With the 15th overall pick in the 2014 NBA Draft, the Atlanta Hawks have selected power forward Adreian Payne out of Michigan State University.
Payne played four years at Michigan State, and averaged 16.4 points and 7.3 rebounds during his senior season.
This is a solid pick for the Hawks, as he will fit well in Mike Budenholzer’s system. He is a 6’9″ power forward who can step out and hit some shots from beyond the arc at a nice rate.
It is a little confusing, as the Hawks could have used some scoring and depth in the small forward position, and they passed on some good prospects in that position. Payne can come in and help stretch the floor and rebound off the bench, but Millsap will likely remain the starter.
This also likely means that Elton Brand is out the door in Atlanta, and it could also mean that Millsap could be dangled in trade talks. His contract is expiring after this upcoming season, and if Payne plays well, Danny Ferry could look to make a move.
The future is bright for the Atlanta Hawks, and here’s hoping the newest member of the team can come in and contribute at a high level.