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The Atlanta Hawks have signed second-round draft pick Mike Scott to a two-year deal according to Peachtree Hoops blogger Kris Willis. Scott was the 43rd overall pick in the 2012 NBA Draft out of the University of Virginia.
While playing for the Cavaliers, Scott finished his career averaging 11.9 points and 7.3 rebounds per game and helped lead the school to its first NCAA Tournament berth in five years as a fifth-year senior:
Scott figures to be one of the players that could benefit from the Hawks new efforts in player development. Its unclear at this time how much he could figure into the team's on court plans this season and could be a candidate for some seasoning in the D-League.
After all was set and done in Newark, NJ on Thursday night at the 2012 NBA Draft, most of the headlines left happy with their new hat, new boss and most of all, a soon-to-be-epic bank account.
That's not the case for Scott Machado, who wasn't drafted despite many people believing he would be selected in the second round.
Machado is a 6-foot-2, 200 pound point guard out of Iona University who is now the most highly thought of undrafted free agent available in many experts eyes. After all, he did lead the nation last year in assists per game with 9.9.
One team that reportedly is showing some interest are the Atlanta Hawks, according to the New York Post. Machado isn't expected to become a key contributor anytime soon (thus the original second round projection), but he could develop into a very nice role player off the bench.
The Hawks aren't exactly the deepest squad at the point, with Jeff Teague as the starter and Jannero Pargo as his replacement. Machado would make a lot of sense, even it's a just a good long look in training camp.
The Atlanta Hawks grabbed Virginia power forward Mike Scott with the 43rd pick of the 2012 NBA Draft and general manager Danny Ferry thinks that Scott can come in and contribute this season. Scott measured out at 6-foot-7 without shoes at the draft combine but Ferry thinks that he has the strength to play the power forward position.
Danny Ferry met with several members of the media following the selections of John Jenkins and Mike Scott by the Atlanta Hawks in the 2012 NBA Draft. Ferry described the whirlwind of preparation that he went through having only been named general manager four days prior to the draft.
There wasn't a need the Hawks couldn't address in the NBA Draft on Thursday night, so whoever they picked was going to be considered a necessary addition to the team regardless. So the Hawks picked up John Jenkins in the first round and Mike Scott in the second.
Chad Ford gave the Hawks a "C" for the night, and his analysis is here:
With just six players under contract for next season, the Hawks needed depth at every position. While they landed arguably the draft's best shooter and a power forward who put up big numbers in the ACC, I think they passed on players with much more upside than Jenkins.
In other words, they took the player ranked 36th on our Big Board at the 23rd pick. They reached for a need instead of the best player available. While I think both Jenkins and Scott will be solid NBA players, playing it safe only gets you a C.
Read more about the Hawks at Peachtree Hoops.
SB Nation's Andrew Sharp has a breakdown of every draft class from the Eastern Conference, including the Atlanta Hawks, who entered last night's 2012 NBA Draft under the guidance of new G.M. Danny Ferry. Let's see what Sharp thought of Ferry's first moves in Atlanta:
Selected SG John Jenkins no. 23, PF Mike Scott no. 43
John Jenkins was a great pick in the 20s, but Josh Smith is still sitting in Atlanta, and this week would have been the perfect opportunity for ATL to deal him for as many picks as possible, replacing him with any of the 10 different freakishly athletic wing players that went between 10 and 40 Thursday night. Jenkins will be good, but it feels like the Hawks missed an opportunity. GRADE: C.
So basically, Sharp isn't so much critical of the Jenkins pick, but rather Atlanta's inaction on the trading market to free up more picks for the 2012 and future drafts.
With the No. 13 pick in the second round, the Hawks used their second pick of the draft to take Virginia power forward Mike Scott.
Atlanta Hawks (@atlanta_hawks) June 29, 2012
Proud to be a Hawk... Blessed for this opportunity!!!— Mike Scott (@mikescott) June 29, 2012
The 6-foot-8, 237-pound Scott averaged 18 points and 8.3 rebounds per game last season. He's not spectacular at any one trait, but is a solid all-around player with a lot of toughness and effort. He has a good hook shot with his right hand, but also can spot up in the mid-range game.
But because of that size, it could be hard to get shots off against NBA power forwards. He won't be able to overwhelm opponents with his tools. Not many four-year college players get drafted, but Scott has enough tools to be a solid role player.
The first round of the 2012 NBA Draft started as it was expected with Anthony Davis going to No. 1 overall to the New Orleans Hornets. Things got a little unpredictable after that starting with Charlotte's selection of Michael Kidd-Gilchrist with the second pick. Bradley Beal went third to the Wizards before Cleveland grabbed Dion Waiters. Thomas Robinson slid all the way to the Sacramento Kings at No. 5.
Here is a look at the complete results form the first round of the 2012 NBA Draft:
1. New Orleans Hornets - Anthony Davis (Kentucky)
2. Charlotte Bobcats - Michael Kidd-Gilchrist (Kentucky)
3. Washington Wizards - Bradley Beal (Florida)
4. Cleveland Cavaliers - Dion Waiters (Syracuse)
5. Sacramento Kings - Thomas Robinson (Kansas)
6. Portland Trail Blazers - Damian Lillard (Weber State)
7. Golden State Warriors - Harrison Barnes (North Carolina)
8. Toronto Raptors - Terrence Ross (Washington)
9. Detroit Pistons - Andre Drummond (Connecticut)
10. New Orleans Hornets - Austin Rivers (Duke)
11. Portland Trail Blazers - Meyers Leonard (Illinois)
12. Houston Rockets - Jeremy Lamb (Connecticut)
13. Phoenix Suns - Kendall Marshall (North Carolina)
14. Milwaukee Bucks - John Henson (North Carolina)
15. Philadelphia 76ers - Moe Harkless (Syracuse)
16. Houston Rockets - Royce White (Iowa State)
17. Dallas Mavericks - Tyler Zeller (North Carolina)
18. Houston Rockets - Terrence Jones (Kentucky)
19. Orlando Magic - Andrew Nicholson (St. Bonaventure)
20. Denver Nuggets - Evan Fournier (France)
21. Boston Celtics - Jared Sullinger (Ohio State)
22. Boston Celtics - Fab Melo (Syracuse)
23. Atlanta Hawks - John Jenkins (Vanderbilt)
24. Cleveland Cavaliers - Jared Cunningham (Oregon State)
25. Memphis Grizzlies - Tony Wroten (Washington)
26. Indiana Pacers - Miles Plumlee (Duke)
27. Miami Heat - Arnett Moultrie (Mississippi State)
28. Oklahoma City Thunder - Perry Jones (Baylor)
29. Chicago Bulls - Marquis Teague (Kentucky)
30. Golden State Warriors - Festus Ezeli (Vanderbilt)
The Atlanta Hawks went for a shooter with the No. 23 pick of the 2012 NBA Draft by selecting Vanderbilt's John Jenkins.
Jenkins' deep shooting stroke will add some much needed long distance shooting to the club. He showed in college the ability to make clutch shots. He averaged 19.9 points per game in his final season at Vanderbilt. Questions about his overall game followed him into draft workouts but he must have eased the Hawks concerns.
Jenkins will likely move into the role that Willie Green manned last season. He could potentially provide some scoring punch off of the Atlanta bench.
With the Atlanta Hawks changing GM's in the final week before the NBA Draft, there's almost no way to know what the team's brain trust is thinking in terms of their No. 23 overall pick.
Does Danny Ferry have a set list of players he's bringing over to evaluate or is he ceding control to the front-office people who were originally working for Rick Sund? At the same time, because the draft begins to slip in the late teens/early 20's, much of Atlanta's decision will be made by the teams above them in terms of who falls to them.
The Hawks like Barton, who not only can score but also fill up a box score. The Conference USA Player of the Year averaged 18 points (on 50.9 percent shooting from the field and 34.6 percent from three-point range), 8.0 rebounds, 2.9 assists and 1.4 steals last season.
Barton, a talented 6'6 175 shooting guard, has entrenched himself at the top of Tier 4, and unless a team in the middle of the first round falls in love with him, he's likely to be available for Atlanta.
Two of the players the Hawks have been linked too -- Washington PG Tony Wroten and Syracuse C Fab Melo -- are still on the board in Amick's mock, and if that stays accurate, the Hawks may be choosing between the three when their name finally goes up on Thursday night.
The Atlanta Hawks have the No. 23 pick in the 2012 NBA Draft and have been connected to Washington's Tony Wroten, Kansas' Tyshawn Taylor and Syracuse's Fab Melo in recent mock drafts. The 23rd pick is tough to find a contributing player right away, but that is what the Hawks need if they are to get over the hump and be a contender in the Eastern Conference.
With so many teams looking to make deals, look out for the Hawks to see if they jump in on the action and decide to make a move on draft day.
Date/time: Thursday June 28, 7:00 p.m. ET
Location: Prudential Center, Newark, N.J.
First round draft order:
1. New Orleans Hornets
2. Charlotte Bobcats
3. Washington Wizards
4. Cleveland Cavaliers
5. Sacramento Kings
6. Portland Trail Blazers
7. Golden State Warriors
8. Toronto Raptors
9. Detroit Pistons
10. New Orleans Hornets
11. Portland Trail Blazers
12. Houston Rockets
13. Phoenix Suns
14. Milwaukee Bucks
15. Philadelphia 76ers
16. Houston Rockets
17. Dallas Mavericks
18. Houston Rockets
19. Orlando Magic
20. Denver Nuggets
21. Boston Celtics
22. Boston Celtics
23. Atlanta Hawks
24. Cleveland Cavaliers
25. Memphis Grizzlies
26. Indiana Pacers
27. Miami Heat
28. Oklahoma City Thunder
29. Chicago Bulls
30. Golden State Warriors
New Hawks general manager Danny Ferry hasn't had long to get his feet wet but he will be calling the shots for Atlanta when the 2012 NBA Draft gets underway Thursday night. The situation may not be completely ideal but Ferry isn't in the dark when it comes to this draft class.
Assistant GM Dave Pendergraft has spearheaded Atlanta's draft preparations and they have been getting Ferry up to speed with what they have saw in workouts from a number of prospects. Ferry will collaborate with his staff on the picks but made it clear that the final decision would be his.
"Ultimately, I will be the one that will have to make that decision if we can't come to a consensus,"
There is no clear cut feeling of who the Hawks might be targeting in the first round. With just six players under contract for next season it is a very real possibility that they are in fact looking for the best player available.
While the Atlanta Hawks No. 23 overall selection in the first round has received most of the publicity, in a draft as deep as 2012, they could find a solid contributor with their second round pick (No. 43 overall) as well.
In ESPN Insider Chad Ford's mock draft of both rounds, he has Atlanta taking Kentucky SG Doron Lamb in the second round:
The Hawks can always use guards who can really stroke the basketball. Lamb is in contention with John Jenkins for the best sniper in the draft.
Lamb was a two-year starter for Kentucky and a key playmaker on two Final Four teams as well as their national championship squad last year. Without elite athleticism, he's been overshadowed by his more high-profile teammates, but he's a nice prospect in his own right as well.
At 6'5 200, he's an excellent shooter (career 47.5% from deep) who can defend both back-court positions and run point (career 1.6 assist on 1.2 turnover average). He projects as an excellent combo man off the bench and he could become one of the best sixth men in the NBA.
The Atlanta Hawks are preparing for the 2012 NBA Draft and have plenty of names that could be added to their wish list for a first round pick.
23. - Atlanta Hawks - Jeffery Taylor (Vanderbilt), Small Forward (6-7, 230) - Josh Smith wants out of Atlanta, so new GM Danny Ferry may want to secure a small forward with some upside.
Luckily for the Hawks, they already feature a fairly complete team and don't need to try to make too big of a splash at the draft. Taylor would represent a fairly safe choice
The Atlanta Hawks will wrap up announced workouts on Tuesday with a couple of point guard prospects in Tony Wroten and Tyshawn Taylor.
Its interesting that Wroten is in the final workout for the team as most early mock drafts projected him to Atlanta then moved off of him. Chad Ford's latest mock draft once again projects Wroten to the Hawks.
Analysis: The Hawks don't have any depth behind point guard Jeff Teague. Sources say that, in the past few weeks, they've become enamored with Wroten. His shot is broken and he can be wild, but he has enormous upside as a big point guard who can see the floor and get to the rim.
Taylor is another interesting prospect that could be in play in the second round should Atlanta focus on drafting a big or a wing in the first round. Wroten fits the combo guard profile and could potentially slide into the reserve role that Kirk Hinrich was in last season.
With Danny Ferry now at the helm of the Atlanta Hawks, there isn't much indication of which way he'll go in the NBA draft. However, Stephen Alexander of Rotoworld believes they will select Syracuse's Fab Melo at No. 23.
Given the fact that Al Horford is really a power forward and that Zaza Pachulia could be starting at center next season, the Hawks have a glaring need. Melo should be a solid source of rebounds and blocks, and clearly fills a need.
While Melo should provide size, there's a question as to whether he is NBA-ready. He made strides offensively in his second season at Syracuse, but his growth was stunted after being declared ineligible for March. There also have been question marks about his focus and commitment level.
The NBA Draft is approaching us and a few of the guys in who you will see in the Green Room have been announced. According to DraftExpress, some of these players include the obvious Anthony Davis, Thomas Robinson, Bradley Beal, Michael Kidd Gilchrist, Harrison Barnes, Damian Lillard, Dion Waiters, Jeremy Lamb, Andre Drummond, Austin Rivers, John Henson, Tyler Zeller and Meyers Leonard.
Green Room Invites: Davis, Robinson, Beal, Kidd Gilchrist, Barnes, Lillard, Waiters, Lamb, Drummond, Rivers, Henson, Zeller, Leonard.— Jonathan Givony (@DraftExpress) June 25, 2012
DraftExpress most recently links the Atlanta Hawks to Syracuse big man Fab Melo, who led the Orangemen in rebounding when he was available last season but struggled to stay on the court due to academic issues.
More players will be invited to the Green Room, and considering Melo's profile in New York, he should be there, too.
The Atlanta Hawks hosted a slew of NBA Draft prospects on Saturday with three of them being big men, according to a tweet from the Atlanta Journal Constitution's Michael Cunningham.
The Hawks already have athletes on the wings and could possibly look to use their first round pick on a true center that can permanently move Al Horford back to his natural power forward position. If Josh Smith is still in the mix and moved back to small forward, the Hawks could have one of the biggest frontlines in the league.
Vanderbilt's Festus Ezeli, Syracuse's Fab Melo, Georgetown's Henry Sims and Iona's Scott Machado will all be participating in the workout.
Melo is the highest rated among the big men while Ezeli is a fringe first round pick. Sims is fighting for positioning in the second round and Machado, a guard, could go undrafted.
But if size is what the Hawks are looking for there will be plenty to view in this workout. Ezeli, Melo and Sims are all 7-footers and Sims is the "lightest" at 241 pounds.
The Atlanta Hawks are still in the no-man's land of being too good for high draft picks but not good enough to enter into the elite in the NBA. With the NBA Draft coming up, they will once again be looking to add talent to an already talented roster that is trying desperately to finally take that next step.
As of now, HoopsWorld has the Hawks using the no. 23 overall pick in the first round of the NBA Draft on either Andrew Nicholson or Marquis Teague with Joel Brigham and Steve Kyler agreeing on Nicholson and Yannis Koutroupis and Alex Raskin agreeing on Teague. ESPN's Chad Ford has the Hawks taking St. John's forward Moe Harkless in his latest mock draft.
Nicholson is a power forward with good size that is somewhat of a sleeper in the draft coming out of St. Bonaventure. But he's received comparisons to David West, so that has to bode well for his stock. Teague is another point guard to add to the long search the Hawks have been on to get one. He's quick and raw but has the potential to be solid down the line. Harkless is a wing slasher who could be taken in the late lottery so getting him at this point would be a steal.
We are closing in on the 2012 NBA Draft and the Atlanta Hawks are continuing to workout a variety of prospects. With only six players under contract for next season, Atlanta has many different directions they could go when it comes to the draft and there isn't a consensus when it comes to prognosticators. Sam Amick projects Memphis shooting guard Will Barton to the Hawks in his latest mock draft.
Barton continues to do well in the predraft process, and I was told that he played well in Saturday's workout in Denver. He remains one of my sleepers, in large part because there aren't many players with the ability to affect games in so many ways. The Conference USA Player of the Year averaged 18 points (on 50.9 percent shooting from the field and 34.6 percent from three-point range), 8.0 rebounds, 2.9 assists and 1.4 steals last season.
With the loss of Kirk Hinrich and Willie Green to free agency the Hawks have a need for a reserve shooting guard and Barton's complete offensive game would seem to fit that bill nicely. He was in Atlanta for a draft workout on Wednesday.
The Atlanta Hawks' 2012 NBA Draft plans are under wraps, but the team did Tweet out a series of prospects they're officially working out this week:
#Hawks workouts today - G. Robinson (G, Georgia), M. Allen (G, Shaw), M. Plumlee (F, Duke), G. Stutz (C, Wichita State).— AT - HawksPRGuy (@HawksPRGuy) June 21, 2012
The most notable local name of the group is Gerald Robinson of Georgia. The Nashville native scored over 1,800 points in his career, split by two years at Tennessee State and UGA.
Robinson will work out with a pair of big men - Duke's Mason Plumlee, a 6'11" forward out of Duke considered "raw" coming out of a limited role with the Blue Devils and center, and Wichita State's Garrett Stutz, a 7-foot, 252 lb. center with a 7-foot-2 wingspan.
Coming out of Vanderbilt John Jenkins is most known for his shooting and had Hawks coach Larry Drew comparing him to J.J. Redick. The Hawks and the rest of the NBA knows that Jenkins can shoot the basketball the question is can he do the other things necessary to be successful in the league.
After a recent workout at Philips Arena both Rick Sund and Dave Pendergraft used the word "deceptive" when describing Jenkins' athleticism. Jenkins offered that he didn't show a lot of athleticism at Vanderbilt because it wasn't necessarily his role, but individual workouts were giving him the opportunity to showcase that part of his game a little more.
"I didn't show it so much at Vandy because that wasn't my role and I didn't get enough opportunities. But now that I'm in my individual workouts I can show that I can dunk the ball and do a lot of good things athletically."
His dunking ability isn't likely to impress teams as they really want to know whether or not he can stay in front of anyone defensively at the NBA level.
Jenkins has been projected as a late first / early second round selection on draft day. The Hawks could use Jenkins' perimeter shooting but they may not be compelled to pull the trigger with the 23rd pick.
With the NBA Draft now only a week away, there's still very little consensus on who the Atlanta Hawks will be drafting at No. 23. There isn't much certainty in anything after Anthony Davis at No. 1, which means there's almost no way of knowing which players Atlanta could be choosing from late in the first round.
23. ATLANTA HAWKS: MOE HARKLESS
Best domestic name in the draft. He could be a 1920s baseball player or a 2010s NBA player. Timeless classic!
Harkless played out of position as a center on a St. John's team forced to start five freshman last season, and college big men had little chance of matching up with his size and athleticism at 6'8 205. He averaged 15.5 points, 8.6 rebounds, 1.5 assists, 1.6 steals and 1.4 blocks on 45% shooting as a freshman.
If he had an outside shot (25% from the three), he would be a lottery pick, but he'll have a tough time cracking a starting line-up without one. He's a fairly similar player to Marvin Williams, and if the Hawks grabbed Harkless, it might spell the end of the road in Atlanta for the No. 2 overall pick.
Draymond Green recently worked out for the Atlanta Hawks and reportedly impressed those in attendance with his versatility and skill. Hawks coach Larry Drew raved about Green following the workout and predicted future success at the pro level.
"I think he's going to be a terrific NBA player. I don't think there's enough players like him that bring a little bit of everything to the game. But he certainly is that type of player, that caliber of player."
"I think he can develop into a three. I think he has that versatility where you can move him around. A lot of it depends on matchups. But I think he has the foot speed and the size to play the four, and I think that's just going to be a plus for him and his game to move from the three to the four," Drew said after watching Green work out. "As I said before, this league is really starting to move more toward that versatile player, a guy who can play multiple positions. And he certainly fits that profile."
The Hawks continue workouts on Wednesday and have several more scheduled leading up to the draft.
If not for an ACL injury his senior year of high school Quincy Miller would likely be being talked about as a lottery pick. Instead he is seeing his stock slip to late in the first round and needs some solid workouts to prove to teams that he is fully recovered from his injury.
Miller recently worked out for the Hawks and by all accounts was moving better than he did during his only season at Baylor. Another area of concern is his weight and what position Miller will play in the NBA. Miller says his weight is up to 225 pounds but he could be between the small forward and power forward positions in a lot of team's eyes. If Miller's knee is not healthy then he may not possess the quickness required to play the small forward position. Yet he certainly doesn't have the size or strength currently to man the power forward position.
Hawks coach Larry Drew wonders what kind of effects adding weight to Miller would have on his game.
"I don't know what a bigger frame will do for him. Will it take anything away from him? Certainly he is going to have to get stronger moving to this next level and playing the position he plays. He certainly has to get stronger. From what I've seen of him, his wiry frame, that's kind of who he is. You can really see the potential of this kid. He's a good mid-range shooter, very skilled around the basket and he has length. He handles the ball good enough. He's getting better at it. He's a talented guy."
Atlanta has the 23rd pick in the upcoming draft and a player like Miller would be appealing given his high upside if the fears about his health can be satisfied.
The Atlanta Hawks had a resurgent year during the lockout-shortened 2011-12 NBA Season. They will attempt to build on that success in the coming year and have that in mind heading into the 2012 NBA Draft.
Chad Ford of ESPN Insider has posted his latest mock draft. He believes that the Hawks will use their No. 23 overall pick to select Royce White of the Iowa St. Cyclones.
Weight: 261 pounds
School: Iowa State
Analysis: As long as coach Larry Drew can buy into what White is and how to play him, he could be a steal at this point in the draft. The Hawks don't really have a primary ball handler anyway, which may make White a great choice if he's allowed to play his game.
Atlanta is low enough in the first round that White -- as well as their other potential targets -- could be off the board by the time their pick rolls around. We will have to wait and see how it all plays out.
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Former Kentucky Wildcats forward/guard Darius Miller was forced to pull out of his workout with the Atlanta Hawks due to a hamstring injury, as reported by Michael Cunningham at the Atlanta Journal Constitution.
Darius Miller (hamstring) pulled out of #Hawks workout today. Expected to reschedule.— Michael Cunningham (@ajchawks) June 19, 2012
Miller, at 6' 7", is projected to play small forward in the NBA and Draft Express has the senior being picked somewhere in the second round of the draft. Last season, Miller averaged just under 10 points a game on a roster filled with especially talented freshmen such as Anthony Davis and Michael Kidd-Gilchrist.
Hopefully this injury doesn't terribly damage Miller's draft stock, since he's already projected to be a second round pick anyway.
Three out of four writers at HOOPSWORLD have the Atlanta Hawks taking former Kentucky guard Marquis Teague with the 23rd overall pick in their latest mock draft, which would means he could be joining his brother Jeff Teague who already plays for the team.
A Teague tandem could be on the horizon in Atlanta, but it's only the mock. None of those writers had Teague going to the Hawks in their previous version of the mock, with Joel Brigham and Alex Raskin moving him back from the Boston Celtics' No. 22 pick to the Hawks' No. 23 selection. Both of them now have Fab Melo going to the Celtics.
Yannis Koutroupis moved Teague up from the Indiana Pacers' 26th pick to link him to the Hawks, while Steve Kyler sees Atlanta taking Andrew Nicholson from St.Bonaventure.
The Atlanta Hawks begin draft workouts on Saturday morning as the team will get a closer look at Baylor forward Quincy Miller, Kentucky guard Doron Lamb and Syracuse forward Kris Joseph.
Miller may be the highest profile prospect of the bunch but he has seen his stock start to slip as questions are still cropping up about the ACL injury that he suffered during his senior year of high school. He needs some strong workouts to show everyone that he is healthy and has the quickness that allows him to play the small forward position at 6-foot-10.
Lamb is projected by most as a late first, early second round projection after two solid seasons with the Wildcats. Lamb is a good enough scorer who excels from the perimeter and could be a specialist pick for a team late in the first round.
Kris Joseph helped anchor a very successful Syracuse team in 2012 and averaged just under 14 points and five rebounds. He is projected as a second round pick or to go undrafted but could find his way into an NBA training came during the fall.
Draft projections for the Atlanta Hawks are all over the board ranging from guards like Washington's Tony Wroten to a center like Syracuse big man Fab Melo. Scott Howard-Cooper of NBA.com introduces a new name into the discussionwith St. Bonaventure power forward Andrew Nicholson.
While it is no secret that the Hawks need a little bit of everything with only six players currently under contract for next season power forward isn't a position that is discussed frequently because the team already has two players in Josh Smith and Al Horford that are capable of playing the position. One thing the Hawks lack is a true scorer in the low post and Nicholson could help with that considerably.
However, ESPN.com's Chad Ford doesn't think Nicholson will be available by the time the Hawks pick after a solid showing by Nicholson at the draft combine.
Nicholson shot the ball as well as most of the guards at the NBA predraft camp, and measured with a huge 7-4 wingspan and the biggest hands at the camp. It's pretty rare that a guy who won Defensive Player of the Year in his conference is drawing raves for his offensive performance on the court. We had him pegged as the 22nd pick in the draft for the past few mocks, but I'm beginning to doubt that he'll make it to the Celtics.
With the No. 23 pick in a draft that is still extremely unsettled after Anthony Davis, it's almost impossible for the Atlanta Hawks to target anyone in the first round.
Their selection will in large part be determined by which players draft stock heat up and who ends up getting pushed down to their selection at No. 23.
Barton's stock appears to be on the rise, and he'll have his chance to make his case for the Hawks when he works out in Atlanta next Wednesday. He averaged 18 points (on 50.9 percent shooting from the field and 34.6 percent from three-point range), 8.0 rebounds, 2.9 assists and 1.4 steals last season. His accuracy improved greatly from his freshman season, when he shot 42.8 percent overall and 26.5 percent from beyond the arc.
Barton has an excellent combination of length, athleticism and skill at 6'6 175 with a 6'10 wingspan, but he'll need to put on weight to survive forays into the paint at the next level.
His versatility could be an asset for Atlanta, as he could conceivably play all three perimeter positions offensively, although his lack of bulk could be a problem defensively.
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There are a wide range of prospects that could be in play for the Atlanta Hawks with the 23rd pick in the first round of the 2012 NBA Draft. USA Today's latest mock draft has Atlanta adding size in the frontcourt with the addition of Syracuse center Fab Melo.
A true 7-foot center with prototypical length. Still developing offensively. Solid shot blocker and rebounder.
Melo's offensive game is still a work in progress but if you look at the current makeup of the team that isn't necessarily a need. Atlanta could use some size and athleticism up front and at 7-foot, 250 pounds Melo has the size to play the center position in the NBA. Melo will be in Atlanta for a workout on June 23rd along with Vanderbilt center Festus Ezeli.
Here is a look at DraftExpress draft profile for Fab Melo and some video footage of a predraft workout in Los Angeles.
The Atlanta Hawks announce workout dates with a number of college prospects in preparation for the upcoming 2012 NBA Draft. Workouts will begin on June 16 and are scheduled to last through June 26. Players such as Baylor's Quincy Miller, Syracuse's Fab Melo and Washington's Tony Wroten are scheduled to participate.
Atlanta has the 23rd pick of the first round and needs to shore up depth across the board given that they only have six players currently under contract for next season.
