Rounding up various mock drafts and analyzing them for the Atlanta Hawks.
Although mock drafts have been coming out steadily since last draft, the turn to the new year is when production picks up. Atlanta Hawks fans should be following these closely, as they currently carry the best odds for the #1 pick.
Rounding up these mock drafts into one, here’s what the experts are saying about the Hawks’ summer picks:
Tankathon: Anthony Edwards, Georgia
Jonathon Wasserman, Bleacher Report: James Wiseman, Memphis
NBADraft.net: Anthony Edwards, Georgia
Kyle Boone, CBS Sports: Cole Anthony, North Carolina
A. Sherrod Blakely, NBC Sports: James Wiseman, Memphis
Daniel Priest, Busting Brackets: James Wiseman, Memphis
Well, the consensus is pretty split.
Unlike Zion Williamson a year ago, there is no definite #1 pick. It’s more like the 2018 Draft, where every team valued someone different, with Deandre Ayton going over Trae young, Luka Doncic and more.
If the Hawks land the first overall pick, as most of the mocks above had them slated to, it would be hard to pass up on Wiseman, filling the center role they need the most help with.
However, Wiseman has had some issues with the NCAA, and won’t be playing anymore this season, basically coming right out of high school now.
Anthony Edwards is usually either right above or right under Wiseman for the top prospect on most big boards, and the Georgia connection is intriguing.
Cole Anthony was the other name mentioned above, albeit just once. The currently-injured UNC stud is a point guard, and I doubt the Hawks use a top-5 selection on a back up to Trae Young, though stranger things have happened.
For now, I’m guessing the Hawks would be torn between Edwards and Wiseman. Personally I’d give a slight edge to Wiseman, as the center is not only the position the Hawks need the most, big men are the hardest to find through the draft.
If you thing you can get a good one, you have to take it.