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

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22. player. 18. <h5>6’10 256 • Florida State</h5> <h6>2018: Pts:13.2 ORB2.1 REB:5.9 APG:0.3 STL:0.6 BLK:1.5 FG%:50.2 2P%:53.4 3P%:36.9 FT%:76.1</h6> <p>Boston probably will not be going into camp with three first round rookies. However with a lack of rumors surrounding the team, besides the fact that they are a long shot to land Pelicans star Anthony Davis, I could not feasibly conjure up a trade for them. Should the Celtics make this pick, Mfiondu Kabengele would be a good fit. He is the nephew of former Atlanta Hawks All Star center Dekembe Mutombo. Although he doesn’t yet protect the rim at the level of his uncle who is an all time great NBA shot blocker, Kabengele is a very good shot blocker. He and Brandon Clarke would make a good pair. He makes up for what Clarke lacks in height and size, where as Clarke has more speed. Kabengele also is a much better three-point shooter than Clarke, but Clarke jumps higher and defends in space better. So the two young big men should balance one another out. Mfiondu Kabengele is more than just a stretch big man, he is adequate at putting the ball on the floor, as well as posting up. The main things he needs to improve are his discipline, and awareness. He also has a long way to go as a passer.</p>. Center. Boston Celtics. Mfiondu Kabengele

Mfiondu Kabengele is another player on the Atlanta Hawks radar and he is scheduled to workout for the club his uncle played with on Saturday. Juice Made TV compared Kabengele to Toronto Raptors center Serge Ibaka. The following video takes a closer look at his talent, including the areas he needs to improve in:

Forward. Utah Jazz. Cameron Johnson. 23. player. 118. <h5>6’9 205 • North Carolina</h5> <h6>2018: Pts:16.9 REB:5.8 APG:2.4 STL:1.2 BLK:0.3 FG%:50.6 2P%:55.6 3P%:45.7 FT%:81.8</h6> <p>The Utah Jazz face the possibility of losing forward Derrick Favors this offseason. They would be smart to let Favors walk, because the combination of he and center Rudy Gobert lacks proper spacing for the way the league has evolved. Shooters are the best way to space the floor. Cameron Johnson fits that bill and is possibly the best three-point shooter in the entire draft. He is the main reason that Nassir Little was unable to start for UNC. Johnson is a smart player who plays hard on defense. The problem is he isn’t very fast or strong, and doesn’t have great leaping ability. He’s not a player who seeks out contact and is better at defending quicker players, as opposed to stronger guys. Johnson also does not offer much in terms of passing. The more strength he adds in his career, the better he will be as a rebounder and defender. That is important to him being more than just a spot up shooting specialist in the NBA, as there isn’t a whole lot that can be done to improve speed and hops. With shooting being a coveted skill more than ever, this could be too low for Johnson, but he certainly should not fall any further than 24, with the need that Philadelphia has for marksmen.</p>

Pacific Hoops profiles Cameron Johnson in this YouTube video:

<h5>6’11 227 • Croatia</h5> <p>As previously mentioned, the Philadelphia 76ers have a major need for shooters. They hope to resign both Jimmy Butler and Tobias Harris this offseason, after spending significant trade assets to acquire both men. Rather they do so or not, they need shooters to surround Ben Simmons and Joel Embiid with. Luka Samanic is a stretch four who can help provide spacing for the 76er stars. Scouts have been watching Samanic for years, but his great performance at the NBA Combine put him on the radar of national draft analysts. He played well in the combine scrimmages and tested surprisingly well athletically. In fact he beat Texans big man Jaxson Hayes, whose status as a lottery pick is largely based on athletic ability in nearly every category. Samanic is also a decent ball handler, especially when he’s not pressured. He’s also a solid passer and has the ability to play with his back to the basket. On the defensive end Samanic has good laterally movement and should be ok when switching the pick and roll. He needs to do a better job of paying through contact on both ends of the floor though. Right now Luka Samanic is a jack of all trades, master of none type player, but there are definitely some tools there to be mastered.</p>. Power forward. Philadelphia 76ers. Luka Samanic. 24. player. 93

The Eurospects YouTube channel gives us a good breakdown of Luka Samanic, a player most NBA fans have never actually seen play a game: