The 2018 NBA Draft is nearly here and, before it arrives on June 21, the Peachtree Hoops staff gathered in roundtable fashion to answer a few pertinent questions. In the first installment, we examine the players that the Atlanta Hawks should target (if available) at either the No. 30 or No. 34 picks.
Note: More information on specific prospects can be found in our pre-draft scouting reports.
Brad Rowland: It’s sometimes difficult to be realistic here. Could Mitchell Robinson or Elie Okobo be available? Maybe, but it’s not likely. The same could be said for DeAnthony Melton, whom I would heavily consider at No. 19 overall. With that said, Jacob Evans, Josh Okogie, Donte DiVincenzo, Melvin Frazier, Jalen Brunson, Aaron Holiday, Anfernee Simons, Bruce Brown and Shake Milton (in no particular order) would look good in Hawks uniforms for varying reasons and this is a deep and talented draft class.
Jeff Siegel: Assuming they get a big man with the third pick (basically unless they get Luka Doncic), I’m of the belief that the remainder of their picks should be used on wings or guards. Two-way wings in particular are the rarest commodities in the league and taking as many shots as you can to try to find those guys in the draft would be my strategy with these two picks. Guys like Josh Okogie and Shake Milton are the highest on my personal board among guys who should be available in this region, though this draft is pretty wing-heavy in the second half of the first round and first half of the second, so they should have their choice among a bunch of quality guys.
Zach Hood: Assuming they haven’t used one if not both of these moving up from No. 19 overall, Grayson Allen, Donte DiVincenzo, and Josh Okogie would all be interesting choices. All of these guys can create their own shot and compete on the defensive end, making them interesting prospects to say the least.
Glen Willis: Aaron Holiday, Jerome Robinson, Donte DiVincenzo, Melvin Frazier, Grayson Allen, Anfernee Simons, Landry Shamet, Moritz Wagner... to name a few.
Xavier Cooper: I believe Donte DiVincenzo would be a great choice. I would also look at Anfernee Simons and Josh Okogie. I’m really not sure who would be available (and that is a running theme) but those are players I would attempt to grab, if possible, at that spot.
Greg Willis: It is very, very tough to predict who is going to be available at No. 30 and No. 34, which has to be stated. However, Jalen Brunson would be great value at one of those spots. He has the stigma of being an undersized point guard, but at the combine, he measured in as bigger than both Trae Young and Collin Sexton. For the other pick, there will be potential defensive stoppers on the wing available. Players like Melvin Frazier, De’Anthony Melton and Shake Milton would be also bring terrific value at either spot.