Michael Cunningham over at the AJC appears to have decided to have two separate lists of players. Last night, he talked about 5 players that could possibly help the Hawks right now. Tonight, he has decided to put together a list of players that could help the Hawks down the road.
The names mentioned on this list are Florida State’s Solomon Alabi, France’s Kevin Seraphin, Marshall’s Hassan Whiteside, and Kentucky’s Daniel Orton. Of these, only Whiteside has not reportedly met with the Hawks. Michael mentions that the Hawks met with Kevin Seraphin for several hours on Monday, which just happened to be the one day in the past week they didn’t bring in a group of guys to work out.
I’ve mentioned Kevin Seraphin in the past thinking that he is the likely pick for the Hawks. Of the center prospects that could be available for the Hawks, he’s probably the most functional basketball player among them. Kevin is around 6’9″ with a 7’3.5″ wingspan. I can already hear it now. He’s not a true center at that height. Please check my last entry for my thoughts on that. Everything I’ve read on Kevin says that he is a strong interior player that can defend and rebound. He has drawn comparisons to Serge Ibaka, and in the article linked, Michael Cunningham mentions that some executives think he is potentially another Nene.
Kevin Seraphin is a player that makes sense for the Hawks in many ways. One, he’s a big body which is something they don’t really have an abundance of inside. Two, he’s versatile enough to play both interior positions defensively. Another reason he makes some sense is because they don’t necessarily have to sign him and bring him in right now. They can draft him, hold his rights, and stash him overseas until they think he is ready to contribute on this team. The fact is, if the Hawks do draft him, he’s going to have a tough time getting playing time as a third string center behind Al Horford and Zaza Pachulia. He could possibly contribute some minutes as a power forward, but overall, I think the Hawks will spread most of the minutes in the two low post positions between Josh Smith, Al Horford, and Zaza.
The other names mentioned on this list likely will not play much for Atlanta initially. Hassan Whiteside needs to be seasoned in the NBADL for a year or two, and the other two guys simply will have a hard time finding time on the floor considering that they likely can only play the center position.