sunds history at drafting international players, I would not rule out the Hawks looking at an international prospect that they may or may not bring to Atlanta to workout. I have no idea where Pape Sy’s draft stock currently is, but he’s an intriguing player who is reportedly very athletic, versatile, and can shoot the basketball.
The only other big news over the last day was the fact that Jordan Crawford apparently pulled out of the workout with the Hawks yesterday. He’s a very athletic guy who can catch and shoot, and he’s a tremendous scorer. There is some speculation that he may have gotten a guarantee by someone ahead of the Hawks. He would have been an interesting fit for the Hawks, because he brings a lot of what they are looking for if he can go from being the main guy to being a role player.