Will Hawks draft player (Crawford) who dunked on LeBron?

Jordan Crawford is named in two of nine NBA mock drafts as a potential Hawks' pick.

Jordan Crawford is named in two of nine NBA mock drafts as a potential Hawks' pick.

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.

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June 22nd, 2010
12:40 am

KC in Smyrna

June 22nd, 2010
12:45 am

We need a big man. I pray that Alabi from FSU falls to us. Otherwise, we need to select the best CENTER (6′11+) and hope we get lucky. Until we can defend the interior post players, we will never beat the top teams.


June 22nd, 2010
12:52 am

I would be soo happy if we drafted him (Crawford), and if im not mistaken is’nt he Jamals brother???? The brother Duo would be nice

Bob Lee Swagger

June 22nd, 2010
1:00 am

I’d go for a big guy if there’s one out there who can contribute. The guy from Tulsa sounds like a pretty good pick, IMO. He could add some immediate depth at C.

TV Guy

June 22nd, 2010
1:08 am

Maria Bello is looking HOT on Craig Ferguson’s show right now.

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June 22nd, 2010
2:28 am


June 22nd, 2010
3:21 am

Hopefully Whiteside falls to us! If not take the college leading shot blocker I forgot his name though!

Herschel Talker

June 22nd, 2010
3:37 am

Fire Kenshin Kawakami!


June 22nd, 2010
3:50 am

our SG position is stacked with names. i mean if JJ leaves then Jchill definitely has enough money. then we have Sergiy Gladyr(second round pick last year) whose potential is unmeasurable because he is only 20.

i think an outside the box answer to the hawks problems would be to draft a really big SF to play PF off the bench and let poorly to not used joe smith leave to a team that really needs his services. i say it because i thought the hawks were just too shy deploying Joe smith particularly because of his experience in the playoffs and finding minutes to an thankfully injury free team

Drafting a C would make marvin an expensive back up and Zaza an expensive reserve now or in the future. its only my opinion but i just thought the the bench vanished at times and only needs to be tweaked. id rather develop a bench player than throw a C into the fire and hope he does well like we did with horford.


June 22nd, 2010
3:54 am

I want Jerome Jordan!!!


June 22nd, 2010
5:02 am

Paul George is my 1st chioce in that group but we all know he will be gone before we pick. Dominique Jones played at South Florida. Dominique is the guy we need to take in this year’s draft. This kid’s basketball IQ level is off the charts. He is by far the smartest basketball player in that group.

Please do not take Alabi. You people need to stop it Alabi is tall and that’s it. Take Omar Samhan(center). Alabi will foul out everytime trying to guard Omar. Omar is a high IQ basketball player, that’s something we do not have on the current roster except Al Horford. Jamal Crawford and JJ are intermediate but the rest of them are low IQ basketball players. This team need smart basketball players.

1st pick-Dominique Jones(CG)
2nd pick-Omar Samhan(C)

Dominique Jones(20) http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EuTuUszNH-c
Dominique Jones(20) http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JJKYBahDQe0
The 1st links shows how unselfish Dominique plays the game and how he maintain his composer in their comeback win.

Omar Samhan(50) http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TAd5RhA60Ic
Omar Samhan(50) http//www.usatoday.com/sports/scores106/106351/NCAAB707780.htm
The 2nd link shows what Omar Samhan did to 7′4 Hasheem Thabeet his freshman year.

Barnacle Bill Bavasi

June 22nd, 2010
5:59 am

Two J. Crawfords playing the same position. Sounds like something the Hawks should do. But, then again, Jerome is a Jordan. Hmm, so many choices.


June 22nd, 2010
6:24 am

As an undrafted FA, since no one has him in many (or any) mocks, I would like to see St. Mary C Omar Samhan. He showed some nice moves in recent NCAA tourney, and is probably on that developmental track.
dang………..we have a lot of developmental Gs between Teague, Cynk and Gladyr. Do we just keep drafting them?


June 22nd, 2010
6:48 am

truthspitter, please don’t.


June 22nd, 2010
7:20 am

E43, that doesn’t make any sense @ all, draft a really big SF so he can play PF? huh how about just drafting one or the other??. It will be Alabi if he falls because Sund for some odd reason loves drafting project big guys, if not him Either Dominique Jones or Jordan Crawford


June 22nd, 2010
7:46 am

Don’t be surprised if the Hawks trade DOWN. After all, that would mean they could pay the new guy even LESS than they have to at the current pick. I mean…it IS ASG.

Old Fan

June 22nd, 2010
8:05 am

Devin Ebanks–6′9″, 215, WVU, All Big East. Strong rebounder and dribbler and can attack the boards. If the Hawks don’t get him, Orlando will.


June 22nd, 2010
8:07 am

They will draft the cheapest player available

william cranman

June 22nd, 2010
8:08 am

Jeff, didn’t Dominique Jones go to South Florida?


June 22nd, 2010
8:10 am

First of all there is no big deal in LBJ getting dunked on. He stated coming out of high school that almost everyone on his team dunked on each other constantly. In the NBA he is one of a very select few who will honestly contest a breakaway dunk or layup attempt, as opposed to the lame wrap him up and concede the two free throws. The powers to be at Nike were the ones who made it a larger story than it needed to become, that being said I think the Hawks should attempt to go large with the best center prospect on the board. Rather they sign Joe Johnson or not, this team needs some size that can help out in the paint.


June 22nd, 2010
8:12 am

At a meeting of great minds over a cup of coffe this morning the majority of my sources believe that Bryson Mckenzie of the vancouver volcanoes will be the pick for the hawks. the ASG currently have their team of lawyers figuring out how to convert canadien money to the dollar so they know what they have to pay the big man. They are hoping it comes out to minimum wage or a little less if there are tips involved !


June 22nd, 2010
8:32 am

Artsiom Parakhouski – Radford Center. 7 footer, 260 pounds.

23 and 14 vs. Duke; 21 and 13 vs. Kansas? Good enough for me. He’s projected as a late 1st round pick. Make it happen.


June 22nd, 2010
8:39 am

Sund/Knight and the Hawks’ scouting department have had about as much success identifying and obtaining amateur talent as Stevie Wonder has had in passing the road exam phase of the Georgia driving license examination. Expect more of the same on Thursday night.


June 22nd, 2010
8:43 am

Thx Jeff for an interesting and timely article. Glad someone at ajc is in synch with the times.


June 22nd, 2010
8:48 am

Nothing to do but rehash draft prospects eh? I guess there’s little else to write about. Call me a pessimist, but it’s just not that exciting with the 24th and 53rd pick. Come on July 1st. Maybe I should start watching WNBA.

But I’m glad Sergiy Gladyr’s playing in summer league. It’s ok to hear the journalists’ perspectives, but I think many of us would love to actually see what the guy can do.

If I got my dates right, I think I’ll actually be in Vegas during some of the Hawks summer league games. I’ll definitely be in attendance (if I hadn’t gambled all my duckets away by tip-off).


June 22nd, 2010
8:49 am

as long as it’s not Shelden Williams or Marvin Williams maybe it will be ok.


June 22nd, 2010
8:57 am

Guys, we’ve got 2 J. Smiths, 2 Joes (if Johnson returns), 2 Joshes (if Childress returns). Do we really need two J. Crawfords as well? Bob Rathbun must be pulling his hair out.


June 22nd, 2010
8:59 am

The fans need to band together and buy the hawks , Jeff why don’t you spearhead a movement to make the hawks a publicly traded company.can you wright the initial check for the purchase of the team in time to make the draft pick tonight ?

#1 GT fan

June 22nd, 2010
9:08 am


I truly believe that if we get a good “C” in the draft, and LeBron sees how talented the Hawks are, then we have a chance.

**** and maybe LeBron never talks about going to the ATL,because he does not what his “new team” to have to be in the spotlight, so they can focus on drafting another good player to play with him. idk if its true, but you never know!

This would be starting 5 for me:

PG: Jeff Teague (backups: Mike Bibby and Jamal Crawford
SG: LeBron James (backups: Jamal Crawford, MO Evans)
SF: Josh Smith (backups: Marvin Williams, Mo Evans)
PF: Al Horford (Jason Collins)
C: Jerome Jordan (ZaZa Pachulia)

Sounds good to me………….



June 22nd, 2010
9:09 am

He’s Joe Crawford’s brother, not Jamal.


June 22nd, 2010
9:16 am

Let’s get a 6′ 6″ to 6′ 9″ long guy that runs the floor, but doesn’t rebound, get back in transition or play defense when he does get back, has no outside shot and likes to dribble in traffic. As a bonus, if he is totally lost in a half court offense, he’s our man. Is it possible to draft the entire French soccer team with one pick? Seriously, pick anyone who reminds you of one of the Celtic or Laker players who played in the finals (yes, even Walton, if it comes to that) and go from there.

Ted M

June 22nd, 2010
9:26 am

Why are LeBron and Crawford both wearing black shirts in that video? It looks as if he’s dunking on a teammate.


