By: Lucas Kochevar
John Collins, PF, Wake Forrest: John Collins was considered by many a very safe pick. He has many strengths such as being a versatile athlete, motor & physicality, scoring instincts, and productivity & age. He will grow these skills as 'Hawks University' will develop him. He can play a key part in the Hawks future as they needed to draft a big men since they traded Dwight Howard and Paul Millsap's possible departure from the team. He is a versatile athlete as he is bouncy, agile runner, and he can slide. He is an impressive leaper in space as his lob threat is 69% at the rim. The video below displays his instincts to catch lobs. He has a poor feel on defense but with his athleticism at 4, he can switch in pick and roll. Switching in the P&R is critical as the Hawks defense relies on the big mans ability to switch. He will be a project player but if he turns out to be a solid starter then you could call him a steal at pick 19.
Tyler Dorsey, SG, Oregon: Tyler Dorsey was the Hawks pick at No. 41 and it was good pick as names, like Jawun Evans and Jordan Bell, went off the board. Tyler Dorsey plays SG but he is slightly undersized if he plays against the physical players like Jimmy Butler or DeMar DeRozan. I think Dorsey will have a role more as a backup PG as well as a SG. Dorsey has strengths as he has great scoring instincts, role player potential, and he makes big game plays. Tyler Dorsey is a great shooter as he was a 41% 3-point shooter in two seasons at Oregon. Almost every game he has a chance at getting hot from 3-point range as he has 10 games with 4 or more 3's made. He is able to be affective when driving as well. He is hunting for his constantly and he is opportunistic in transition. The problem with Dorsey is that he is not much of a playmaker as he averages 2.3 assists per 40 mins (via DraftExpress). Hopefully the Hawks can help get the attitude of finding the best shot, not a good shot. He shows up in big moments as he did many times throughout the NCAA Tournament. This video displays those moments.
Alpha Kaba, C, International: The Hawks had the 60th pick, which was the last in the draft. Alpha Kaba was the selection. I don't have that much to say about him as I have no idea who he is. From what I have read he has good off ball movement, perimeter game, and rebounding ability. He actually has somewhat of a jumper, still a big work in progress. He is athletic and he shows his effort on defensive as seen in the video below. It is unknown whether or not he will play for Atlanta this year or he will wait another year. Either way, he will most likely never become anything more than a role player. We can always hope that he can become an Isaiah Thomas type of miracle.