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2012 NBA Draft: Atlanta Hawks Linked With Moe Harkless

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.

In his latest mock draft for SB Nation, Tom Ziller has Atlanta taking a flyer on St. John's freshman SF 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.

For more on the Atlanta Hawks check out Peachtree Hoops. For more news and notes regarding the NBA Draft head over to SB Nation's NBA Basketball page.

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