June 22nd, 2010
9:28 am

Yes Dominique Jones is a South Florida product not Texas.

Solomon Alabi clears up a defensive need and this team needs D. Instant rotation guy and shoot FT very well. I’ve heard the knock that he averaged 6 rebounds last season. That was in 25 minutes per night because the ‘Noles had Xavier Gibson (7 footer) and Ryan Reid (6′9) who Coach Ham rotated.


June 22nd, 2010
9:28 am

any kind of 7 footer would be good with me, even if he cant come in and dominate his first year and we have to work with him that would be fine. The real basketball fan knows you cant win a championship without a big man. Just look at recent memory. 2009 and 2010-Lakers(Pau Gasol) 2008-Celtics (Kevin Garnett) 2007 and 2005- San Antonio Spurs (Tim Duncan) 2006- Miami Heat (Shaquille O’Neal, also the three peat with the Lakers). So you get my drift, Atlanta will never sniff a championship without a big man. Al is great, he is the man, but he is just to small compared to those guys.

Hawk n the Ham

June 22nd, 2010
9:46 am

Jordan sounds good to me. But then again, Crawford might make for a good combo with Teague down the road. Where we have had zero speed in the backcourt, that could all change.

Whatever, this management group will skew up somehow.


June 22nd, 2010
10:16 am

Does anyone knows the roster for the Hawks summer league team this year?

Whitney Houston

June 22nd, 2010
10:16 am



June 22nd, 2010
10:22 am

this team has improved every year for the last few years ? why is it so hard for fans to trust that management knows what it is doing. maybe they know something we don’t maybe drew is the next great coach. I am sure the player drafted tonight will be an immediate help and if JJ is surely gone like a freight train then so be it . these owners have gotten it right for the last few years give them a chance. we haven’t been this close to elite status since fratello, wilkins, rivers,willis,koncack LOL ok that last name was just for a little humor
but really give them a chance

Jon Koncak

June 22nd, 2010
10:26 am

They should draft a big man…that can rebound and shoot out on the perimeter and dominate in the paint…like me


June 22nd, 2010
10:28 am

So what do you do with the center you draft with pick 24, he’s not going to start and probably isn’t an upgrade over Za Za?


June 22nd, 2010
10:30 am

I want the best shot blocker & rebounder….We have enough offense. I want Kevin Seraphin..6′1, 7′3 wingspan and 260lbs. If he went to US college, he would be a lottery pick.


June 22nd, 2010
10:32 am

Correction…6′10″, 7′3″wingspan and 260Lbs


June 22nd, 2010
10:33 am

No matter if we pick a center they will not start next year over Al! We need to go after Tyson Chandler!


June 22nd, 2010
10:50 am

LEA- i said draft a really big SF to play PF because truth be told he would want time. and we just don’t have minutes for him as a starting SF (our only position in question TODAY) but he would however get enough minutes if he was versatile(he would have a chance of replacing either Marvin, Evans or joe smith).. Josh Smith is a guy i consider a big SF playing PF if thats whats confusing you.

It had to be one player because of the hawks knack to experiment with the 2nd round pick. we could get both but chances are he wont play a single game.

my scenario is only based on JJ staying and chills filling a roster spot should JJ leave. i have no problem with drafting a SG like jordan Crawford but only if JJ leaves.


June 22nd, 2010
10:55 am

Lance Stephenson or Jordan Crawford would both be great fits here in Atlanta.


June 22nd, 2010
11:01 am

If Darington Hobson falls to us @ #24, it would be the steal of the draft! He is a 6′7″ SF from New Mexico that has a great game. He could push Marvin hard or possibly allow the Hawks to trade Marvin down the road.


June 22nd, 2010
11:08 am

Jeff, can you e-mail me? I wanted to follow up with you on the Vote for Prado shirts. Raised $20 so far, wanted to donate to your preferred charity.


allan in texas

June 22nd, 2010
11:17 am

Jeff, Do the Hawks have a good relationship with Joe Johnson? What I am asking is would he agree to a sign and trade? The rumors are that he wants to go to the Knicks or the Bulls and being a fan I would like to see them get something as opposed to getting nothing if he just walks away. Thanks.


June 22nd, 2010
11:19 am

What’s the big deal? Everybody gets power slammed on at one time or another even LeBron James…

“Walked into Philips Arena for Hawks draft workout at same time as a Dream player. This might be as close as I ever get to a game.” I guess Ken Suguira better get ready to cover the Dream in the WNBA Finals then?

BTW, thanks for the note…