Mar 27, 2012; New York, NY, USA; Washington Huskies guard Tony Wroten (14) drives the lane during the first half half of the semifinal round against the Minnesota Golden Gophers at the NIT held at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Anthony Gruppuso-US PRESSWIRE
Chad Ford projects the Atlanta Hawks to strengthen their backcourt with the 23rd pick in the 2012 NBA Draft by selecting Washington combo guard Tony Wroten Jr.
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.
Wroten looks pretty good if you don't pay any attention to the remark about his shot being broken and his rep as a teammate. I am still not convinced that Atlanta won't be looking for a big at this juncture. Ford projects Syracuse center Fab Melo to the Cavaliers with the 24th pick and I am not sure he should be passed up if he is still on the board. Still its apparent that Wroten has talent and he has been successful even without a functioning jump shot.
The Hawks have a need at the guard position with Kirk Hinrich's impending departure. However, with Jeff Teague and Joe Johnson entrenched as starters the more pressing need could be shoring up the frontcourt depth particularly given the uncertainty surrounding Josh Smith.