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Fansided: 2019 NBA Draft: Warriors Zone Defense in Finals is Good for Matisse Thybulle on Atlanta Hawks
The Atlanta Hawks currently sit with six picks in the 2019 NBA Draft, though it must be noted that Atlanta Hawks General Manager Travis Schlenk made it clear in his media availability last week that it is unlikely that the team will make all of those selections.
Of course, that was widely assumed, but Schlenk put a finer point on it, per reporting from the Atlanta Journal-Constitution's Chris Vivlamore:
I asked Travis Schlenk if he is more likely to trade first- or second-round picks. Said he would like, if possible, to package and trade second rounders.
Atlanta Journal-Constitution: Hawks GM reiterates desire to trade (especially second rounders) in draft
Travis Schlenk has decisions to make - and the deadline for them is almost upon him.
The Hawks general manager has six selections in Thursday's NBA draft - three each in the first and second rounds. Schlenk plans to be active at the draft, especially with the second-rounders (Nos. 35, 41 and 44).
"It's no secret with our three second-round picks we are going to try to package them and move up if we can," Schlenk said on Friday. "That's easy for me to sit here and say. It's harder to accomplish."
The hierarchy for the second-round picks is to trade, then select an player to keep overseas (draft and stash) and then sell.
Atlanta Journal-Constitution: UGA's Claxton has no regrets about leaving school early for NBA
Nicolas Claxton has no regrets about his decision to leave Georgia after two season in pursuit of the NBA.
And that's after the grueling process of the scouting combine followed by criss-crossing the country for individual team workouts. His 12th workout was with the Hawks on Saturday in advance of Thursday's draft.
"It wasn't an easy decision to leave school because of the guys coming in to Georgia," Claxton said. "But at the end of the day, I have to do what's best for me. I feel like keeping my name in the draft was best for me and I feel like I will be reaping the rewards very soon.
Atlanta Journal-Constitution: Duke's Cam Reddish visits Hawks ahead of draft
Cam Reddish visited the Hawks on Friday ahead of next week's NBA draft. The guard from Duke is unable to work out after undergoing a minor procedure for a core muscle injury.
The Hawks hold six selections in Thursday's draft, including three in the first round at Nos. 8, 10 and 17. Reddish could be available to the Hawks with either of their first two selections.
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Atlanta Journal-Constitution: UGA's Claxton to work out for Hawks
Georgia's Nicolas Claxton will be among the players who visit the Hawks in their final workout Saturday before next week's NBA draft.
Claxton averaged 13.0 points, 8.6 rebounds, 2.5 blocks, 1.8 assists and 1.1 steals in 31.6 minutes last season as a sophomore for the Bulldogs. The center was named All-SEC Second Team after starting 32 games.
The Hawks have six selection in Thursday's draft, three each in the first and second rounds.
The other participants in the final pre-draft workout/visit are:
F Sekou Doumbouya (Limoges)
F Aric Holman (Mississippi State)
F Mfiondu Kabengele (Florida State)
G Romeo Langford (Indiana)*
F Naz Reid (LSU)
F Luka Samanic (Olimpija)
*Will not work out
Peachtree Hoops: Hawks poised to be active again on draft night
With the Atlanta Hawks bevy of picks in the 2019 NBA Draft recently growing even larger (three of the top-17 picks, six of the top 44), speculation is mounting that the club will be on the move again this year come draft night. On Friday morning, general manager Travis Schlenk all but confirmed that moves would be made over the next six days.
"It's no secret with our three second-round picks we're going to try to package them and move up if we can," Schlenk said. "What we don't want to do, or what we'll try to avoid is selling them.
Peachtree Hoops: ATL and 29: Travis Schlenk addresses the media
Happy Friday, folks. The NBA Draft is rapidly approaching and, with less than one week remaining, Atlanta Hawks GM Travis Schlenk addressed the media.
Kevin Chouinard of Hawks.com was on the scene and today's ATL and 29 podcast includes the following:Raw audio from Schlenk as he fielded questions from the local folks in Atlanta
Audio from highly touted prospect Goga Bitadze from earlier in the week
Much, much more
'ATL and 29: A Peachtree Hoops Podcast' is hosted on Megaphone and you can subscribe via a number of platforms.
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Peachtree Hoops: 2019 NBA Draft roundtable: Which players should the Atlanta Hawks avoid in the first round?
The 2019 NBA Draft is rapidly approaching and the Peachtree Hoops crew gathered in roundtable fashion to answer some interesting questions before June 20 arrives.
In the third installment, we look at some players that the Atlanta Hawks should avoid, at least in their widely projected draft slots.
Note: More information on specific prospects can be found in our pre-draft scouting reports.
Brad Rowland: It's tricky to flatly cross players off the board, particularly with the Hawks having six picks.
Fansided: 2019 NBA Draft: Did Atlanta Hawks Promise Nicolas Claxton at #17?
The Atlanta Hawks hold a lofty six first round picks in the 2019 NBA Draft, and the team has nearly limitless options with what do with those selection when the draft occurs in a week's time.
One player that has been on this writer's radar for a good while now is University of Georgia big man Nicolas Claxton. Claxton was one of the few bright spots that the Bulldogs had in a rather last season, and he was something of a dark horse early second round pick... until teams actually found out how personable and talented he was in various pre-draft workouts and the 2019 NBA Draft Combine.
Fansided: 2019 NBA Draft: Pros and Cons of Atlanta Hawks Drafting Rui Hachimura
One of the few upperclassmen on the 2019 NBA Draft first round projection board, Rui Hachimura is coming off a great season at Gonzaga. Should the Atlanta Hawks be interested?
After primarily coming off the bench his first two collegiate seasons, the forward started 37 games in '18-'19, averaging nearly 20 points per game.
He won the Western Conference Player of the Year and was named a consensus All-American, shooting up 2019 NBA Draft boards in the process.
It's not often a power forward is as score-first as Rui is, and that, combined with his athletic, yet controlled game, has put him in line for the high lottery through low 20's on June 20th Draft, including some buzz that he got a commitment from a team in the lottery.
Fansided: 2019 NBA Draft: 4 Reasons Atlanta Hawks Should Draft Bruno Fernando
This Summer before the 2019 NBA Draft, we will likely see multiple prospects slide down mock drafts across the board, seemingly for no reason -- where the Atlanta Hawks might be able to nab a high-upside player at a relatively low position on the board.
This year it seems to be Maryland big man Bruno Fernando, who began the year in the mid teens to early 2nd round before having a great year for the Terrapins.
He made the All-Big Ten defensive and overall team while averaging 13 and 10 as a sophomore, a good improvement over his so-so freshman campaign (in which he played alongside beloved Hawks swingman Kevin Huerter -- aka Red Pepper).
Fansided: Atlanta Hawks Head Coach Lloyd Pierce Talks Kevin Durant Injury
In a far-reaching interview with Chris Kirschner of The Athletic, Atlanta Hawks head coach Lloyd Pierce delved into a myriad of topics ahead of what will likely be an incredibly important offseason for himself and the team.
With six picks (currently) in the 2019 NBA Draft as well as plenty of cap space to employ this offseason, the Hawks will likely be big players this offseason, which means that Lloyd Pierce will have a glut of new players to incorporate into his plans in the 2019-20 season.
Pierce explained to Kirschner that next season will be all about "progression" for the team, and that such progression will be defined by exactly the type of players that are added to the team in the draft and free agency.