The addition of a third pick in the first round of the 2018 NBA Draft is significant for the Atlanta Hawks and, between now and late June, there will be plenty of buzz concerning players that Travis Schlenk and company could target. However, one particular player found himself tied to the Hawks in two different mock drafts this week and that prospect is Oregon swingman Troy Brown.
Jonathan Givony of ESPN said the following in projecting Brown to Atlanta.
With the second of their three first-round picks, the Hawks might look to add some depth at the wing position.
Thanks to his strong frame and 6-foot-11 wingspan, Brown is a Swiss army knife who can play anywhere from 1-4. He’s a good passer, ball handler and defender with a competitive streak and good feel for the game. He lacks elite athleticism and is a streaky shooter but is one of the youngest prospects in this draft, giving him plenty of upside to grow into.
Then, Ricky O’Donnell of SB Nation had this to say in sending the former five-star prospect to the Hawks with the Minnesota pick.
Brown checks a lot of boxes for an off-guard. He’s got good size (6’6), he’s a skilled ball handler and passer from years spent being groomed as a point guard in high school, and he’s also a developing shooter. Ideally, he’s a versatile two-way player who won’t necessarily be a big scorer but can contribute in a lot of other areas.
Brown certainly projects as a role player at the next level and, despite the fact that he was once a top-15 high school prospect, there were highs and lows during his lone season at Oregon. His shooting was perhaps the biggest concern, as Brown connected on only 29.1 percent of his threes (in 110 attempts) and, while that isn’t a massive sample, it is disconcerting given the shorter college three-point line.
Still, the Hawks have a strong track record of bringing out the best in wings, especially when it comes to shooting. Brown’s basketball IQ would also be quite enticing and, in the event that Atlanta does not land Luka Doncic (or even Villanova’s Mikal Bridges) at the top of the first round, it would make sense to add another wing to complement Taurean Prince, Kent Bazemore and DeAndre’ Bembry (among others) in the pipeline.
It is too early for mock drafts to be taken seriously (at least overly so) but Brown is a prospect that is quite intriguing and he could be available when the Hawks make their second selection of the first round. In short, he’s a name to monitor.