Ranking The Atlanta Hawks Draft Trade Targets

Atlanta Hawks, Cam Reddish #2, Jack White #41 and RJ Barrett #5 (Photo by Michael Reaves/Getty Images)
Atlanta Hawks, Cam Reddish #2, Jack White #41 and RJ Barrett #5 (Photo by Michael Reaves/Getty Images) /
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Atlanta Hawks, Jarrett Culver (Photo by Tom Pennington/Getty Images) /

3. Jarrett Culver 6’6 208 Wing – Texas Tech

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

Jarrett Culver is the third ranked player on our board after surprisingly leading number three seed Texas Tech to the NCAA Championship game. Though he struggled shooting the ball, being neutralized by De’Andre Hunter and the Virginia Cavaliers’ defense in the game, he showed that he can contribute in other ways, by dishing out five assists and grabbing nine rebounds. His versatility as a scorer, ball handler and passer, a long with his defense, make him a better fit for the Atlanta Hawks than our number two ranked trade target. However due to the fact that Culver is not an explosive athlete physically, he does not possess the upside of our top two trade up targets. For that reason he ranks number three.

Culver checks off all four boxes as a wing player that can dribble, shoot, pass and defend. He has good footwork on offense and uses the dribble well, to set up opponents and get to his sweet spots. Culver also has the ability to post up smaller guards when he sees a mismatch. He is a physical player, that rebounds the ball well for a perimeter guy.

Rashad Phillips the draft Yoda, compares Jarrett Culver to former Boston Celtics star Paul Pearce, in a video on his website Sportstalk2319.com. Sean Deveney of the Sporting News reported earlier in the draft process, that the Atlanta Hawks were prepared to draft Culver as high as number two before the NBA Draft Lottery. Deveney also believes that the lowest Culver will go is number seven, as he indicated in a recent column on sportingnews.com. That means Atlanta would have to move up in the draft, to secure the serves of Jarrett Culver. If the Hawks are unable to land the top target on this list, a trade for Culver would be worth the team’s effort. In that case, if Atlanta can acquire Culver for picks eight, 17 and 41 or 45, while keeping picks 10 and 35, Travis Schlenk should seriously consider pulling the trigger. After Culver there is a drop off in talent and fit, among the NBA wing prospects.

Take a look at this comprehensive scouting video on Jarrett Culver from the ESPN YouTube channel: