Atlanta Hawks: NBA draft open thread

Update: The Hawks selected Vanderbilt junior guard John Jenkins with the No. 23 overall pick. The Hawks had two workout sessions at Philips Arena with Jenkins, who was the top perimeter shooter in NCAA Division I last season.

Update: The Hawks selected Virginia forward Mike Scott with the No. 43 overall pick.

There has seemed to be a subtle shift in comments by Hawks folks since Danny Ferry came on board.

Before there was lots of talk about possibly selecting a player who could join the rotation right away. Now there seemed to be more of a focus on drafting the best talent, regardless of that player’s immediate readiness.

“The ‘best player’ scenario probably fits us the best right now,” Hawks assistant manager Dave Pendergraft said.

That’s not to suggest that the Hawks weren’t considering a long-term prospect before (and, really, most of the players available late in the first round fit that bill). It’s just that Ferry and co-owner Bruce Levenson both have stressed long-term player development and so it follows that’s the organization’s message.

Ferry was still getting his legs when he talked to media Monday and so didn’t have a lot to say about his draft strategy. The team’s PR staff hasn’t made him available for interviews since then. Ferry did talk to the team’s Web site today and addressed the possibility of making a trade.

“Will something happen? I’m not sure that it will, and we will probably be picking 23,” Ferry said. “There is still a long time before we have to pick so we’ll see what happens.”

Ferry said there is a lot of trade talk centered on draft picks in general but said: “We are not going to make a trade just to make a trade.”

“We’ll be a part of some of those talks,” Ferry said. “Maybe we can add a piece or do something.”

Both Pendergraft and Larry Drew said there haven’t been any issues with Ferry joining the staff so late in the process.

“He’s been following all of the draft stuff and he knows these guys really well,” Drew said. “Our format in which we do things, it’s been pretty much the same that it’s been. These guys that have been at the forefront of the draft, Rick [Sund], Dave, our scouts–it’s been, to me, a very smooth transition thus far. Everybody is giving their opinions and thoughts and everyone is trying obviously to find the best player available for us at that pick.”

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JJ Cook

June 28th, 2012
9:20 pm

Trade Joe Johnson for a cold 6-pack of beer. Draft Fab Melo. We need a C. ZAZA is a stiff.

DP

June 28th, 2012
9:20 pm

I like that move for Cleveland. With Irving, Waiters, Thompson and Zeller they could have a pretty good young nucleus. Don’t understand the deal for Dallas unless they are going to move some of those picks. Surely they’re not going to rebuild while Dirk still has gas in the tank.

Ray

June 28th, 2012
9:21 pm

Another player that we high on has fallen is it everyone’s favorite or not find out soon.

The Real cp

June 28th, 2012
9:21 pm

If Perry is gone when the Hawks pick give me Quincy Miller.

hawksfancents95

June 28th, 2012
9:21 pm

dang hou.orl will get teague. idk how itd be for jeff teague if marquis is there at #23 and we dont get him. Dal is ballin now with those 3 picks. that is what you do in these drafts is trade back for more picks.
orl should get pj3 here

Rob

June 28th, 2012
9:21 pm

Perry J goin to Boston

Melvin

June 28th, 2012
9:21 pm

Ra’mon,

Let the Celtics have Sullinger. Heck, I will announce the pick for them…

Najeh Davenpoop

June 28th, 2012
9:21 pm

If any team is a good fit for PJ3, it’s Boston. KG is built almost exactly the same and came into the league similarly perimeter-oriented. If PJ3 can’t learn how to play with intensity from KG, he won’t learn from anyone.

Ray

June 28th, 2012
9:22 pm

Orlando is not getting Teague I can tell you that much.

Ra'mon

June 28th, 2012
9:22 pm

If Chicago signs Kirk H, that will be a win for Atlanta, lol.

The Real cp

June 28th, 2012
9:23 pm

Didnt see that one coming. Yea its no way Perry falls to the Hawks now

Rob

June 28th, 2012
9:23 pm

Alot of Mocks I saw had Andrew Nicholson going to Hawks.

Melvin

June 28th, 2012
9:23 pm

Dang, I think the Magic stole the Celtics pick. Celtics are going to pick Perry now…

Ra'mon

June 28th, 2012
9:23 pm

Nicholson would’ve looked so well alongside D12, lol

Ray

June 28th, 2012
9:24 pm

@ Najeh

Agreed if you play PF can’t learn from someone like KG or even Duncan you suck plain and simple. Here comes Denver they’re not getting Teague either.

