Welcome friends! The 2017 NBA Draft is here and the Atlanta Hawks currently hold three picks including the 19th selection of the first round.
New GM Travis Schlenk wasted little time making his mark on the club when he sent Dwight Howard and the 31st pick to the Charlotte Hornets in exchange for Miles Plumlee, Marco Belinelli and the 41st pick. That should put fans on notice that the Hawks are about to undergo a retooling effort so anything is possible on draft night.
Draft coverage will get underway at 7 p.m. ET on ESPN. Fans can also follow online via the WatchESPN app.
We will also be covering the event live here. Brad Rowland will be on site at the Omni Hotel for the team’s media event. We will be updating this post with pick-by-pick coverage as well so please join us for what will likely be an exciting and intriguing evening.
Here is a look at the full draft order:
6. Orlando Magic select Jonathan Isaac, Florida State. Isaac grew to a height of 6’11 late in his high school career. Will he be able to develop the skills to play the power forward position in the NBA?
7. Chicago Bulls (via Minnesota) select Lauri Markannen, Arizona. There are few questions about Markennen’s offensive game but more than a few about his defensive game. Will he be able to stay on the court during critical defensive possessions?
9. Dallas Mavericks select Dennis Smith, North Carolina State. Smith has the ability to score at all three levels (at the rim, from mid-range and from the perimeter). Can Rick Carlisle help him develop a constructive mental approach to the game?
10. Portland Trailblazers (via Sacramento) select Zach Collins, Gonzaga. Collins is the closest thing to a unicorn in this draft class. Can he become a consistent enough shooter and rim protector to become an impact player at the next level?
11. Charlotte Hornets select Malik Monk, Kentucky. Monk is at his best playing with a point guard that can attack the defense with dribble penetration. He might pair well in a back court along side Kemba Walker.
12. Detroit Pistons select Luke Kennard, Duke. Kennard is one of the best perimeter shooters in this draft class and could help a Pistons team that was 28th in the league from the 3-point line last season.
15. Sacramento Kings (via Portland) select Justin Jackson, North Carolina. Jackson took a huge step forward offensively during his junior season. He does not have ideal frame to play at the wing defensively in the NBA. How soon will he be able to help his team?
16. Minnesota Timberwolves (via Chicago) select Justin Patton, Creighton. Patton played his first season at the center position last season after adding healthy weight during his red-shirt season. He is raw and athletic but has a lot of upside.
17. Milwaukee Bucks select D.J. Wilson, Michigan. The Bucks add another big player that has impressive ball skill. He’s not ready play defensively in the paint at the next level but should get plenty of time to develop in that area.
19. Atlanta Hawks select John Collins, Wake Forest. Collins was one of the most efficient scorers in the NCAA last season. He was foul prone and struggled in general on defense. The Hawks must see enough in his mobility and agility to believe they can make him a passable defensive player.
20. Sacramento Kings (via Portland) select Harry Giles, Duke. Giles was once one of the top prospects of his high school class but has battled through persistent knee injuries over the last few years.
21. Oklahoma City Thunder select Terrence Ferguson, Adelaide. Ferguson is one of the most athletic players in this draft class but has few ball skills apart from his potential as a shooter. He joins an organization with a terrific track record for player development.
22. Brooklyn Nets select Jarrett Allen, Texas. Allen is an excellent rim runner, has excellent hands and finishes well in transition. He profiles as a player that could develop good ball skills for a big man.
23. Toronto Raptors select O.G. Anunoby, Indiana. Anunoby could be the most positionally diverse defenders in the draft class. He could help the Raptors who have struggled in recent seasons to match up defensively with teams in the mid-to-later rounds in the postseason.
24. Denver Nuggets (via Utah) select Tyler Lydon, Syracuse. Lydon has legitimate NBA 3-point as a shooter and would seem to fit as a stretch big in the modern NBA. But he lacks instinct and feel in many other areas of his game.
25. Philadelphia 76ers (via Orlando) select Anzejs Pasecniks, Gran Canaria. The Latvian big man is the second international prospect taken in this draft and may be stashed during the 2017-18 season.
26. Portland Trail Blazers select Caleb Swanigan, Purdue. Swanigan might be the most offensively skilled big men in this draft class. There are questions about his defensive fit in the modern NBA, but he reportedly has a tremendous work ethic.
27. LA Lakers select Kyle Kuzma, Utah. Kuzma is incredibly agile for a player with his size. He has a lot of emerging ball skills and profiles a stretch power forward in today’s NBA game.
28. Utah Jazz (viaLA Lakers) select Tony Bradley, North Carolina. Bradley is a true center and was one of the best rebounders in the NCAA last season.
29. San Antonio Spurs select Derrick White, Colorado. White profiles as a combo guard that can handle the ball and make a shot. He needs to improve his footwork and defensive technique but is joining the ideal organization to help him develop in those areas.
30. LA Lakers (via Utah) select Josh Hart, Villanova. Hart does not offer the physical profile sought by most NBA teams but had an incredibly successful college career. He plays with a tremendous amount of maturity and IQ on both ends of the court.
31. New Orleans Pelicans (via Charlotte) select Frank Jackson, Duke. Jackson is one of the most athletic back court players in this draft class. He can catch and shoot but does not yet have many other ball skills.
32. Phoenix Suns select Davon Reed, Miami. The senior shooting guard plays with a strong motor and a lot of IQ on both ends of the court. He has the length to play both wing positions in the NB
33. Orlando Magic select Wesley Iwundu, KansasState. The combo guard has a wing span of more than 7 feet. He is not the most confident shooter but has a good all-around game on both ends of the court.
34. Sacramento Kings select Frank Mason, Kansas. Mason is the reigning national player of the year and had as much collegiate success as any player in this draft class.
35. Memphis Grizzlies (via Orlando) select Ivan Rabb, California. Rabb has good size and excellent mobility but has not yet demonstrated any ability to protect the rim thus far in his career.
36. Philadelphia 76ers select Jonah Bolden, Radniki. Bolden has the size to play at the power forward position in the NBA. He is fast and bouncy for a player his size but his games significantly lacks polish at this point in his career.
37. Boston Celtics selects Semi Ojeley, SMU. Ojeye has the perfect physical profile to play at the wing and slide to the stretch 4 at times in the NBA. Many big boards and mock drafts had him going much higher in this draft.
38. Golden State Warriors (via Chicago) select Jordan Bell, Oregon. Bell very well could be the best all-around defender in this draft class. He does not have a robust offensive game but he knows his role and uses effort to contribute opportunistically on offense.
39. Philadelphia 76ers selects Juwan Evans, Oklahoma State. He is a point guard in it’s purest form. He never turns the ball over and creates a lot of offense for himself and his team.
40. Charlotte Hornets (via New Orleans) select Dwayne Bacon, Florida State. Bacon is extremely athletic and finishes impressively at the rim.
41. Atlanta Hawks select Tyler Dorsey, Oregon. Dorsey is an offensively talented shooting guard and the Hawks need to add as much offense as possible.
42. LA Lakers (via Utah) select Thomas Bryant, Indiana. Bryant has the size and an emerging offensive skill set to potentially develop as a two-way player at the next level.
43. Houston Rockets select Isaiah Hartenstein, Zalgiris. He is impressively skills for a 7-footer and just needs to develop an ability to generate some defensive presence as to become an emerging young big in the league.
44. New York Knicks select Damyeon Dotson, Houston. Davis emerged as a shot maker last season and has a good physical profile to play at the wing in the NBA.
45. Houston Rockets select Dillon Brooks, Oregon. Brooks is another accomplished NCAA player to be taken in this draft. It is tough to project how much of his game will translate to the next level but he has decent size and plays with a lot of IQ on both ends of the court.
46. Philadelphia 76ers select Sterling Brown, SMU. Brown is a prolific perimeter shooter and has solid size to play at the wing in the NBA.
47. Indiana Pacers select Ike Anibogu, UCLA. He could be one of the better future rim protectors in this draft class.
48. Milwaukee Bucks select Sindarius Thornwell, South Carolina. Thornwell emerged as a leader and an offensively productive player during USC’s tourney run.
49. Denver Nuggets select Vlatko Cancar, Mega Bemax. he will likely be a stash player during the 2017-18 season.
50. Philadelphia 76ers select Mattias Lessort, Nanterre. He has a lot of size and athleticism but is still developing a skill set at 21 years of age.
51. Denver Nuggets select Monte Morris, Iowa State. Morris is a gifted but undersized offensive creator at the point guard position.
52. Indiana Pacers ( via New Orleans Pelicans from Washington) select Edmond Sumner, Xavier.
53. Boston Celtics select Kadeem Allen, Arizona. Allen is a beast on the perimeter on defense and the Celtics could be drafting him as a potential succession plan for Marcus Smart.
54. Phoenix Suns select Alec Peters, Valparaiso. Peters is a knock down jump shooter and can help stretch the floor from the power forward position. He will need to develop a little more versatility to get roster consideration at the next level.
55. Utah Jazz select Nigel Williams-Goss, Gonzaga.
56. Boston Celtics select Jabari Bird, California.
57. Brooklyn Nets select Aleksander Vezenkov, FC Barcelona International.
58. New York Knicks select Ognjen Jaramaz, Mega Bemax.
59. San Antonio Spurs select Jaron Blossomgame, Clemson.
60. Atlanta Hawks select Alpha Kabax, Mega Bemax.