With the Atlanta Hawks holding two picks in the second round of the 2016 NBA Draft, the organization has every incentive to cast a wide net when it comes to evaluating fringe prospects. That background is important for the sake of context, but during the pre-draft process, the team has reportedly hosted Oregon swingman Elgin Cook for a workout.
Elgin Cook has worked out for Raptors, Nets, Hawks, Warriors. He’ll also work out for Jazz, Mavs, Kings, Pistons. pic.twitter.com/09EyesPBMw— Alex Kennedy (@AlexKennedyNBA) June 15, 2016
Cook is considered to be a second-round prospect that may go undrafted, but there is a lot to like in his game. In his final season at Oregon, the 6-foot-6 wing averaged 14.8 points and 5.1 rebounds per game and Cook plays bigger than his size thanks to strong athleticism and a 6-foot-10 wingspan.
There are concerns about his outside shooting (33% from three as a college junior), but Cook's defense could be valuable at the NBA level in the right system and he is, at worst, an interesting lottery ticket. Most NBA Draft pundits aren't particularly excited about a 23-year-old that doesn't bring star potential to the table, but Elgin Cook has garnered some level of interest from Atlanta's front office.
Keep an eye out for him, especially at pick number 54. Stay tuned.