As the Hawks enter the summer, this is how their future breaks down:
♦ We don’t know what’s going to happen with their ownership (click here).
♦ We don’t know what’s going to happen with Joe Johnson (click here).
♦ We don’t know what’s going to happen with Josh Childress (click here).
So why should Thursday’s draft be any more obvious?
Heading out to the Hawks’ final pre-draft workouts this morning at Philips Arena to chat with general manager Rick Sund. So I thought it would be a good idea to check out some mock drafts to see if I could get a consensus on what the Hawks are going to do with the 24th pick.
Fail. Epic fail.
I checked nine mock drafts. Only two had the same selection. The Sporting News and SI.com both have the Hawks taking Xavier shooting guard Jordan Crawford. Seven other mocks have seven other players.
If Crawford’s name sounds familiar, it’s because he is the player who dunked on LeBron James in a pickup game at the LeBron James Skills Academy last summer in Ohio. (VIDEO BELOW)
Here’s the rundown:
♦♦ From SI.com: Jordan Crawford, shooting guard, Xavier, 6-4, 195. He carried Xavier as a slasher and streaky shooter, and he’ll fit in with the athletic Hawks as they give more minutes to up-tempo guard Jeff Teague. His rookie-year role will depend on whether or not Joe Johnson returns.
♦♦ From The Sporting News: Crawford. The Hawks are looking for capable wing players who can play immediately. Crawford is a good fit, but Devin Ebanks and Quincy Pondexter are also possibilities.
♦♦ From ESPN (requires Insider subscription): Lance Stephenson, shooting guard, Cincinnati, 6-6, 227. The Hawks aren’t known for really swinging for the fences. But they just might try with Stephenson. With Joe Johnson looking as though he may bolt this summer, the team is going to need another wing and Stephenson has as much talent as anyone left on the board. He has an NBA body, can play the iso game and has a high basketball IQ. His lack of a 3-point jump shot could be a concern for the Hawks, but at this point I think you have to take the best player available.
♦♦ From Yahoo (via The Sports Xchange): Quincy Pondexter, small forward, Washington, 6-6, 215. Pondexter bumped his scoring average from 12.1 to 19.3 points during his senior year. His father, Roscoe, was a third-round draft pick of the Celtics in the early 1970s.
♦♦ From Fox Sports: Paul George, small forward, Fresno State, 6-9, 215. He’s an under-the-radar guy who has a ton of potential. He’s versatile, a big-time athlete and is more skilled than many give him credit for.
♦♦ From NBADraft.net: Armon Johnson, point guard/shooting guard, Nevada, 6-3, 190. (Analysis edited.) Strengths: Point guard with excellent size (6′3) and strength to handle the NBA PG position. A lefty with excellent one on one skills and the ability to create baskets off the dribble. Gets excellent lift on his shot and has a fluid release. First step is extremely fast. Excellent ball handling ability and the vision to find open teammates for baskets. Weaknesses: Not a natural at creating offense for others, but has shown improvement in that area. Fearless going inside and challenging bigger opponents and finishing drives with floaters or attacking the rim. Point guard skills are good but not great. Still must become a better passer and learn to control the tempo and set up teammates in the half court. He is much more adept at creating offense for himself. Gets a little out of control in transition.
♦♦ From Hoops Hype (via Draft Express): Dominique Jones, point guard, Texas, 6-4, 205. Big combo guard with excellent size, length and strength. Aggressive slasher who gets to the free throw line at a great rate. Capable of creating shots for both himself and others. Outstanding man to man defender thanks to his physical tools and toughness. Must improve perimeter shooting range and cut down on turnovers. Comparison: Leandro Barbosa.
♦♦ From AOL Fanhouse: Jerome Jordan, center, Tulsa, 7-0, 251. Jordan was one of the best rebounders in the nation, and an efficient scorer in the paint. The Hawks always fill the depth chart on the cheap in the frontcourt; Jordan could give them a cheap and promising piece for four years.
♦♦ From Inside Hoops: James Anderson, shooting guard, Oklahoma State, 6-6, 195. (Analysis from NBADraft.net. Edited). Strengths: Prolific scoring swingman in a wiry 6-6 frame. Highly efficient offensive game (46% FG for his college career). Lights out shooter with textbook form and high release. Extremely effective in catch-and-shoot situations, with his feet set and ready to fire. Likes to take a jump stop just inside the paint for a little right-handed floater. Weaknesses: Lack of ball handling skills really constricts his game. Not comfortable creating offense for himself or teammates. Appears hesitant with the ball in his hands. Despite his athletic gifts, does not look “smooth” when forced to make a basketball move. His basketball IQ needs work.
And now, here’s Crawford’s dunk, via embaumnation. Look for it at the 34-second mark, and again on replay.
Crawford schools LeBron
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