The Hawks get this pick from Brooklyn. Portis has drawn raves everywhere he works out. He's got a great motor, is skilled, and competes on both ends of the floor. He's one of the safest players in the draft and could go as high as 11 to the Pacers. But at 15, he gives the Hawks some much needed support in the frontcourt. Portis can rebound, block shots, stretch the floor and gives you tremendous energy. Lyles and Oubre are other potential options for Atlanta.
Portis was the SEC Player of the Year in 2015 as a sophomore, averaging 17.5 points, and 8.9 rebounds per game. Listed at 6-11, Portis measured in at 6-10.5 at the NBA Combine, with a wingspan of 7'2. He is scheduled to workout with the Hawks Friday.
Selecting Portis would help the Hawks by fixing their issues underneath the basket when you get past Horford. Portis would also help the Hawks stretch the floor with his versatility. Although his ceiling may not be considered the highest in the draft, his game, compared to other prospects, is pretty complete. He plays with great energy and could provide scoring underneath the basket. The reason Portis isn't higher on draft boards could have a lot to do with the fact he went to Arkansas, and not a bigger-name basketball school.
Here's a draft workout and interview with Portis, by DraftExpress:
In the second round, Ford has the Hawks selecting 6-4 Florida sharpshooter Michael Frazier II with the 50th overall pick.
The Hawks love shooters and Frazier's ability to launch it from deep has been proven over the past three years at Florida.
Frazier didn't show much improvement from his sophomore to junior seasons, and saw his shooting percentage go down. That may have something to do with him having to carry much more of the load for the Gators this past season, and taking shots he may not have taken with more help. Either way, he is a good shooting prospect.
At the 59th overall pick, Ford has the Hawks selecting 6-6 North Carolina small forward J.P. Tokoto.
Tokoto has talent as a wing defender and as a passer. If he could ever figure out his jump shot, he'd be very valuable. With DeMarre Carroll hitting free agency, Atlanta might try to groom him into the same role Carroll played. There are a lot of similarities.
Tokoto was very hot and cold at North Carolina, but as Ford observes, if he can figure out his offensive game, he would be a great asset for the Hawks.