The rebuild for the Atlanta Hawks looks quite promising after having three productive drafts in a row. Were the Hawks able to find the pieces necessary to go from a lottery team to a playoff contender? To answer that question, let’s take a look at who Atlanta took in the 2019 NBA Draft.
Pick #4: De’Andre Hunter, SF, Virginia. 6’7″, 225 lbs. (15.2 ppg, 5.1 rpg, 43.8 3FG%). Hunter fits into the classic “3 and D” look that the NBA is looking for at the small forward position. He is still developing offensively, but his calling card his defense because he was one of the best defenders in the NCAA last season. He will be able to contribute right away as either a starter at small forward or as a solid contributor off of the bench.
Pick #10: Cam Reddish, SF, Duke. 6’6″, 207 lbs. (13.5 ppg, 3.7 rpg). Reddish will fit in perfectly starting off with the Hawks off of the bench due to his 3-point shooting and due to him being a streaky shooter. When he is on, he is able to change the momentum of the game quickly with his range from the three. His athleticism also makes him a good defender as well.
Pick #34: Bruno Fernando, C, Maryland. 6’10”, 240 lbs. (13.6 ppg, 10.6 rpg, 1.9 bpg). Fernando is a second-round steal for the Hawks because rebounding always translates from college to the pros in basketball. He still needs to continue to develop his offensive game, but he is willing to do the tough work in the paint.
Grade: The Atlanta Hawks have enough scorers, but they really needed some help on the defensive end. Adding these three players will improve the team’s overall defense and overall depth. These moves will put Atlanta closer to obtaining a playoff bid in the future. I give them a B+.