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NBA Draft 2017: Atlanta Hawks earn high mark in ESPN grades

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The Hawks apparently did well in the NBA Draft

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The Atlanta Hawks added Wake Forest big man John Collins, Oregon guard Tyler Dorsey and French big man Alpha Kaba during the 2017 NBA Draft. While there are certainly questions (as there are with the vast majority of picks) surrounding all three players, Chad Ford of ESPN grades Atlanta’s haul in a very positive fashion.

The team’s overall grade was a B+ in Ford’s mind and he had this to say about Collins:

The Hawks got value with Collins at 19, as we projected him to go several picks higher. Concerns about his short wingspan and ability to stretch the floor hurt his draft stock a bit. But I see him as a nice fit in Atlanta. With Dwight Howard gone and Paul Millsap likely to depart this summer, the Hawks really need bigs, and Collins has the potential to play both interior spots. His rebounding and efficiency in the paint will be welcome.

The lack of pure length and shooting ability are certainly valid concerns with Collins but, as noted, the former Wake Forest standout is a monster on the glass that was the most efficient player in college basketball a season ago.

Ford went on to discuss the picks of Dorsey and Kaba:

Dorsey's ability to shoot the ball and play both backcourt positions offensively could be a major plus for the Hawks. He's likewise a good value at 41. Kaba is a good athlete and can stretch the floor, making him a nice draft-and-stash option.

Obviously, Kaba is the enigma of the bunch and he is certainly a long-term project. With that said, Dorsey brings reasonable value to the table at No. 41 and, for a team that could use a spark offensively from the perimeter, it makes perfect sense.

Not everyone will be 100 percent sold on what the Atlanta Hawks did in the NBA Draft but the consensus seems to be positive. Stay tuned.