The Real cp

June 28th, 2012
9:24 pm

Alright im back on the Quincy Miller bandwagon

Melvin

June 28th, 2012
9:24 pm

Najeh,

Let PJ3 learn in a Hawks uniform….

Just Joe

June 28th, 2012
9:24 pm

Down to Sullinger, Jones III, and Moultrie. 3 picks before the Hawks.

SteveW

June 28th, 2012
9:24 pm

So our board is now Sullinger, Fournier, and Wroten according to ESPN…

hawksfancents95

June 28th, 2012
9:25 pm

yessss. good pick orl get that slow garbage out of here before we make a mistake. denver will get teague here to backup ty lawson. denvers got Cs with mozgov and kostafus?
can yall feel this anticipation only 3 picks away from the future of our organization and the path GM DF chooses..

Ray

June 28th, 2012
9:25 pm

I think we should pick Teague’s younger brother safest pick we can make.

DS

June 28th, 2012
9:25 pm

There are so many good players left…this was really a deep draft

Anwar sadat

June 28th, 2012
9:25 pm

I think we Candi better than Wroten

Buddy Grizzard

June 28th, 2012
9:25 pm

Too bad Otis Smith is gone in Orlando. No more stupid draft picks.

Ra'mon

June 28th, 2012
9:26 pm

I hope Atlanta is able to trade back into the first round. There is too much talent available at the end of the draft. There aren’t stars, but there are definitely players who can crack the rotation.

The Real cp

June 28th, 2012
9:26 pm

Moultrie has really fallen too.

JJ

June 28th, 2012
9:26 pm

Trade Marvin Williams for an ipod nano. Worst #2 pick in the history of the NBA.

TMACfan

June 28th, 2012
9:26 pm

Draft Wroten!

Ray

June 28th, 2012
9:26 pm

Denver has selected and it’s not who we think it is either.

Melvin

June 28th, 2012
9:26 pm

Just say no to Jeff Taylor…

The Real cp

June 28th, 2012
9:26 pm

I dont want the French kid or Wroten.

Anwar sadat

June 28th, 2012
9:27 pm

PG3, makes it pass Boston we good

DP

June 28th, 2012
9:27 pm

JJ, you must be forgetting Darko Milicic.

Najeh Davenpoop

June 28th, 2012
9:27 pm

Haha @ JVG saying Meyers Leonard’s last name should be his first name and vice versa coming back from the commercial break.

Slimjr

June 28th, 2012
9:27 pm

Great, another non-shooter going to be drafted by the Hawks[Wroten]

Nicholson is going to give out Hawks fits! Shoot!

WVU HAWK

June 28th, 2012
9:27 pm

lamb and jones for Smith?

Slimjr

June 28th, 2012
9:27 pm

The Real cp

June 28th, 2012
9:28 pm

Didnt see that one coming.. Boston will take Perry and Sullinger. Give me Quincy or Moultrie

Ra'mon

June 28th, 2012
9:28 pm

I knew it. I knew Fournier would end up in a system like that. Earlier I compared him to Galinari. He’s going to be pretty good.

SteveW

June 28th, 2012
9:28 pm

I agree – safest pick right now in a sense is Marquis Teague – can’t see it happening however.

Ray

June 28th, 2012
9:28 pm

So now PJ3, J Sullinger, Quincy Miller, The boy from Miss. St. is still avaliable plus the two centers.

Melvin

June 28th, 2012
9:28 pm

Celtics, keep you paws off of either PJ3 or Moultre

Buddy Grizzard

June 28th, 2012
9:28 pm

Buddy Grizzard

June 28th, 2012
9:29 pm

Melvin

June 28th, 2012
9:29 pm

I hope Miami don’t get Teague….

Najeh Davenpoop

June 28th, 2012
9:29 pm

Those highlights are the first I have seen of Fournier, so obviously this is not the most informed opinion in the world, but I am not sweating the fact that he is not available for the Hawks. I wasn’t that impressed.

Ra'mon

June 28th, 2012
9:30 pm

JJ, no way Marvin is worse than Darko. NO WAY!

The Real cp

June 28th, 2012
9:30 pm

Boston put us out the playoffs and will probably take a guy we want.

Rob

June 28th, 2012
9:30 pm

Hawks might throw that curveball and go big with Fab

Ray

June 28th, 2012
9:30 pm

Here we Go Boston what you got for us with these two picks.

Something tells me Teague 2 is in there watch.