Atlanta Hawks: Atl All Day Mock Draft 1.0 Post Lottery

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5. Cleveland Cavaliers

Cam Reddish – Forward – Duke

Height:6’8 Weight:208 Age:19.8

Wingspan:7’1 Standing Reach:8’10

This pick will disappoint the majority of Atlanta Hawks fans, as Cam Reddish is the most popular choice for the fans at number eight. This is judging by what I have seen on social media thus far. Unfortunately if Hawks fans see the immense potential in Cam Reddish, at least one general manager in the top seven is certain to see it as well. Reddish is extremely long and has similar measurements to Hall of Fame player Scottie Pippen.

Cam Reddish is a very versatile player. He was a point guard before hitting a growth spurt, so he handles the ball very well. In addition he shoots the ball well off the dribble from mid range. Cam has nice shooting form, but his three-point shot is inconsistent. He also needs to be more physical as he tends to avoid contact and play more of a finesse game. He also settles for jump shots too often, rather than taking the ball all the way to the rim.

Reddish was inefficient and didn’t live up to his number two high school ranking, as the third option for Duke. Especially with R.J. Barrett being the teams primarily facilitator. Had Coach K placed Reddish in the role of primary playmaker and allowed Barrett and Zion Williamson to focus on scoring, the results of his freshman season would have been totally different. The Cavaliers need an additional playmaker to pair with point guard Colin Sexton, who is much more of a scorer than a passer. This makes Cam Reddish an ideal fit at pick number five. NBA general managers made the mistake of letting Devin Booker slip through the cracks, after not putting up big numbers on a loaded Kentucky team. They won’t want to make the same mistake with Cam Reddish.

ESPN provides us with a great scouting profile on Cam Reddish on their YouTube channel:

2018 Stats: Pts:13.5 REB:3.7 APG:1.9 STL:1.6 BLK:0.6 FG%:35.6 2P%:39.4 3P%:33.3 FT%:77.2

6. Phoenix Suns

Coby White: Point Guard – North Carolina

Height:6’5 Weight:191 Age:19.4

Wingspan:6’5 Standing Reach:8’2

The Phoenix Suns have young talent everywhere on the roster. They are stacked at the wing position, led by star Devin Booker and supported by Mikal Bridges, Josh Jackson, T.J. Warren and Kelly Oubre. 2018 number one overall pick Deandre Ayton anchors the middle for Phoenix. The one position that the team is devoid of talent at is point guard. This forced leading scorer Devin Booker to have to facilitate, much more often than he should have. Drafting a point guard in the top ten would eliminate that issue.

Coby White is the Suns selection with the sixth overall pick in the 2019 Atl All Day Mock Draft. The freshman guard started all 35 games for the North Carolina Tar Heels. White is a good shooter and scorer. He’s able to shoot off screens, spotting up and off the dribble. He excels in transition and is dangerous in the open court, both shooting and attacking the rim. However Coby needs to learn the art of controlling tempo and changing speeds. His tendency to play supper fast an aggressive caused him to sometimes turn the ball over too much. He’s improved as a passer, but still has a ways to go in that department. Coby White is a very good fit in the backcourt next to Devin Booker, due to his ability to shoot as well as create for others. Jarrett Culver and De’Andre Hunter were considered here, but the Suns just can not afford to ignore the point guard spot any longer. Kyle Boone of CBS Sports projects White to be selected number seven to the Chicago Bulls, but with Garland gone, White makes the most sense for Phoenix.

2018 Stats: Pts:16.5 REB:3.5 APG:4.1 STL:1.1 BLK:0.3 FG%:42.3 2P%:50.0 3P%:35.3 FT%:80.0

NBA Draft Junkies gives us a look at the offensive strengths of Coby White, in this breakdown on their YouTube channel.

7. Los Angeles Lakers (Trade with Chicago)

Jarrett Culver: Guard – Texas Tech University

Height:6’7 Weight:194 Age:20.4

Wingspan:6’10 Standing Reach:8’4

There are rumors swirling about the Lakers trading point guard Lonzo Ball, for a lottery pick in this year’s draft. There should certainly be a market for Ball, with the lack of high level point guard prospects this year. Andrew Miller of Pippen Ain’t Easy, the Chicago Bulls FanSided website, wrote about three possible Lonzo Ball trade scenarios. In our mock draft, the Lakers drafting Darius Garland at number four, gives them a shooting point guard that fits better with LeBron James. It also paves the way for the Lakers to trade Lonzo Ball. The Lakers have a desire to sign a big free agent, so they don’t want to take on additional salary in trades. For that reason I chose Andrew Miller’s trade scenario number one, Lonzo for the number seven pick straight up.

Jarrett Culver is the pick for Los Angeles here. He is a guard who can create for others and himself. He has also shown he can shoot the ball well enough to play off ball with James, having made 38.2 percent from downtown as a role player his freshman year. He’s a physical guard that is not afraid of contact when finishing inside. He’s also solid on defense, with the potential to be a plus NBA defender. Culver is not the most explosive athlete, but he changes speeds well to get by defenders. He needs to improve his shooting though. He may even need to alter his shooting mechanics to be more consistent. Jarrett also needs to improve his assists to turnover ratio. After surprisingly leading Texas Tech to the championship game, he is a prospect that is ready to contribute on day one. Jarrett Culver currently ranks number six on the ESPN draft board.

2018 Stats: Pts:18.5 REB:6.4 APG:3.7 STL:1.5 BLK:0.6 FG%:46.1 2P%:52.6 3P%:30.4 FT%:70.7

Hoops Perspective provides this scouting video on Jarrett Culver’s strengths and weaknesses via their YouTube channel: