The Atlanta Hawks are projected to select Andrew Nicholson with the No. 23 overall pick in the 2012 NBA Draft according to ESPN Insider Chad Ford’s updated mock.
Lets take a closer look at the new potential draftee:
Andrew Nicholson (St. Bonaventure)
Weight: 234 pounds
Brief Bio via Hawks PR:
The four-year performer was the 2012 Atlantic 10 Player of the Year and an honorable mention All-American after delivering 18.5 ppg and 8.4 rpg (.571 FG%, .434 3FG%, .776 FT%) … in his final season with the Bonnies, Nicholson became the first player in the history of the league to take home four straight Player of the Week honors … he had nine double-doubles and scored a season high 32 points on two occasions … he was born in Mississauga, Ontario. *** CAREER TOTALS – 17.1 points, 7.2 rebounds and 2.0 blocks (.575 FG%, .382 3FG%, .720 FT%).
Ford’s Insider Information via ESPN.com
Analysis: Nicholson’s ability to score inside and outside combined with his defensive abilities should be a nice fit in Atlanta — especially with Josh Smith now on the trading block.
Trade Scenarios: The Hawks are shopping Smith around the league, trying to move up in the lottery. They also have some interest in Pau Gasol, according to sources. The Rockets have also shown interest in Smith.
Hawks’ Big Board:
1. Royce White
2. Jared Sullinger
3. Andrew Nicholson
4. Evan Fournier
5. Tony Wroten