2018 NBA Draft: Could Hawks Trade Up for Wizards Pick?

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Meet Shai Gilgeous-Alexander

Gilgeous-Alexander may not be getting the love and respect he deserves. He may not be a top-ten pick, but teams should definitely have him on their radar.

Kentucky Head Coach John Calipari has done an outstanding job with the Kentucky basketball program. He is one of the few coaches who has supported and embraced the one-and-done concept wholeheartedly.

In recent years the coach has done nothing but grow talent. Think about every great Kentucky player that has tasted NBA success. A few players that come to mind include John Wall, Anthony Davis, DeMarcus Cousins and Jamal Murray.

If the Hawks drafted Alexander they would receive a 6-foot-6 combo guard who can adjust to any type of game.

The Kentucky guard averaged 14.4 points, 4.1 rebounds, and 5.1 assists while shooting an excellent 48.5 percent from the field. Alexander does a wonderful job of pushing the fast break, finishing at the rim and running the pick and roll.

On defense, the freshman can guard one-on-one and has a knack for playing the passing lanes. In today’s NBA, defense isn’t relevant until the playoffs. Also, the young guard can play team defense as well.

A weakness that Alexander needs to address is his strength and shooting consistency. The Canada native shot 40.4 percent from deep this season.

Remember all Kentucky players don’t get to showcase their whole game because of the system Calipari runs.