The Atlanta Hawks have reportedly expressed interest in Florida State shooting guard Malik Beasley when it comes to each of the team’s first round selections, but another interesting name could be joining Beasley in conjunction with the No. 12 overall pick. That player is French swingman Timothe Luwawu.
Unless someone unexpected falls, hearing ATL pick at 12 comes down to Malik Beasley (likely) or Timothe Luwawu.— NBADraft.net (@nbadraftnet) June 23, 2016
Luwawu has been a player that has been all over the board when it comes to mock projections, but until this point, this type of arrival may have seemed like a stretch. The 6-foot-7 wing was most recently seen in the Adriatic League, where he averaged 14.6 points, 4.8 rebounds and 1.7 steals per game as a 20-year-old, and Luwawu would be an intriguing prospect due to his overall athleticism and length.
On the positive side, Luwawu’s motor is not in question, and though this may not be a “typical” evaluation of a European wing, he combines that motor and athleticism well to display high-end defensive performance. Scouts are mixed on his shooting ability, though he made 37% from three last season, but even if Luwawu is something of a project in that regard, the Hawks have enjoyed real success in working with wing shooters.
Timothe Luwawu might be the most unheralded name associated with the Atlanta Hawks at No. 12 overall (even the team even keeps the pick), but he wouldn’t be a disastrous investment by any means.