2019 NBA Draft: Atlanta Hawks Swing for Fences, Select Cam Reddish #10

Cam Reddish Atlanta Hawks 2019 NBA Draft (Photo by Sarah Stier/Getty Images)
Cam Reddish Atlanta Hawks 2019 NBA Draft (Photo by Sarah Stier/Getty Images) /

A quick recap of the Atlanta Hawks taking Cam Reddish at #10 overall in the 2019 NBA Draft.

For months now, the Atlanta Hawks have been linked with one player above all others in the 2019 NBA Draft: Cam Reddish out of Duke University.

Now, after the team held on to its #10 overall pick, that dream has become a reality, and the Atlanta Hawks took a big swing on Reddish’s upside in the 2019 NBA Draft.

Certainly, Reddish flashed a variety of skills in his freshman season, but, for the most part, he was overshadowed by the all-encompassing mastery of Zion Williamson (who unsurprisingly went first overall to the Pelicans) and the ball-dominance and head-down scoring of R.J. Barrett (who went third to the New York Knicks).

Reddish’s stock slipped as a result, which allowed the Atlanta Hawks to take him later on in the lottery.

By selecting Reddish, Duke became the first school to have three players selected in the Top 10 of the NBA Draft since the University of Florida in 2007 when Al Horford, Corey Brewer and Joakim Noah were taken in the top 10.

Reddish’s stats were fairly unimpressive during his freshman season, but he puts forth a ton of effort on the defensive end, which is an area where the Atlanta Hawks need to sorely improve, and he projects to be a terrific three-point shooter at the next level.

By taking Reddish at #10 and De’Andre Hunter at #4, the Atlanta Hawks have made two selections of players that project to be three-and-D wings in this draft. One with a high floor (Hunter) and one with a high ceiling (Reddish).

As such, Schlenk’s masterplan seemingly came to fruition, and the team still has a late second round pick at #57 after the team’s trade with the New Orleans Pelicans earlier today.

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