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Mock Hawks' Draft Board

The Hawks currently have the No. 21 overall selection in the first round of Thursday’s NBA Draft. I thought it would be fun to come up with what I think the Hawks draft board looks like with a break down by position of what players could be available to them upon their selection.

On Wednesday, I will narrow the list down to five players I think the Hawks could take in the first round.

There are a number of players who will clearly be gone by the time they pick. So here are my Top-15 players that will be out of reach, barring a trade, for the Hawks. I would say, if they are able to move up it would be for one of these players.

Top 15 (alphabetical order)

Dragan Bender, Croatia

Jaylen Brown, California

Marquese Chriss, Washington

Deyonta Davis, Michigan St.

Kris Dunn, Providence

Henry Ellenson, Marquette

Buddy Hield, Oklahoma

Brandon Ingram, Duke

Skal Labissiere, Kentucky

Timothe Luwawu, France

Jamal Murray, Kentucky

Domantas Sabonis, Gonzaga

Ben Simmons, LSU

Jakob Poeltl, Utah

Denzel Valentine, Michigan St.

Available to the Hawks

Point guards

Wade Baldwin, Vanderbilt

An early-entry candidate, he was second-team All-SEC as a sophomore. He averaged 14.1 points and 5.2 assists in 33 games last season.

Demetrius Jackson, Notre Dame

He was named second-team All-ACC as a junior. He averaged 16.4 points and 4.6 assists in 37 games last season.

Dejounte Murray, Washington

An early-entry candidate after freshman season, he was second second-team All- Pac 12. He averaged 16.1 points, 6.0 rebounds and 4.1 assists in 34 games last season.

Tyler Ulis, Kentucky

An early-entry candidate after his sophomore season, he was a finalist for John R. Wooden Award, Naismith Trophy and Oscar Robertson Trophy, all awarded to the National Player of the Year. He won the Bob Cousy Award, given to the nation’s top point guard.


Malik Beasley, Florida State

An early-entry candidate after his freshman season, he was named to All-ACC Freshman team. He averaged 15.6 points, 5.3 rebounds and 1.5 assists in 34 games.

Furkan Korkmaz, Turkey

He played three seasons in the Turkish League. He averaged 6.7 points, 2.1 rebounds and 1.0 assists in 20 games last season.

Jake Layman, Maryland

He scored over 1,400 points in four seasons. He averaged 11.6 points, 5.3 rebounds and 1.1 assists in 36 games last season.

Malachi Richardson, Syracuse

An early-entry candidate after his freshman season, he was named to the All-ACC Freshman team. He averaged 13.4 points, 4.3 rebounds and 2.1 assists in 37 games last season.


Cheick Diallo, Kansas

An early-entry candidate after his freshman season. He averaged 3.0 points, 2.5 rebounds and 0.9 points in 27 games last season.

Brice Johnson, North Carolina

He was a first-team All-America after his senior season. He averaged 17.0 points and 10.4 rebounds last season, the fifth Tar Heel in the past 39 years to average a double-double.

Damian Jones, Vanderbilt

An early-entry candidate after his junior season, he was a two-time first-team All-SEC selection. He averaged 13.9 points and 6.9 rebounds last season.

Thon Maker, Australia

An early-entry candidate, he spent the past two seasons at the Athlete Institute Academy in Ontario. He played in the Nike Hoop Summit Game last year.


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Chris Vivlamore has been a reporter and editor at The Atlanta Journal-Constitution since 2003.