Atlanta Hawks: Draft workouts

The Hawks released the names of the 34 prospects they will host for workouts prior to the NBA Draft on June 24. Atlanta, which holds the Nos. 24 and 53 overall picks, ideally would like to find a center and wing shooter in the draft. College team or country of league is listed. Names link to players’ DraftExpress.com profiles, when available:

*Denotes early-entry candidate

Monday, June 14

Terrico White, 6-5, G, Ole Miss
Elliott Williams*, 6-4, G, Memphis
Dominique Jones*, 6-4, G, South Florida
Manny Harris*, 6-5, G, Michigan

Tuesday, June 15

Darington Hobson*, 6-7, F, New Mexico
Stanley Robinson, 6-9, F, Connecticut
Pape Sy, 6-7, F, France

Wednesday, June 16

Mikhail Torrance, 6-5, G, Alabama
Jordan Crawford*, 6-4, G, Xavier
Chris Kramer, 6-3, G, Purdue
J.T. Tiller, 6-3, G, Missouri
Greivis Vasquez, 6-5, G, Maryland

Thursday, June 17

Gani Lawal*, 6-8, F, Georgia Tech
Charles Garcia*, 6-9, F, Seattle

Friday, June 18

Devin Ebanks*, 6-8, F, West Virginia
Quincy Pondexter, 6-6, F, Washington
Elijah Millsap*, 6-6, F, Alabama-Birmingham
Kevin Palmer, 6-6, F, Texas A&M-Corpus Christi
Landon Milbourne, 6-7, F, Maryland

Saturday, June 19

Trevor Booker, 6-7, F, Clemson
Lazar Hayward, 6-7, F, Marquette
Tasmin Mitchell, 6-7, F, LSU

Sunday, June 20

Craig Brackins*, 6-10, F, Iowa State
Derrick Caracter*, 6-9, F, Texas-El Paso
Patrick Sullivan, 6-9, F, Southeastern Louisiana
Jarvis Varnado, 6-9, F, Mississippi State

Tuesday, June 22

Larry Sanders*, 6-9, F, Virginia Commonwealth
Ryan Richards, 6-10, F, Switzerland
Latavious Williams, 6-8, F, D-League
Solomon Alabi*, 7-0, C, Florida State
Samardo Samuels*, 6-8, F, Louisville
Daniel Orton*, 6-10, C, Kentucky
Tory Jackson, 5-10, G, Notre Dame
Joe Dukes, 6-1, G, Georgia State

MC

51 comments Add your comment

blackbee

June 8th, 2010
4:44 pm

Can the public watch workouts and what times?

Hopeful

June 8th, 2010
4:45 pm

HOpefully they are going to get a replacement for Marvin WIlliams and Joe JOhnson.

Michael Cunningham

June 8th, 2010
4:46 pm

@blackbee: Workouts are closed to the public and media

Ramon

June 8th, 2010
4:47 pm

@ Blackbee, no.

Reggie

June 8th, 2010
4:54 pm

We should be taking a look a Dexter Pittman the center from Texas also.

allan in texas

June 8th, 2010
4:55 pm

Any more news on the coaching front?

allan in texas

June 8th, 2010
4:56 pm

I agree with Reggie. Bring in big Dexter!!!!!

Melvin

June 8th, 2010
4:59 pm

Ryan Richards and Trevor Booker…. Get it done Sund…

freedyg

June 8th, 2010
5:01 pm

what about the big guy from Gonzaga?

newkid

June 8th, 2010
5:04 pm

Must be some kind of omission here MC. Where is ‘the Beat’ (Paul George)?

Hoops

June 8th, 2010
5:17 pm

I would love to see the workout on Tuesday, June 22. Larry Sanders @ 6′9″, Ryan Richards @ 6′10″, Solomon Alabi @ 7′0″, and Daniel Orton @ 6′10″. I predict some bumping and banging. There could be an earth trimmer in Atlanta that day!!!

Michael Cunningham

June 8th, 2010
5:18 pm

@allan: coaching decision expected Wed. or Thurs.

Michael Cunningham

June 8th, 2010
5:19 pm

@newkid: Paul George isn’t on the list. usually that means Hawks don’t feel like he’ll be there when they pick or George’s people don’t think he will be there.

newkid

June 8th, 2010
5:21 pm

Thanks MC. Jive Sund. Make a move; get ‘the Beat’ in here.

Michael Cunningham

June 8th, 2010
5:22 pm

@Reggie: Hawks could still be looking at Pittman though he’s not on the list

Ramon

June 8th, 2010
5:22 pm

Its my belief, at this point in the draft, you have to select whomever you feel will have the biggest defensive impact. As a late first round pick, defense is the only way any player can really expect to come close to seeing minutes in his first 2 seasons. To me, Ryan Richards and Alabi are the obvious picks if available. But if you see a lock down defender at the 2/3 you have to take them if Richards and Alabi are gone.

Big Ray

June 8th, 2010
5:31 pm

Ramon ,

I think you’re right, especially with our team. Defense first, although a decent wing scorer might see some time as well….but not if he can’t play a lick of defense. Even without Joe Johnson, this team does not suffer for lack of guys who are willing to put the ball in the hole. Still, I’d like a wing who could put some points on the board off the bench. Especially if Mo Evans goes elsewhere.

We don’t trust Marvin to get anything done, and he’s a starter.

Ramon

June 8th, 2010
5:35 pm

Big Ray, I think it’d be easier though to get a scoring wing with the veteran’s minimum than it would be to draft one. Think about Jerry Stackhouse could’ve been a Hawk and would’ve been a great scoring wing. Also Michael Finley wouldn’t have been a bad option as far as scoring. But if you’re a wing, a rookie, a defender, and you can dribble as well as simply knock down an open shot. You’re what we need, lol.

Big Ray

June 8th, 2010
5:59 pm

Ramon

Agreed. It still kills me to think that we could have had Stackhouse. Ouch. That was a non-move by Sund. But then, I think this might also come back to nobody expecting Marvin to regress into a “where’s Waldo” set of disappearing acts. Because that happened, Jamal came off the bench quite a bit, but he wasn’t a solution when it came to defending or rebounding, so it hurt us. All we could do then was use Mo in that slot when he was given the playing time, which Woody wasn’t so free with at first. The more minutes Mo got, the more he helped, especially down the stretch.

But again, playing him at the 3 is not the ideal situation. Golden State didn’t do it much. Orlando hardly did it at all. I don’t know why we insisted on it.

O'Brien

June 8th, 2010
6:06 pm

Although I like his size, I dont think Alabi is a good pick, because I dont think he will get much PT the first 2 seasons (and if he does, I dont think he will be very effective).

The guys I like are Trevor Booker, big game James Anderson and Damion James (a senior, and he is willing to play defense and rebound). Booker and Damion may not have the huge upside some of the other guys have, but I think they are more likely to contribute right away.

Najeh Davenpoop

June 8th, 2010
6:15 pm

If they don’t expect to pick a guy who can contribute, why not just pick the guy with the best measurables and send him outright to the D-League. Why even bother with workouts?

GT Alum

June 8th, 2010
6:23 pm

Well, Najeh, I would think because measurables don’t tell you what the guy brings as part of his game. Rodman wasn’t the tallest guy in the NBA, but outrebounded a bunch of much taller guys. Especially since the Hawks are looking for a post guy who can be a rebounder, defender and post scorer. That takes a certain kind of attitude in addition to a certain type of body, and you can’t always teach that attitude. The Hawks have enough raw athletes. They need to find guys who at least have potential to fill certain roles.

O'Brien

June 8th, 2010
6:26 pm

Unlike Marvin (who did not work out against another player, all he did was knock down shots), I hope the Hawks will have guys go against each other.

The competition will be good, and it will show what kind of shape guys are in.

Jody

June 8th, 2010
6:29 pm

I think it’s important to look at the big picture. Immediate gratification is always nice, but it’s not absolutely necessary in the Hawks situation. I like a guy like Alabi and even if it takes a couple of years before he’s ready, the length, size and prescense he could give a team on just the defensive end would be alot more valuable that what a run of the mill wing player will do.

ignition

June 8th, 2010
6:40 pm

I’ve seen Jordan Crawford and kid can score…

Mel

June 8th, 2010
6:44 pm

I really hope Joe returns.. I want Mo Evans gone.. Was i the only one tired of seeing him getting burned on D and missing every shot not from the corner.. He also had a knack for missing wide open lay ups in transition.. Marvin is a lost cause as well.

What frustrates the hell outta me is that we drafted forwards for like 4 drafts in a row and still dont have what we neeed.

In doing so, we passed on 5 all-star players. Paul, Williams, Rondo, Roy, and Granger..

sheeesh

bigdave

June 8th, 2010
6:57 pm

Mo exercised his option.. will be back.

Big Ray

June 8th, 2010
7:04 pm

O’brien ,

Why would Alabi not get much PT in his first two seasons? Just curious what you base that idea on. If it’s because he is like Hasheem Thabeet (needs major work, and it may take 2 seasons or more) then I certainly understand. I haven’t watched the kid, so I don’t know enough to have an opinion, and am asking yours.

Big Ray

June 8th, 2010
7:06 pm

Bigdave ,

Don’t know about others, but I’m happy to hear it. Mo is a veteran who has no problems working hard and proved to be effective down the stretch (when he got enough PT). He helped out with that second unit. I’d rather see him more in a backup role at the 2 than the 3, though.

Big Ray

June 8th, 2010
7:08 pm

Unlike Marvin (who did not work out against another player, all he did was knock down shots), I hope the Hawks will have guys go against each other.

Yessir, absolutely! The problem with the Marvin workout was simple: Billy Knight had already made up his mind, and as far as he was concerned, there was no need to see up close and personal what Marvin would do in a workout situation where he had to go up against other prospects. Knight could be arrogant and inflexible like that at times….

ignition

June 8th, 2010
7:08 pm

Albi is garbage.. He has NO offense at all and Deffense is suspect as hell. He can block shots but is weak in the post and is not explosive at all.

Najeh Davenpoop

June 8th, 2010
7:18 pm

GT Alum, I was referring to the foolish comments by the Hawks assistant GM that they can’t expect to pick someone who will contribute. I agree with your post.

Tony from Stone Mountain

June 8th, 2010
7:23 pm

What about this guy? Miroslav Raduljica

“February 23, 2010
Considered by some NBA scouts to be the most underrated prospect in Europe, this season has clearly been a coming out party for Serbian center Miroslav Raduljica, now draft-eligible as a 1988 born international. We got to watch him play on four separate occasions over the course of our trip, and each time came away impressed by a different facet of his game.”

Grandad

June 8th, 2010
7:37 pm

Big Ray – Alabi is a great kid with potential.
However, his balance and agility must improve.
His lower body strength [chicken legs] are not
NBA ready to bump, bang & displace.
He has a nice mid-range game offensively,
but @ this point, Zaza is far ahead skill wise.
Defensivly he is long [tall] enough but lacks
grown man strength.

I’m not certain why Jerome Jordan will not be brought in?
Older & more NBA ready to help NOW.

O'Brien

June 8th, 2010
8:03 pm

Ray,

I haven’t seen much of Alabi’s game, but from what little I did see, he did not stand out to me.

And from reading the draft sites and looking at his stats, he averaged 6 rebounds per game (4 defensive). At his size, only 6 rpg? And he seems to rely on his height too much, and does not have quick feet.

I agree with Grandad. I don’t think he is ready.

northcyde

June 8th, 2010
8:47 pm

I was wondering when we’d see who the Hawks will work out.

My guy is Varnado. If we don’t take him in Round 1, he may not be there by the time we pick in Round 2. This team definitely needs another active body around the rim who can defend and rebound.

Sign a free agent shooter, if these guys aren’t to our liking in the workouts.

i_am_soulstar

June 8th, 2010
9:17 pm

I’m happy the schedule is set so almost all of players are working out with players of the same or similar positions for comparison purposes. I wonder why the smallest guards are set to workout on the last day with all the power forwards/ centers though? Hmm…

MsDee

June 8th, 2010
9:26 pm

northcyde,

Why would we need another PF?? Center or SF but no PF..we have AL Horford, Morris, Josh Smith for that position..I like who Grandad suggests..why not Jerome Jordan? Nice, tall center who is NBA ready!!

O'Brien

June 8th, 2010
9:58 pm

northcyde,

I prefer a guy like Booker in the first round. If we want Varnado, maybe we can trade 2 second round picks to move up in the second round. Or a second round pick and cash.

I am concerned about his weight though, because he is on the skinny side (Solomon Jones’ build), although his numbers came against SEC competition.

HoosierHawk

June 8th, 2010
10:51 pm

When I look at this list, the best/ highest potential player to me is Ebanks. BUT I HOPE THE HAWKS DO NOT DRAFT YET ANOTHER 6′8 SF/PF!!!!!!! We do not need anymore Marvins. Crawford kind of reminds me of Jamal Crawford. Kind of a hotshot, kind of streaky, questionable defender. I wish Vasquez would drop to us in the 2nd round because I’d like to see someone emotional and intense like him pushing Bibby and Teague in practice.

Mystikal

June 8th, 2010
11:20 pm

What happened to doing their due dilligence? There are many other good players that could potentially drop. Two of my favorites, Paul George and Hassan Whiteside I think are worth trading up for if they fall past the 15th pick. Not to mention there are numerous teams willing to trade back between 8 and 15.

This makes me more curious to see who our new coach will be. So we will know what his attitude is towards young players and how good is he at developing young talent. That could play heavily into a draft decision.

Mystikal

June 8th, 2010
11:25 pm

And Ideally I’d love for us to obtain Minnesota’s 2 latter first rounders (16 & 23) and take a couple of 7 fters to develop. Hassan Whiteside, Solomon Alabi, Jerome Jordan, or even Daniel Orton could go along way in the right direction. If we snag 2 it is not as much pressure for either to succeed right away.

T.J.

June 9th, 2010
1:38 am

No Lance Stephenson? James Anderson? Eric Bledsoe? Explanation?

MaxxHawk

June 9th, 2010
3:59 am

Man, how many Centers were on that list? 2? Looks like Solomon Alabi, Orton or bust. Where’s Jerome Jordan? Dexter Pittman? Center is our biggest need

#1 GT FAN

June 9th, 2010
9:36 am

I might be the only Hawks fan saying this, but I think Al did a great job at center this year. Why not leave him there? I think the Hawks should go for a forward, Some one like Lawal, or another good forward. That is what some teams dont have, and that is what makes the Hawks different.

The Hawks have a center that will get out and run the floor ( which is how the Hawks won so many games). If the hawks bring in some big guy, wont that just slow that offense down?- and do we really need any thing else to slow the offense down—– MARVIN.

Another thought, Deffense (most of the time) was not the hawks problem. It was offense. The hawks had no one that would score day in and day out besides Crawford, and dare I say Joe.

What I am getting at is, why get a big man, just for him to play “D”. The Hawks need people on the floor who can score, and play D.

p.s.- the hawks need to get DOC for there coach!
and please get red of Marvin(biggest bust from the hawks draft)
let Jeff Teague play more, maybe even start. you never know,he could be the next Rondo in the playoffs.

GO HAWKS!!!!

#1 GT FAN

June 9th, 2010
9:45 am

And I for got to say in last post— GET D WADE!!!!!!!!!!!
This would be my starting five

PG)- D WADE
SG)- Joe Johnson
SF)- Josh Smith
F) Ganni Lawal
C)- Al

Backups
PG)- Jeff Teague
SG)- Jamal Crawford
SF)- Mo Evans
PF)-Randolph Morris
C)- ZaZa Pachulia

Sautee

June 9th, 2010
11:13 am

Sutton's Fro

June 9th, 2010
11:30 am

If one of the Hawks’ stated needs is a center, why is the average height of these prospects 6′7″??? Only 3 6′10″ guys and 1 7-footer?

This tells me that either the Hawks aren’t serious about getting bigger, or will fill this need through free agency. Billy Knight is gone, but we still draft tiny point guards and average-sized small forwards….

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MaxxHawk

June 10th, 2010
2:26 am

I agree that Al did a great job as a Center, he went to the All-Star game, but the fact remains that he would be even better at his natural NBA position, which is the PF spot. Our weakness was going against teams with good height and size down low. We need to get a 7-footer to match up against other 7ft Centers. Alabi and Jordan can both defend and rebound, which is what we need. Jordan has a much better Offensive game.