Atlanta Hawks 2012 NBA Draft Recap & Analysis

The Atlanta Hawks added two nice young players via the Draft on Thursday selecting Vanderbilt sharp-shooter John Jenkins with the No. 23 overall pick in the first rounded and big man Mike Scott from Virginia with the No. 43 overall selection in the second and final round.

Chad Ford’s Insider Draft Grade via ESPN.com: With just six players under contract for next season, the Hawks needed depth at every position. While they landed arguably the draft’s best shooter and a power forward who put up big numbers in the ACC, I think they passed on players with much more upside than Jenkins.

In other words, they took the player ranked 36th on our Big Board at the 23rd pick. They reached for a need instead of the best player available. While I think both Jenkins and Scott will be solid NBA players, playing it safe only gets you a C.

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John Jenkins (Vanderbilt)
Height: 6-foot-4
Weight: 220
Age: 21
Position: Shooting Guard

Brief Bio via Hawks PR:

The Southeastern Conference’s leading scorer for the last two seasons, Jenkins was an All-SEC first-team member as a sophomore and junior for the Commodores, and was named an Associated Press third-team All-American in 2012 … he posted 19.9 ppg, 2.9 rpg and 1.2 apg (.474 FG%, .439 3FG%, .837 FT%) last year, with season highs of 28 at North Carolina State and Georgia … considered one of the nation’s best long-range shooters, Jenkins was selected the 2012 SEC Tournament’s MVP after leading Vandy to the conference championship in a 71-64 over then-#1 ranked Kentucky … the title was Vanderbilt’s first tourney win in 61 years … his birthplace is Hendersonville, TN … CAREER TOTALS – 16.9 points, 2.7 rebounds and 1.1 assists (.469 FG%, .438 3FG%, .856 FT%).

Ford’s Insider Analysis: 

Jenkins may be the best shooter in the draft. He’s undersized and one-dimensional, but he has a super quick release and deep range. The Hawks needed shooters in their backcourt.

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Mike Scott (Virginia)
Height: 6-foot-8
Weight: 237
Age: 23
Position: Power Forward

Brief Bio via Hawks PR:

Another four-year player, Scott was a first-team All-Atlantic Coast Conference selection and a third-team Sporting News and Basketball Times All-America selection in 2011-12 … established a school record by earning ACC Player of the Week honors a league-high four times last year – a single-season record for a UVA player … first in the conference in FG percentage, Scott posted 18.0 ppg and 8.3 rpg (.563 FG%, .808 FT%) in 32 games … in a March game at Maryland, he scored a career-high 35 points and grabbed 11 boards in 44 minutes … his hometown is Chesapeake, VA … CAREER TOTALS – 11.8 points and 7.3 rebounds (.521 FG%, . 364 3FG%, .775 FT%).

Ford’s Insider Analysis: 

Scott was one of the most consistent scorers at the college level. He’s tough, can score inside and out, and many teams thought he might end up in the first round. A nice pick for the Hawks here.

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