Michael Cunningham at the AJC has an article today looking at what the Hawks might do with the 24th pick.
Are these the five players Michael mentioned in a previous article? We may never know if these five players are the guys the Hawks have narrowed their list down to, but Michael mentions in the article that they gave enough clues to make an educated guess.
More after the jump.
The five players mentioned in this article are:
1. Gani Lawal, PF, Georgia Tech – I’ve already talked about him in a couple of other blog entries. Gani overall is considered to be a borderline first round guy. The numbers do show that he is a very good rebounder and rebounded at a high rate despite having another dominant rebounder playing alongside him in Derrick Favors. The two things that Gani can do real well are rebound and play defense, and those skills translate well to the NBA. I feel he’s a player that may not have much upside, but he’s going to be a solid NBA player.
2. Trevor Booker, PF, Clemson – This is a guy who falls into that Ryan Gomes/Brandon Bass category in that he’s a power forward in a small foward’s body. He’s shorter but a little bit longer than Gani Lawal. Trevor is solid offensively and can stretch the defense out some. There is some talk that Lawal and Booker are high on Portland’s draft board as well.
3. Jordan Crawford, SG, Xavier – Jordan pulled out of his workout with the Hawks, but based on what I take from this article, he might just be the top guy on the Hawks board. He’s a tremendous scorer who can shoot the ball from the perimter and put the ball on the floor. Assistant GM Dave Pendergraft says in this article that he’s not sure Jordan will be there. Dave Pendergraft called him a mini version of Jamal Crawford.
4. Dominique Jones, SG, South Florida – Much like Crawford, Dominique is a tremendous scorer. Whereas Jordan is also a good shooter, Dominique gets his points by attacking the basket. He’s going to have to improve his jumper, but he’s a player that should be able to come into the league and defend right off the bat. I like his wingspan and athleticism.
5. Terrico White, SG, Mississippi – While the other two guards are scorers, this guy is a shooter. He’s actually one of the rare players in this draft that can both shoot and defend. Terrico has a very good wingspan and standout athleticism with a 40 inch maximum vertical. As the article states, Terrico is a player a coach will end up running plays for to get him open in catch and shoot situations. He’s considered to be a borderline first round guy overall.
If these are the five players, then it looks like the Hawks are focusing on guys who can come in and help right now as opposed to sitting at the end of the bench. It also looks to me like they definitely want to add a wing player/shooter to the mix that could possibly help out this team’s lousy perimeter defense. My best guess at this time is that Jordan Crawford is probably at the top of their board, and they will take him if he’s there. After that, it is anyone’s guess. I feel like they will probably go with one of the other guards, but I also feel like they have Lawal and Booker rated high enough that they just might take one of them if they are off the board.