Here is a look at the full workout schedule for the Atlanta Hawks:
Kris Joseph - forward - Syracuse
Deron Lamb - guard - Kentucky
Quincy Miller - forward - Baylor
Jared Cunningham - guard - Oregon State
John Jenkins - guard - Vanderbilt
Draymond Green - forward - Michigan State
Darius Miller - guard - Kentucky
Will Barton - guard - Memphis
William Buford - guard - Ohio State
Eric Griffin - forward - Campbell
Khris Middleton - forward - Texas A&M
Jeffery Taylor - guard/forward - Vanderbilt
Hollis Thompson - forward - Georgetown
Miles Plumlee - forward - Duke
Garrett Stutz - center - Wichita State
Kevin Jones - forward - West Virginia
Andrew Nicholson - forward - St. Bonaventure
Mike Scott - forward - Virginia
Royce White - forward - Iowa State
Festus Ezeli - center - Vanderbilt
Scott Machado - guard - Iona
Fab Melo - center - Syracuse
Henry Sims - forward - Georgetown
Jae Crowder - forward - Marquette
Moe Harkless - guard/forward - St. John's
Tyshawn Taylor - guard - Kansas
Tony Wroten - guard - Washington
Memphis sophomore guard Will Barton's stock is on the rise after a solid showing at the Chicago pre-draft combine and has a scheduled work out with the Atlanta Hawks who have the 23rd pick in the first round. Barton was Conference USA Player of the Year last season in which he averaged 18 points and eight rebounds a game.
Before the combine Barton had been projected as a second round pick. Now his stock is on the rise and he has already worked out with a number of teams that have late first round selections like the Boston Celtics, Miami Heat and Chicago Bulls.
"I just want to go out there and showcase my talent, show everything I can do," Barton said. "Not just on the court, but off the court. Show that I'm a good person, a professional and just how well-rounded I am. I shot the ball real well (at the combine). That's something I've been working on, just staying consistent with my shot. I feel like when I'm consistent with my shot, it's hard to contain me."
Barton also has upcoming workouts scheduled with Atlanta, Denver, Milwaukee and Indiana leading up to the draft. The Hawks could look to draft the best player available at No. 23 given that they only have six players under contract for next season and could use anyone that would provide depth. Reserve guards Kirk Hinrich, Jannero Pargo and Willie Green are all free agents so a player like Barton could conceivably slide right into the rotation.
SB Nation's Tom Ziller weighs in with his latest 2012 NBA Mock Draft and has the Atlanta Hawks selecting Baylor forward Quincy Miller with the 23rd pick in the first round of the draft.
23. ATLANTA HAWKS: Quincy Miller
Atlanta needs big men badly, but Miller should be a lottery pick in my estimation. A huge value pick this low in the first.
Other notables from Ziller's mock draft include Tony Wroten Jr. going to Orlando with the 19th pick. Another interesting pick has Duke's Miles Plumlee going to Indiana at pick No. 26 but Syracuse big man Fab Melo sliding out of the first round.
Atlanta could use some help in the frontcourt but if Miller slid this far then the Hawks might in fact be forced to take him. As a freshman at Baylor he averaged 10.7 points and 4.9 rebounds per game.
With their first round pick in the 2012 NBA Draft, they could be in position to shore up their interior defense, as CBS Sports Jeff Goodman has them taking Syracuse C Fab Melo with the No. 23 selection in his latest mock draft:
23. Atlanta Hawks Fab Melo, C, Syracuse: The Hawks could use a big man and Melo really made strides this past season. Will never be an offensive threat, but Atlanta needs a rebounder and interior presence.
Melo, an athletic 7'0 250 shot-blocker from Brazil, averaged 8 points, 6 rebounds and 3 blocks on 56% shooting in 25 minutes for Syracuse last season.
He is an extremely raw player, especially on the offensive end, but he has a rare combination of size and athleticism and he could be a decent gamble for a Hawks team desperate for size at the end of the first round.
Chad Ford changes things up in his latest mock draft for the upcoming 2012 NBA Draft. However, Ford is sticking with his choice of guard Tony Wroten Jr. to the Atlanta Hawks with the 23rd pick in the first round.
The Hawks have been cursed at the point guard position ever since they decided to pass on Chris Paul to draft Marvin Williams. Wroten is no Paul, but he may have the most raw talent of any point guard in the draft. He's big, he's athletic and he can get to the basket. If his shot wasn't broken, and if he had a better rep as a teammate, he'd be a top-10 pick.
Atlanta has a need in the backcourt with the departure of Kirk Hinrich. Its possible that Wroten Jr. could fill in at both guard spots. Offensively he is much different than Hinrich in that he has virtually no perimeter game.
With the picking order set for the top half of the 2012 NBA Draft, projections for the first round have been updated, and while the Atlanta Hawks could use help in backcourt, Yahoo and Draft Exchange project they'll go with a reliable big for help on the glass with the 23rd pick. Arnett Moultrie, a junior from Mississippi State, fills that need:
The Hawks have a big hole on the wing, which could make the likes of Jeff Taylor, Darius Miller or Orlando Johnson attractive here. They also might want to address their frontcourt rotation, which was depleted for much of the season because of injuries. A big man like Moultrie can see minutes at both power forward and center, and would give them a nice boost on the glass, where they were fairly weak this season.
