8. Atlanta Hawks
Cam Reddish – Forward – Duke
Height:6’8 Weight:208 Age:19.8
Wingspan:7’1 Standing Reach:8’10
Cam Reddish falling to the Atlanta Hawks at number eight, would be a dream scenario for many of the team’s fans. I often question rather Reddish will fall this far, but the draft playing out this way is a definite possibility. Though Reddish did not put up tremendous numbers at Duke, being the third option behind R.J. Barrett, he’s a very talented prospect. He’s a good ball handler and a decent passer. He moves very smoothly on the court and has the ability to weave his way through traffic on the way to the rim. He needs to improve his shooting percentage, but his jumpshot looks smooth with great form, so that should not be a major issue.
Chris Kirchner Atlanta Hawks best writer for The Athletic, stated that the Atlanta Hawks have loved Cam Reddish for a long time, in this Twitter reply to Michael Scotto who is also an NBA writer for The Athletic:
Cam Reddish was a point guard before hitting a growth spurt, so he would bring a secondary creator to the Atlanta Hawks. This would allow Atlanta to use Trae Young and his deadly shooting off ball more, both spotting up and off screens. It would also help the Hawks punish teams who attempt to trap Trae Young in the backcourt. Reddish also should develop into a very capable shooter playing off of Trae Young and John Collins. He must get stronger to help him better finish through contact, as well as be a more physical defender. However his 7’1 wingspan gives Reddish the physical capabilities to be a lock down defender once he matures.
Cam Reddish does not play the same style of basketball as Phoenix Suns guard Devin Booker, however I think the two men could have a similar career path. By that I believe a lot like Booker, Cam Reddish will be a much better NBA player than NCAA player. Both men played on college teams loaded with other McDonald’s All American players. Style wise I believe that Cam Reddish has the potential to be a Scottie Pippen type player for the Atlanta Hawks, when fully developed. Particularly if Trae Young does his best Michael Jordan impression and Lloyd Pierce does his best to mimic Phil Jackson, by pushing Cam to get the best out of his abilities.
The draft “Yoda” Rashad Phillips, compares Cam Reddish to former Atlanta Hawks star guard Joe Johnson. He gives Cam a ceiling of retired superstar Tracy McGrady, who also had a short stint with the Atlanta Hawks. He produced the following thorough scouting video with the strengths of Cam Reddish, on his Sports Talk 2319 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
9. Washington Wizards
Bol Bol: Center/ Forward – Oregon
Height:7’3 Weight:208 Age:19.6
Wingspan:7’7 Standing Reach:9’8
Bol Bol is the Trae Young of the 2019 NBA Draft, meaning he is this year’s most polarizing prospect. Expert and fan opinions of Bol Bol are split across the board, with people either thinking he is a rare unicorn, or a stick figure who is destined to be injured for his entire career. The fact that he dropped more than 20 pounds while sitting out from a foot injury, has his detractors more vocal and some people on the fence deciding that Bol is not a wise draft pick. His stature and injury are the main concerns, because if you have watched him play or seen highlights, the talent is apparent. The Washington Wizards gave up more points in the paint than any NBA team, so Bol Bol would provide a weak side shot blocker, who can also put the ball in the basket from deep. He must learn angles though, or he will be unable to switch the pick and roll in the NBA. I selected Bol Bol with the first edition of the 2019 Atl All Day 2019 NBA Mock Draft, but with Reddish available, I could not repeat the pick here.
Bol Bol just recently returned to the court, after the foot injury limited him to just nine games last season. This tweet by Overtime gives us our first look at Bol in quite some time: