Atlanta Hawks Mock Draft 2.0

EAST LANSING, MI - JANUARY 19: Jaren Jackson Jr.
EAST LANSING, MI - JANUARY 19: Jaren Jackson Jr. /
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NEW YORK, NY – MARCH 03: Jaren Jackson Jr.
NEW YORK, NY – MARCH 03: Jaren Jackson Jr. /

C/PF. Hawks. Jaren Jackson Jr.. 3. player. 125.

While the Hawks are currently tied for the 3rd-worst record in the league, for the purposes of this article, we are giving the team the third overall pick – not the best place to be, but still great.

After DeAndre Ayton and Luka Doncic are off the board with the first and second overall pick (not necessarily in that order), the Hawks have innumerable options from the “second tier” in this draft.

The team would do well to weigh their options heavily, but Jaren Jackson Jr. has massive upside that the team would do well to explore.

After Doncic and Ayton, Jackson Jr. provides the Hawks with a terrific chance at a superstar player.

For a stacked Michigan State University team (currently sitting as the 4th-ranked team in the nation), Jackson Jr. is only playing 22.2 minutes per game and putting up 11.3 points per game, 5.8 rebounds per game and 1.2 assists per game. Jackson has a 27.5 Player Efficiency Rating, which is tops among a terrifically talented Michigan State team.

Where Jackson Jr. really shines is on defense, as he uses Mr. Fantastic-esque length as a fearsome and sinewy rim protector. Triple J is a shot-blocking machine, as he is 3rd in the country in total blocks with 104, tied for 4th in the country with 3.2 blocks per game and 2nd overall in the country in block percentage with an immense 14.6 percent.

Overall, Jackson’s defense is historically stifling. With an 85.9 defensive rating per 100 possessions, Jackson ranks 4th in the country in that statistic.

Jackson is not just a one-trick defensive bulwark, as he is also drilling three-pointers at an impressive 39.6% clip.

At 6’11” and 242 pounds, Jackson Jr. has an NBA-ready frame, and for the Hawks, pairing him with John Collins inside would form a terrifying frontcourt that would terrorize opposing teams with immense length and stunning athleticism for years to come.