2019 NBA Draft: Exploring All 6 Atlanta Hawks Picks After Nets Trade

Admiral Schofield and Grant Williams Atlanta Hawks 2019 NBA Draft (Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images)
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Dylan Windler. 35. player. 125. . Wing. Atlanta Hawks

So far in this 2019 NBA Draft mock-up for the Atlanta Hawks, the team has taken two big men in the lottery and a guard/swingman prospect with the 17th overall pick. With Taurean Prince traded away, the team still has a sore need at the three.

Enter Dylan Windler out of Belmont. Though Windler is rail-thin at 6-foot-8 and 200 pounds, he does have a 6-foot-11 wingspan, which can perhaps help him hang on the defensive end, where he produced a 2.4 percent steal rate (1.4 steals per game) and a 1.7 percent block rate (0.6 per game) in his senior season per KenPom.

Windler’s most notable defensive skill, however, is his rebounding. Windler has a terrific nose for the ball and seems to know exactly where to be to nab boards at a stellar rate. Per KenPom, Windler produced the 30th-ranked defensive rebound rate in the country in his senior year at 27.2 percent.

However, where Windler will truly impact the Atlanta Hawks is on the offensive side. Windler produced exceptional scoring numbers in his final year at Belmont, and he should provide the Hawks with a capable secondary ballhandler to play alongside Trae Young – as well as another terrific shooter on the wing who should be a catch-and-shoot expert.

Per Bart Torvik, 51.4 percent of Windler’s shots were three-pointers and he drilled those shots at a 43 percent shooting clip (95 of 221). That combination of three-point shooting efficiency and volume is exactly what the Atlanta Hawks should be looking for in the 2019 NBA Draft. Combine that with the fact that 88.4 percent of Windler’s triples came off of an assist, and one can imagine Windler curling around screens or zooming through the paint to the wing – where a Trae Young assist awaits him with open arms.