Atlanta Hawks GM Danny Ferry
Now that the playoffs have begun, the order of picks 15-30 in the NBA Draft have been finalized. Now we can wildly predict who will be on the squad next year. Yay!
The Atlanta Hawks will own the 17th and 18th selections in the 2013 NBA Draft on June 27. They also will have picks no. 47 and 50 (in the second round). Here’s some information regarding the picks, courtesy of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution’s Chris Vivlamore (Also, known as C-Viv):
The NBA conducted tie-breakers Friday through random drawing to set the draft order after the lottery teams.
The extra picks originally belonged to the Rockets. The Hawks get their first-round pick (No. 18) through the Nets as part of the Joe Johnson trade. The second-round pick (No. 50) was part of a 2009 trade between the Hawks and Rockets for David Anderson.
I’m excited to see what Danny Ferry does with these picks. Trading up is an option, but, as I (and others) have previously stated, the draft this year isn’t very hyped, especially with some players returning, such as Marcus Smart and Gary Harris.
With the first-round picks, I’m looking for the Hawks to draft two different players. When I say different, I’m implying that I don’t want them to go the Boston route (See: Draft, NBA 2012) and select two big-men. While the roster will change tremendously in the offseason, I’d like to see Ferry take a wing player and then the next best available player. NBADraft.net currently has the Hawks selecting two foreign players with their first-rounders. Here they are:
17. Dario Saric – 6ft 10 in – SF/PF – Croatia
- Very skilled wing
- Great size for his position
- Has extraordinary court vision
- Excellent ball handler
- Good rebounder
- Needs to improve his jump shot
- Needs to add strength
- Can be turnover prone
- Not an elite athlete
Not sure I would pull the trigger on a foreign player who isn’t a freak athlete or crazy-wet shooter. However, Chad Ford lists him as a “great get” at the 18 spot in his Mock Draft 1.0. A point forward would be interesting to see in Atlanta and I wouldn’t be totally against supporting a Croatian. Foreign players add some sizzle.
18. Lucas Nogueira – 7ft – PF/C – Brazil
- Athletic big man
- Excellent shot-blocker
- Aggressive rebounder
- Good motor
- Needs to add strength
- Still raw offensively
Chad Ford of ESPN is listing Nogueira as a possible second-round pick. Isn’t this a bit of a reach NBADraft.net? Anywho, this kid is a human jumping bean and may end up being a solid player if he puts in the effort.
Other players such as Kentavious Caldwell-Pope and CJ McCollum should be up for grabs when the clock turns to ATL on June 27. As of right now, any decision Danny Ferry makes is the right one. Remember that he has his own vision for the team and that our collective ideas are purely speculation.
*Charts courtesy of ESPN.com*