Atlanta Hawks: 2016 NBA Draft selections


In the 2016 NBA Draft, the Atlanta Hawks held the Nos. 12, 21, 44, and 54 picks. Who did they select on Thursday night?

In the 2016 NBA Draft, the Atlanta Hawks had a total of four picks, Nos. 12, 21, 44, and 54. The Hawks acquired the 12th pick earlier this week, which formerly belonged to the Utah Jazz, through a three-team trade that sent point guard Jeff Teague to the Indiana Pacers.

Round 1:

With the 12th overall pick in the first round, the Atlanta Hawks selected 6’8″, 220 lb. Baylor forward Taurean Prince.

Because the official pick was made by the Jazz, they will hold his draft rights until the trade can be finalized. Therefore, Prince will not officially join the Hawks until the NBA free agency period ends on July 6.

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VIA Chris Vivlamore of The Atlanta Journal-Constitution 

"According to the NBA Draft media notes, Prince’s strengths are “has excellent size and length for a small forward. Has good mobility, fluidity and explosiveness. Very good three-point shooter with NBA range. Versatile and effective defender.”"

Next, with the 21st overall selection in the first round of the 2016 NBA Draft, the Atlanta Hawks selected small forward DeAndre Bembry from St. Joseph’s. He was the Hawks’ first official pick of the draft.

Last season, Bembry was named Atlantic 10 Player of the Year, and was also an Associated Press Honorable Mention All-American.

Round 2:

After selecting two college players in the first round, the Hawks took a different approach with their first pick in Round 2.

In the second round, with the No. 44 overall pick, the Atlanta Hawks selected 19-year-old shooting guard Isaia Cordinier from France. Cordinier is 6’5″ with a 6’8″ wingspan.

Next: Atlanta Hawks: Teague to Pacers in three-team trade

The Atlanta Hawks sold their their fourth and final pick in the 2016 NBA Draft to the Cleveland Cavaliers. The Cavs bought the No. 54 pick, Kay Felder, from the Hawks for $2.4 million.