SB Nation's Ricky O'Donnell has released his latest mock draft offering and projects Michigan shooting guard Nik Stauskas to the Atlanta Hawks with the 15th pick of the first round. Stauskas isn't a name that we have discussed a lot because in most cases he has been projected as a lottery pick. Here is what O'Donnell had to say about the pick:
Stauskas shouldn't fall this far and very well may end up in the top 10. If he did drop all the way to No. 15, though, the Hawks would be elated. We just saw Atlanta give the Pacers hell by spreading them thin with five shooters. What better to do in the draft than add the best shooter available?
If you stagger the minutes of Stauskas and Kyle Korver, Atlanta would have a knock-down three-point shooter on the wing on the floor at all times. The Hawks added a young players in the front court (Lucas Nogueira) and at point guard (Dennis Schroeder) in last year's draft, so going with a wing this time around makes some sense.
While we are pretty certain what the Top 5 will look like in next week's draft the rest of the first round still isn't very clear. Personally I don't think Stauskas will still be on the board for the Hawks when they pick but if he were I'd be stoked and I think they would be as well.