Most NBA mock drafts only evaluate the first round but, as draft night approaches, more and more are expanding to include glances at all 60 picks. One such effort comes from Reid Forgrave of CBS Sports and his scenario would be pleasing to a lot of Hawks fans.
With the No. 19 pick, CBS projects the Hawks to select UCLA big man Ike Anigbogu.
Anigbogu is a project, especially on offense. He's an 18-year-old freshman who plays with energy -- a tall, strong and athletic big man with long arms and loads of potential. He has a long way to go to develop his offensive game, but being so young and such a remarkable raw talent means Anigbogu still has lots of room to grow, both physically and as a player. He has an ideal frame, athleticism and energy for a high-level shot-blocking, rebounding, dunking NBA center.
Candidly, this would not be the path that I would follow, though it should be noted that both Texas big man Jarrett Allen and Duke big man Harry Giles are off the board in this scenario. Anigbogu’s offensive potential is up for debate but he is a crazy athlete that projects as a plus rim protector in the future.
With that said, the best part about Forgrave’s mock draft would be the Hawks landing Oklahoma State point guard Jawun Evans at No. 31 overall. The write-up refers to Evans as the “most underrated point guard in this loaded point guard draft” and it is tough to argue. In fact, Evans absolutely should be unavailable at this point in the process but there is a possibility that doesn’t happen and he would be a big-time value in the early second round.
The Hawks can potentially address two parts of their (extended) core for the future on Thursday and, if this played out, Atlanta’s front office would have to be pleased. Stay tuned.