Mock drafts, the Hawks

dshirley@macon.comJune 26, 2013 

Who will the Atlanta Hawks select in Thursday's NBA draft? Here is a look at some of the mock drafts around the internet and their thoughts on the Hawks' picks.

Pick No. 17

David Aldridge, NBA.com: Allen Crabbe

Scott Howard-Cooper, NBA.com: Mason Plumlee

Chris Mannix, SI.com: Lucas Nogueira

Adi Joseph, USAToday.com: Dennis Schroeder

Joe Kotoch, Sheridanhoops.com: Kelly Olynyk

Matt Moore, CBSsports.com: Kelly Olynyk

Gary Parrish, CBSsports.com: Mason Plumlee

Joel Brigham, Hoopsworld.com: Sergey Karasev

Yannis Koutroupis, Hoopsworld.com: Sergey Karasev

Steve Kyler, Hoopsworld.com: Kelly Olynyk

Alex Kennedy, Hoopsworld.com: Sergey Karasev

Ed Isaacson, Rotoworld.com: Mason Plumlee

Steve Alexander, Rotoworld.com: Jamaal Franklin

Draftexpress.com: Giannis Adetokunbo

 

Pick No. 18

David Aldridge, NBA.com: Kelly Olynyk

Scott Howard-Cooper, NBA.com: Lucas Nogueira

Chris Mannix, SI.com: Sergey Karasev

Adi Joseph, USAToday.com: Mason Plumlee

Joe Kotoch, Sheridanhoops.com: Giannis Adetokunbo

Matt Moore, CBSsports.com: Gorgui Dieng

Gary Parrish, CBSsports.com: Archie Goodwin

Joel Brigham, Hoopsworld.com: Mason Plumlee

Yannis Koutroupis, Hoopsworld.com: Gorgui Dieng

Steve Kyler, Hoopsworld.com: Jamaal Franklin

Alex Kennedy, Hoopsworld.com: Rudy Gobert

Ed Isaacson, Rotoworld.com: Giannis Adetokunbo

Steve Alexander, Rotoworld.com: Rudy Gobert

Draftexpress.com: Dennis Schroeder

 

My thoughts: There has been a lot of talk about the Hawks trading their picks and moving up to get someone higher in the first round. They also have two picks in the second round, and there has been discussion about those being packaged, as well.

That doesn't make a lot of sense, however. First, the top of this draft is not good enough to do that. The Hawks need bodies and a lot of them because they won't have a lot of players under contract coming out of this season. There is no better way to find bodies, especially cheaply, than in the draft. 

There also has been talk about the Hawks drafting international players and stashing them for a few years and not having them on the roster immediately. Again, that doesn't make much sense (reason above). As general manager Danny Ferry rebuilds this team with new head coach Mike Budenholzer, it just makes sense to work primarily through the draft -- that's what Budenholzer was a part of as an assistant in San Antonio and Ferry, as well, as part of the Spurs' front office -- and the Hawks have plenty of holes to fill.

So with the No. 17 pick, the Hawks should take Mason Plumlee, the center from Duke. Plumlee could start right away and finally move Al Horford to the power forward slot and give the Hawks a pretty athletic tandem in the middle.

With the No. 18 pick, the Hawks then should take Jamaal Franklin, the shooting guard from San Diego State. Like Plumlee, Franklin is a mature player and could play right away and give this team the immediate help it needs.

 

 

 

 

 

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