The countdown is on as we inch towards the 2019 NBA Draft. The Atlanta Hawks have a plethora of picks in this year’s draft. This is our draft board for the Hawks, specific to team needs and style fit.
Atlanta Hawks fans are eagerly anticipating this year’s NBA Draft, as the Hawks are sure to be one of the teams that makes a trade on draft night. The silly season is in full swing and rumors are swirling everywhere. According to which report you believe, the Atlanta Hawks are interested in each of the draft’ s top four wings, and are prepared to trade up in order to secure the player that they want. Consensus number one pick Zion Williamson was removed, because there is zero chance of the Hawks obtaining him. The highly rated point guard prospects were also removed as the Atlanta Hawks have their point guard in Trae Young. With that said here is the Atl All Day Atlanta Hawks Specific NBA Draft Board.
The Number One Atlanta Hawks Prospect
Jarrett Culver Wing
1. Ball Handling
2. Body Control
1. Shooting Consistency
2. Physical Limitations
Caris Lavert (CBS Sports)
Paul Pearce (Sports Talk 2319)
Kris Middleton (The Ringer)
Jimmy Butler (Atl All Day)
Tier one of our Atlanta Hawks specific draft board features three of the drafts top four wing players. Texas Tech wing Jarrett Culver tops the list. Culver would give the Atlanta Hawks the best of both worlds, as a prospect who can come in and start right away, yet still has the potential to reach an All Star level one day. Culver isn’t a phenomenal athlete, but he’s a good basketball player. He uses his ball handling skills to get his opponent off-balance, in order to get to the rim or the spots he is comfortable shooting from. Many Hawks fans were turned off by Culver’s poor shooting performance against De’Andre Hunter in the NCAA Championship game. However what I took note of, was the fact that Jarrett was able to be effective in other ways besides scoring. He played good defense on Hunter holding him to 4/11 shooting from two point range. Hunter did the majority of his damage on open threes caused by ball movement. Culver also snagged a team high nine rebounds and snared two steals in the contest, also a team high. Additionally he dished out five assists to lead his team in that category as well. He should have had many more, if it weren’t for missed shots by teammates. Jarrett Culver was a major reason why his team made it to overtime before eventually falling short, despite the poor shooting effort.
Jarrett Culver would be a great fit for the Atlanta Hawks on the wing. He checks all of the boxes that I would think the Hawks are looking for. He would provide a secondary ball handler that can create for himself and the players around him. That’s a piece that I have been pinning for frequently. Culver is strong and has good body control when attacking the basket. He also provides a defender that is capable of guarding positions one through three. That is important, because it allows the Atlanta Hawks to take the task of defending elite point guards away from Trae Young. Culver is a good but streaky shooter. He was sub par from beyond the arch last season, shooting 30.4 percent. Yet the fact that he shot 38.2 percent from three-point land as a freshman is encouraging. That season more defensive attention was being paid to Zhaire Smith, who now plays for the Philadelphia 76ers. That’s a good indicator that Culver would shoot a better percentage than last season, when paying with talented players like Trae Young, John Collins and Kevin Huerter. Regardless Jarrett Culver needs to be more consistent when shooting outside. If he continues to improve his jumpshot and exercises better shot selection, I truly believe that he can turn into the Atlanta Hawks version of Jimmy Butler. In regards to the Anthony Davis trade impacting the Atlanta Hawks, I stated that Jarrett Culver is the only obtainable player that I believe is worth trading up for, should the cost not be too steep. I stand by that statement. That is why Jarrett Culver is number one on the Atl All Day Atlanta Hawks Draft Board.