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2012 NBA Draft Grades: Chad Ford Gives 'C' To Atlanta Hawks

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.

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