With two picks in the top 10, the Atlanta Hawks can make a big splash in this draft. Originally, the Hawks took Duke’s Cam Reddish with this pick, but this time around, some things would change.
Leaving the board at pick no. 21, Brandon Clarke was a guy who fell further than almost everyone expected in the actual draft. At 6-foot-8, he’s an undersized big man, which always looks bad on paper, but Clarke plays much bigger than his actual size. He jumps out of the gym, has fantastic instincts, rebounds the ball well and is plenty strong. His height isn’t as big of a problem as it would be for some guys.
To no surprise, Clarke had a really solid rookie season for the Grizzlies. He averaged 12 points per game on superb .623/.404/.785 shooting splits to go along with 5.8 rebounds and 0.8 blocks. He put up those numbers in a limited role, playing just under 22 minutes per game.
The Hawks are in a nice position with John Collins. He’s one of the most promising young bigs in the league, but Clarke provides them with nice depth at that position going forward. If Collins is ever hurt (or suspended again), Clarke can step in as a starter. When Collins is playing, Clarke can be an above-average reserve.
Original pick: 21