Atlanta Hawks: Atl All Day Mock Draft 3.0, Best Case Scenario

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New Orleans Pelicans. Jarrett Culver. 4. player. 69. <h5>6’7 194 • Texas Tech</h5> <h6>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</h6> <p>Jarrett Culver is a talented wing player who led his Texas Tech team to the NCAA championship game, despite not shooting the ball well percentage wise in the tournament. That’s one of the greatest aspects about Culver’s game, the ability to affect the game in other ways by creating for his teammates, rebounding and defending, when his shot is not falling. Jarrett is a very good ball handler and has calculated ways to set up an opponent, in order to get to the rim or his favorite mid range spots for a jumpshot. His jump shot runs hot and cold, but more space to operate and better shot selection, should help increase Jarrett Culver’s efficiency. The fact that he shot 38.2 percent from downtown as a freshman, with less of the scoring load on his shoulders, bodes well for Culver projecting as a second or third scorer for an NBA team. Personally Culver reminds me of a Jimmy Butler type player. He’s not the best athlete but he plays tough, can do everything well offensively and has the ability to defend all three perimeter positions. He will team with Zion Williamson to form the building blocks of a new era for the New Orleans Pelicans. The two should he a formidable 1/2 punch in the near future and team with Brandon Ingram, who was one of the men acquired in the big Anthony Davis deal that just took place, to form a nice young nucleus.</p>. Shooting Guard

Rumors have recently surfaced that the Atlanta Hawks could be posturing to move up a few slots, in order to select Jarrett Culver. Sports Illustrated draft expert Jeremy Woo mentions the possibility in his latest Mock Draft. Former Atlanta Hawks advanced scout Bryan Oringher has a great breakdown of Jarrett Culver on his website Draft Guru Rashad Phillips of ranks Culver number four on his draft board and compares him to former Washington Wizards forward Paul Pearce. ESPN also recently released this scouting video on Culver:

<h5>6’3 173 • Vanderbilt</h5> <h6>2018 Stats: Pts:16.2 REB:2.7 APG:2.6 STL:0.8 BLK:0.4 FG%:53.7 2P%:58.1 3P%:47.8 FT%:75</h6> <p>The Cleveland Cavaliers found a nice piece to the puzzle last year in guard Colin Sexton. After a slow start, he was as hot as any rookie in the NBA not named Trae Young down the stretch. After successfully answering questions about his three point shot, the question that remains for Sexton, is should he be a lead guard? He is absolutely a shoot first player. The ideal backcourt mate for Colin Sexton, would be a player that can run the offense, but also knock down shots when Sexton runs isolation sets. Darius Garland who is represented by LeBron James’ Klutch Sports agency, will provide the shooting, along with some playmaking as well. Garland has range as similar to Atlanta Hawks point guard Trae Young, but unlike Young, he is more of a scorer than a passer. Though he isn’t the playmaker Young is, he is more of a willing passer than Sexton. The two men would compliment each other well on the court, as Garland would mask the offensive deficiencies of Sexton and Sexton the defensive shortcomings of Garland. Even though he was limited to just five games with a knee injury, in a draft that is slim on high level point guards and shooters, Garland won’t see his stock drop far due to the missed time.</p>. Point Guard. Cleveland Cavaliers. Darius Garland. 5. player. 156

Many fans did not get to see Darius Garland play this season with him being limited to five games. The ESPN YouTube channel gives us a great look at his game in the following video:

6. player. 66. <h5>6’8 227 • Virginia</h5> <h6>2018 Stats: Pts:15.2 REB:5.1 APG:2 STL:0.6 BLK:0.6 FG%:52.0 2P%:55.0 3P%:43.8 FT%:78.3</h6> <p>Having no point guards that the Suns deem worthy of this selection on the board, this pick has a high possibility of being traded. Phoenix is certain to pick up the phone and gauge the cost of trading for Lonzo Ball. However if they are unable to find a dance partner willing to trade a starting caliber point guard, a wing player is always a good option. Defense is especially needed, with neither Devin Booker nor DeAndre Ayton specializing on that end of the court. Defense is absolutely the calling card of De’Andre Hunter. He is one of the older prospects in this draft, as he will turn 22 years old shortly after the NBA season begins. That maturity shows in both his physique and his game. Though Hunter is not a terrific athlete, he plays a power game on both ends of the floor. He uses his body to shield off defenders when attacking the basket, as well as bumping offensive players he is guarding to stop their momentum. Hunter doesn’t offer much in terms of creativity or high volume shooting, but he is a safe pick that shoot be a good defender who makes open shots.</p>. Forward. Phoenix Suns. De'Andre Hunter

De’Andre Hunter has been projected to the Atlanta Hawks by many draft experts, should he fall to the eighth spot. In fact Brad Rowland of Peachtree Hoops selected Hunter with pick eight in the Locked on NBA Mock Draft. I am not a fan of drafting De’Andre Hunter in Atlanta, because I feel a secondary creator who is also a solid defender would be the best fit for the team. In fact I wrote about the reasons why the Atlanta Hawks should avoid drafting the low ceiling Hunter. Duane Rankin of AZ is reporting that De’Andre Hunter, along with Jarrett Culver and Cam Reddish are the prospects that the Suns are focused on, should they remain in the sixth spot. ESPN shows us the good and bad of Hunter in this video: