Atlanta Hawks: Draft mockery (UPDATE: Hawks trade with Nets, get Crawford)

UPDATE: The Hawks selected Texas forward Damion James with the No. 24 pick and traded him to the Nets for the second of their first-round picks (No. 27 overall) and their second-round pick (No. 31). The Nets selected Jordan Crawford for the Hawks at No. 31.

More updates later. . . .

I scoured the Interwebs to find some mock drafts for your consumption. This is also the place for my blog people to talk amongst yourselves as the night unfolds. I’ll be holed up at Centennial Tower waiting for the Hawks’ decision-makers to pick their guys before emerging to explain themselves, but I will checking in on your comments.

So think positive thoughts and hope your Hawks buck recent trends and find a gem late in the first round. . . .

MC

DraftExpress.com: Dominique Jones

NBAdraft.net: Hassan Whiteside

Ian Thomsen, SI.com: Jordan Crawford

Sean Deveney, Sporting News: Jordan Crawford

Chad Ford, ESPN.com (Insider): Lance Stephenson

Dime Magazine: Lance Stephenson

FanHouse: Larry Sanders

Bret LaGree, Hoopinion: Larry Sanders

InsideHoops.com: Daniel Orton

NBA Draft Room: Elliot Williams

Mike McGraw, Sports XChange: Terrico White

Sports Agent Blog: Quincy Pondexter

561 comments Add your comment

O'Brien

June 24th, 2010
6:06 pm

MC,

regardless of who the hawks pick, lots of fans are going to complain, even before the offseason begins.

theOMGfather

June 24th, 2010
6:07 pm

crossin’ my fingers that we either get a big or make a trade :)

RaJaH

June 24th, 2010
6:12 pm

If the Bulls are looking to dump Hinrich and their lotto pick…we could pick them up in a S & T for JJ.

silent choirboy

June 24th, 2010
6:12 pm

Chad Ford’s latest has been showing Hassan Whiteside.

K Dub

June 24th, 2010
6:17 pm

We just traded Childress’s rights to the Wizards for their 22yr 7 footer, JaVale McGee..so, we should draft the best player available..Please, no Gani Lawal..

K Dub

June 24th, 2010
6:17 pm

22yr OLD, that is…

T.C

June 24th, 2010
6:19 pm

Last Season Hoopsworld had the Hawks pegged right the whole summer by saying we would take Jeff Teague. Their final mock draft this summer has us taking Devin Ebanks in the 1st and Jerome Randle in the 2nd. I like it, I wouldn’t be mad with that at all.

Ben

June 24th, 2010
6:20 pm

K Dub, where are you hearing that about Childress? That isn’t out anywhere. quit making stuff up

T.C

June 24th, 2010
6:21 pm

The Bulls just traded Kirk Heinrich to the Wizards. The deal can’t be made official until July 8th. Interesting….

JB

June 24th, 2010
6:23 pm

@RaJaH: They are trying to clear cap room. Their pick is #17 and I doubt there is going to be anybody there that isn’t a project (like Whiteside) who is going to help much more than the Hawks #24. I don’t see the value in that trade.

terrell

June 24th, 2010
6:24 pm

Wall, Foye, Hinrich, and Arenas? Wow! There has to be another move coming in the Wizards camp. Sign and trade for Chills perhaps? lol!

RaJaH

June 24th, 2010
6:24 pm

Bulls are dumping salary and I think their 1st is included in the deal. If JJ plans on going to the Bulls Hawks could have a couple assets in return.

JB

June 24th, 2010
6:24 pm

@Ben: I have been reading the same and posted in on one of the other blogs.

terrell

June 24th, 2010
6:24 pm

KDub, stop lying!

K Dub

June 24th, 2010
6:25 pm

LOL..someone just called me and said 790 the zone was reporting this…i cant find it anywhere..YET…

Jerry West

June 24th, 2010
6:27 pm

I heard the Childress/ 24 for McGee thing on 790, but nowhere else.

T.C

June 24th, 2010
6:27 pm

Jerry West

June 24th, 2010
6:29 pm

For clarification, Pollack said he heard something about it, and that it wasn’t a done deal. Sounded serious, but consider the source.

T.C

June 24th, 2010
6:30 pm

Well, they better go Get Gerald Green or something! lol, we’ll be even more pitiful on the wings than ever before!

truthspitter

June 24th, 2010
6:31 pm

Tonite will be another disappointment in Hawks history. They will likely trade the pick for cash and #24 will be an all-star in the NBA. With the Hawks its simple just follow the money, just like with the Larry Drew case.

NBA Draft Express: Horrible, why take Dominique Jones who is an undersized SG when Craig Brackins is there? Stupid so the Hawks would do it.

NBA Draft Net: Great the perfect guy and scenario Whiteside. So, the Hawks would not do that they are too stupid too.

SI.com: Jordan Crawford over Paul George, okay so lets pass on Danny Granger twice, this is really for special education students only, what a dumb ass suggestion. So, the Hawks would do it.

Sporting News: Jordan Crawford over Brackins again, what ignorance that would be. So, the Hawks will do it.

Chad Ford Insider 6.0: has Hawks taking Whiteside which once again is a great move. (By the way do more research before posting to meet your quota Mr. Cunnyboy)

Dime Magazine: Lance Stephenson over Craig Brackins and Damion James are you serious. Damion James was a player of the year candidate early in the season and a stud rebounder, runs the floor like a deer and Brackins has a special skill, he is a stretch 4 which the Hawks don’t have unless you want Josh taking jumpers. So, the Hawks would do it because they are stupid.

FanHouse: Larry Sanders is one of the more overrated players in draft but I would not be mad at this pick, he is atleast a big with overrated but decent athletic ability, better than Zaza to say the least. So, the Hawks would not do this because it makes some sense.

Hoopopinion: Larry Sanders, see above

Insidehoops: Daniel Orton over Craig Brackins are u kidding, Orton is like taking Marvin the Bust Williams all over again. A guy that did not even start for his college team and has shown nothing. The Hawks would do it because they love the great production they have gotten out of Marvin the Bust Williams

NBADraftRoom: Elliot I need to transfer to get playing time because I will never be really productive at Duke Williams over Larry Sanders who is once again big, long, and somewhat athletic, yes he is overrated but he is big and overrated, Williams is little and overrated. I will take the big overrated guy over the little overrated guy. The Hawks would do it because they are a trash operation.

SportsXChange: Terrico White, can’t argue here because all good players are gone, but this is the type of situation when you trade down, not for money when you are not gonna be able to sign any teams max players anyway.

SportsAgentBlog: This is the dumbest one ever. Quincy Pondextor over Hassan Whiteside and Craig Brackins: The Hawks will do it because they are the worse franchise in basketball, they even surpass the Clippers

terrell

June 24th, 2010
6:32 pm

K Dub, and you wont find it anywhere. lol!

K Dub

June 24th, 2010
6:33 pm

ahhh..my apologies if i was premature..i just desperately want us to do SOMETHING..

T.C

June 24th, 2010
6:33 pm

In conclusion: HOOPSWORLD WINS AGAIN HAHAHAHAHA!!!!

I MUS WRITE

June 24th, 2010
6:34 pm

K Dub you beat me too it. Rumors are fly’n about a possible S&T, Chillz rights for Javell Mcgee….. How is it that we hear rumors from every where exceptfor the person who has the most access to the team. MC step your game up,as of right now you are about as helpful/insightful as any ordinary joe who might post here………….

Honestly though i would rather read articles by Mr. Strickland…

K Dub

June 24th, 2010
6:34 pm

sooo many bad drafts..so many disappointments..We drafted Pau Gasol and traded him to the Grizzlies..he went on the win the Rookie of the Year award. LOL..WE ARE CURSED!!

T.C

June 24th, 2010
6:35 pm

terrell

June 24th, 2010
6:39 pm

Wizards wont keep 4 pg’s, so they’ve got something up their sleeve. Thats for sure. Cant have Wall, Arenas, Foye, and Hirinch on the same team. lol!

drmaryb

June 24th, 2010
6:44 pm

Rub – a – Dub!

Put Kdub in a tub! Kdub you got us all jacked up? That was just wronge – man! LOL!
I feel you though. So anxious!

K Dub

June 24th, 2010
6:46 pm

LOL!!! Lord have mercy on me..I can hear the sneakers of Priest Lauderdale squeaking down the court…..SIGH………

Ken Strickland

June 24th, 2010
6:47 pm

RAJAH-The Bulls are suppose to have a deal in place where they’ve agreed to send Hinrich and their #17 pick to the Wizzards. Besides, like MBibby, Hinrich has declined in every way. So why give up JJ and pay him $9.5M for only 10.9PPG, 4.5APG, and .409FG% in 33.5MPG, compared to Bibby’s 9.1PPG, 3.9APG and.416FG% in 27.4MPG?

We can certainly come up with a much better sign and trade than that. Now if they’re willing to give up Deng or Noah and their 17th pick in a sign and trade for JJ, then we should talk.

ReddJonn68

June 24th, 2010
6:47 pm

K Dub the reason for so many bad drafts is no fundementals it showed for us in the playoffs as well as a few other “good teams”. If we are gonna makes some noise lets take page from Doc play defense, they may not have won it all but even with age they still played up to their potential on defense. I say trade or draft for a solid defensive player he will still do the same when playoffs come. Rebounds, Block shots, and Fundamentals are hard to find. Who is the next DeJaun Blair in this Draft !!

ryan

June 24th, 2010
6:49 pm

I just heard a report that Washington plans to sign Josh Childress to 4 year deal what could that mean. Do see a draft night trade with this news.

TED DOVE

June 24th, 2010
6:55 pm

With the Hawks draft history, it would be best to draw a name from a hat.

RaJaH

June 24th, 2010
6:55 pm

@Ken…We can’t control where JJ goes. If he goes to the Bulls anyway we get a couple assets in return that can be used to upgrade the team. Hinrich still has value along with the 17th pick in a draft that many teams are spending to get into.

JoJo the Godfather

June 24th, 2010
6:56 pm

This rumor of Danny Granger & the 10 for Harris, Yi & the 3, just so Indiana can draft Favors, has me thinking. I’d give Josh Smith & Jeff Teague right now for Danny Granger, and they can keep the 10. Would you rather have Favors, Harris & Yi -or- Smith, Teague & #10?

JoJo the Godfather

June 24th, 2010
6:58 pm

As far as a Bulls S&T, I’m hoping the rumored Deng for Pietrus & Gortat trade happens. Those are a couple of pieces that we could use.

Bob Weiss

June 24th, 2010
7:00 pm

Sautee
June 24th, 2010
5:57 pm
“Al has peaked.”
Yeah, at 24 he’s already as good as he’ll ever get? Laughable, truly.
Well, if you have to peak early, at LEAST peak at an All-Star level, LOL! If peaking now means that he’s an All-Star every year, I’ll take it.
Only someone who HATED Al Horford could think such nonsense. Or is this some more “objective criticism”?
How “objective” is it to think a 24 year old with a great work ethic will STOP improving?
Really, is that “objective”?
Or is it more hater-ade?
Sautee
June 24th, 2010
5:59 pm
And if Sund traded an All-Star still on his rookie contract, he’d be TOAST.
drmaryb
June 24th, 2010
6:07 pm
Peak – Performance!
Sautee: Co – sign that. The Boss has no where near peaked! He just added a nice jumper to his game this
season.
That man has only just begun! – Like Helen Ready

J.Paul. Getty
June 24th, 2010
6:41 pmWoodson II (the sequel)
June 24th, 2010
6:40 pm
I did not mean for you to show your emotional side, Sautee. I sorry you interpret my evaluation of Al as “hate”
My assessment of Al “peaking” is that His career ave is 12pts. he came into the season with an 11pt average (some where in that neighborhood) and was severely criticized for his lack of offensive tools. So severely that Woodson took the blame, being the player coach that he is and said I will work with Al and tweak him to help him get better offensively. Every time I mentioned that Al was mediocre offensively you cried and quote Woodson’s statement repeatly. OK as a result he went from 11.6 to 14.2 pts that equates to a basket increase per game. His career average is 12pts and his best college year was 13 point so I cant see where he can get up to the 17 18 19 or 20 pts level that would indicate some serious growth.
True he might have a 15 pt year but then again he might have a 11 pt year. The bottom line is he is what he is . Hes playing the best he can, which aint bad. But hes just about scoring as high as he can score. Hes not a Dirk with shooting or a strong slasher like Josh. What he does is work hard every night as a blue collar working who doesnt have the skills as much as he has the work ethics. Having said that, he is about as good as he gets. The upside is he will barring injury be able to be a hard worker for a long time.
Its ok to accept criticism of your hero, your god. Please try and control your emotions
MIN PTS REB AST TO A/T STL BLK PF FG% FT% 3P% PPS
2006-2007 FLA 27.8 13.2 9.5 2.2 1.8 1.21 .7 1.8 2.5 .608 .644 .000 1.64
Career Totals: 229 225 33.3 .527 .143 .753 2.7 6.9 9.6 2.1 0.8 1.1 362 682 12.0

LMAO al is a better jumper than josh
Darryl Dawkins
June 24th, 2010
6:45 pm
That man has only just begun! – Like Helen Ready
Yeah that true, Al does kinda of remind you of Helen Reddy. Didnt she do that I am woman thingy?
Darryl Dawkins
June 24th, 2010
6:50 pm
Ode to Al Horford
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MUBnxqEVKlk

hawkfan

June 24th, 2010
7:03 pm

Sell their pick? how the He** could ASG even consider selling a pick with the lack of success their teams have had. I can’t believe that the idea of selling picks is even allowed.

My thoughts…

Hopefully, the minds running the organization can figure out a way to give Josh and Al some help… outside of those two, the Hawks future is bleak. A top 10 talent to grow along with your main two is a start – then you still got to figure out what to do with Marvin somehow too – he just doesn’t fit in (unless Drew can work some magic with him.) Let’s face it, this team is much further away from winning a championship than it is close to it. resigning Joe only furthers us it doesn’t put us any closer. Get what you can for him Hawks! Hopefully, some team would be willing to part with a top ten pick for some combo of him, Marvin and Bibby.

Mysterio

June 24th, 2010
7:04 pm

The draft is fixed and stupid. How can the worst team not get the first pick? Stern is a joke like Selig.

STEEL (Formerly VenomSpitter)

June 24th, 2010
7:05 pm

Crossing my fingers

Bob Weiss

June 24th, 2010
7:05 pm

drmaryb
June 24th, 2010
6:07 pm
Peak – Performance!
Sautee: Co – sign that. The Boss has no where near peaked! He just added a nice jumper to his game this
season.
That man has only just begun! – Like Helen Ready

Darryl Dawkins
June 24th, 2010
6:45 pm
That man has only just begun! – Like Helen Ready
Yeah that true, Al does kinda of remind you of Helen Reddy. Didnt she do that I am woman thingy

Darryl Dawkins
June 24th, 2010
6:50 pm
Ode to Al Horford
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MUBnxqEVKlk

I MUS WRITE

June 24th, 2010
7:07 pm

Cousins is going to Philly just a hunch…….

RaJaH

June 24th, 2010
7:08 pm

Lebron needs to take his @$$ out west!

I MUS WRITE

June 24th, 2010
7:08 pm

No Gani Lawal……. he is not going to help us much. I saw him about a year ago and he is 6′7 about 225. Light in the azz tweener IMO

Michael Cunningham

June 24th, 2010
7:09 pm

@truthspitter: dude, why does your dial always seem to be stuck on caustic? do you not have the capability to make your points without insulting anyone who dares disagree with you? do you believe you have a monopoly on truth and/or reasonable opinions? and as your comments on the salary cap blog showed, being caustic and arrogant when you have your basic facts wrong only serves to make you look shrill.

Bob Weiss

June 24th, 2010
7:09 pm

Bird

June 24th, 2010
7:10 pm

I wish Buck from 680 would stop teasing me with the fake rumor of Josh for CP3. You killing me Buck!!!

I MUS WRITE

June 24th, 2010
7:12 pm

Just do that S&T, I could car less who we get at 24. Who ever it is will spend alot of time with cheseb urger and Morris. Mcgee actually held his own against Al and josh….18/11 and a couple of nasty dunks-young long athletic shotblocker. Hell i would even throw in ZAZA if need be….

drmaryb

June 24th, 2010
7:12 pm

Bob Weiss

You Wild Man! ROF. LOL. Thanks for the laughs tonite!

I got my popcorn and cherry-coke! So, Let’s Go!

Michael Cunningham

June 24th, 2010
7:13 pm

@ I MUS WRITE: “How is it that we hear rumors from every where exceptfor the person who has the most access to the team. MC step your game up,as of right now you are about as helpful/insightful as any ordinary joe who might post here………….”

sorry, i assumed you would rather hear information confirmed to be true. my bad. . . .