Individual draft workouts are in full swing around the NBA as teams start to focus in on a number of prospects that they are interested in for the 2014 NBA Draft. ESPN.com's Jeff Goodman has updated his latest mock draft offeringand he projects forward Dario Saric to the Hawks with the No. 15 pick.
The Hawks could pair Saric alongside a healthy Al Horford for a formidable forward duo. Saric is long and skilled, and has tremendous upside.
Saric is a big time talent out of Croatia. He is 20 years old and averaged 16.7 points and 9.7 rebounds in the Adriatic League this season. Most mock drafts have him slated to be a Top 10 pick in the upcoming draft. The one problem for some teams is whether or not Saric will leave Europe for the NBA next season.
Saric recently let it be known that if he were drafted by either the Lakers or the Celtics that he would come to the NBA next season. That leaves everyone else in a bit of limbo. Some teams might not mind waiting for Saric but others could be looking for a player to contribute right away.
For Atlanta, I have a hard time believing they would pass on Saric if he is available. The Hawks have an immediate need for help on the wing but would have difficulty passing on the upside of Saric.