As the three-team trade has been made official, Taurean Prince is officially an Atlanta Hawk.
After the long-awaited process of the three-team trade becoming finalized, the No. 12 pick of this year’s NBA Draft, Taurean Prince, is officially a member of the Atlanta Hawks.
Prince was apart of the three-team trade between the Hawks, Utah Jazz, and Indiana Pacers that included sending Jeff Teague to Indiana and George Hill to Utah. There was worry beginning to grow that Teague may not pass his physical and the trade would be voided, but all worries were put to rest when Teague had his official press conference today in Indiana at 1:00 PM ET.
The rookie out of Baylor will finally make his Summer League debut today at 4:30 PM ET against the Brooklyn Nets after missing the first two games. He wasn’t allowed to participate in either games or practices, but still was in attendance on the bench. The Hawks were able to take both games, but Prince’s skill would’ve helped in many ways.
As we’ve seen thus far, DeAndre Bembry, the Hawks other first-round selection, has lived up to the hype by having two solid all-around performances. Prince will be much of the same as Bembry, but comes with more size and strength that will also help the Hawks during the regular season.
Prince has been often heard comparisons to former Hawk DeMarre Carroll, who was their lockdown three-and-D player in 2014-15. Carroll signed with Toronto last summer and his absence was definitely felt last season.
Here are the strengths of Prince’s game by NBADraft.net:
Strengths: At 6’7’’, possessing a strong 215 pound frame with long arms, and very good lateral quickness, Prince’s physical tools paired with excellent defensive instincts and intensity projects him as a player capable of guarding both shooting guards, and a large portion of small forwards at the NBA level … Playing in Baylor’s zone scheme, he still manages to block 1 shot and steal the ball 1.2 times in only 25.5 minutes per game (1.6 bpg and 1.9 spg per 40 minutes) … Unlike some players who rely on the zone to hide physical shortcomings, Prince’s defensive smarts and length allow him to excel in this scheme … This ability paired with a high defensive IQ projects him as a capable defender in the much different man to man heavy landscape of the NBA … Prince uses his athletic ability to finish strong at the rim (66.2%) and his speed to establish himself as a transition threat. He’s also a very good spot up shooter, with considerable range … 21 games into his Junior season, he’s shooting 40% from beyond the 3 point arc on 3.9 attempts per game … He’s excellent spotting up in the corner, and he leads Baylor in scoring despite coming off the bench, and playing the 5th most minutes on the team … Per 40 minutes he’s averaging 19 points per game, and 8.8 rebounds … He’s incredibly productive when he’s in the game, and he’s well above average in terms of rebounding for an NCAA small forward … Young for his class, he turned 20 August 22nd 2014 …