2013 NBA Mock Draft: ESPN's Chad Ford projects Mason Plumlee, Jamaal Franklin to Hawks

Andy Lyons

ESPN.com's Chad Ford projects center Mason Plumlee and guard Jamaal Franklin to the Atlanta Hawks in his latest mock draft

With the draft lottery now complete a more accurate picture of the 2013 NBA Draft is now possible as team needs can be taken into account. ESPN.com's Chad Ford has updated his latest mock draft and has the Atlanta Hawks going big with the No. 17 pick and taking Duke's Mason Plumlee.

Analysis: Plumlee reminded everyone this week why he once was a highly regarded potential lottery pick. His elite athletic ability combined with a 7-foot frame make him a unique prospect at this point in the draft. At 23, he's a little older than everyone else, but I think a team that wants to fly up and down the floor like the Hawks would love having him on the floor.

Interestingly, Ford has the Hawks taking Plumlee ahead of a couple of other big man prospects in Rudy Gobert and Gorgui Dieng. Here is a look at DraftExpress' combine interview with Plumlee:

With the No. 18 pick in the draft Ford has the Hawks selecting 6-foot-5 guard Jamaal Franklin out of San Diego State. We have talked a little bit about Franklin before and it seems that an injured ankle that forced him to sit out the draft combine in Chicago hasn't necessarily hurt his draft stock.

Franklin didn't play at the combine. His ankle was in a walking boot. However, the injury isn't expected to keep him out for long. While the Hawks have a pretty crowded backcourt, I think if Franklin can play some small forward he might be worth the trouble. His infectious energy and athletic ability should give the team a real shot in the arm.

Here is a look at his draft combine interview from DraftExpress:

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