After transferring from UTEP, Moultrie was a breakout star for a disappointing Mississippi State squad that failed to make the NCAA Tournament despite a roster filled with talent. He's been compared to a Jermaine O'Neal or Jason Thompson as a power forward, but also played small forward earlier in his college career.
The 2012 NBA Draft Lottery was held tonight and the New Orleans Hornets won the right to select Kentucky's Anthony Davis with the number one pick in the draft. The Charlotte Bobcats, after finishing with the worst record in NBA history had the best chance of getting the top pick but ultimately came away with the second overall pick instead.
Davis an All-American and National Player of the Year is the consensus top pick on every mock draft out there and is seen as a franchise changing player.
Here is an overview of the lottery picks that will take place on June 28th at the NBA Draft:
With the NBA Draft Lottery set to take place on Wednesday night the full draft order for the 2012 NBA Draft will be set soon. DraftExpress released its final pre-lottery mock and projects Washington combo guard Tony Wroten to the Atlanta Hawks.
The thinking behind the pick is that Wroten would step into Kirk Hinrich's vacated spot. At 6-foot-5 he could seemingly defend both guard spots but he lacks perimeter shooting and isn't anywhere close to Hinrich in that regard. The upside is there however and it makes Wroten an intriguing prospect for this draft. He averaged 16 points, 5.0 rebounds and 3.7 assists as a freshman at Washington.
If the Hawks decided to go big with their first round selection, Syracuse big man Fab Melo and Vanderbilt center Festus Ezeli are projected to still be on the board according to DraftExpress. They have Melo lasting until the 28th pick and Ezili going as the second pick of the second round or 32nd overall.
The greater Atlanta area hasn't produced a player of a first round caliber this year, nor have the Hawks slumped out of the Eastern Conference's playoff picture and back into the lottery limbo, but the SEC is set to dominate the top end of the 2012 NBA Draft, with Kentucky's Anthony Davis the consensus overall pick by most pundits. There's a strong chance Hawks fans could see Davis on the other side of the court - the three clubs with best statistical shot at the top pick are in the East, and two are in the Southeast Division.
Start Time: 8 p.m. ET
TV: ESPN (live)
Odds: Below are the odds for each team entering the NBA Draft Lotter. The first number represents the team's chance at the top overall pick, and the second number is that team's chances at a Top 3 pick.
Bobcats - 25% - 64.19%
Wizards - 19.9% - 55.74%
Cavaliers - 13.8% - 42.57%
Hornets - 13.7& - 42.33%
Kings - 7.6% - 25.5%
Nets - 7.5% - 25.19%
Warriors - 3.6% - 12.66%
Raptors - 3.5% - 12.32%
Pistons - 1.7% - 6.1%
Timberwolves - 1.1% - 3.97%
Trail Blazers - 0.8% - 2.9%
Bucks - 0.7% - 2.54%
Suns - 0.6% - 2.18%
Rockets - 0.5% - 1.81%
We are closing in on the 2012 NBA Draft and many projections have the Atlanta Hawks going big with the 23rd pick of the first round. CBS Sports' Jeff Goodman has Baylor forward Quincy Miller heading to Atlanta in his latest mock draft.
Probably should have stayed in school another year, but he does have plenty of upside. Just didn't look like himself following the knee injury his senior year of high school, but he's a long wing who is an above-average athlete and also fairly skilled.
Interestingly Goodman has the Hawks selecting Miller even with Syracuse big man Fab Melo still on the board. An athletic big man like Melo would be a welcome addition to the Hawks front line but Miller could potentially provide some competition at the small forward position for Marvin Williams.
It wouldn't hurt the Atlanta Hawks to add some depth to their front court, which is why the College Hoops Journal's mock draft selection of Melo to the Hawks makes all the sense in the world. He's not a player who demands the ball offensively, or needs to take a lot of shots, outside of put-backs on offensive rebounds and loose balls.
That's a good thing for the Hawks, since they don't lack for guys who like to put it up. And on the defensive end, Melo could make an impact on the team immediately if everything played out this way.
23. Atlanta Hawks: Fab Melo, Syracuse
Atlanta needs youthful depth in the frontcourt behind Al Horford and Josh Smith. Melo is far from polished, but his defense would be an instant asset for the Hawks.
Melo was a key player for Syracuse this past season, and some might even say his academic eligibility issues are what held the Orange back from making a deeper run in the NCAA Tournament.
Read more about the Hawks at Peachtree Hoops.
The 2012 NBA Draft is right around the corner and Kentucky's Anthony Davis headlines the list of early entrants.
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