Luka Doncic

Final mock draft roundup: Luka Doncic is popular choice for Hawks

The NBA draft is tonight. The Hawks own four picks: Nos. 3, 19, 30 and 34. The Hawks are involved in trade discussions with several teams so there’s a chance they won’t end up using all those picks. Here are the expert predictions for which players the Hawks will select if they stay put. 

Michael Cunningham, AJC 

No. 3: Jaren Jackson Jr., PF/C, Michigan State 

“The youngest top prospect has 3-and-D potential.” 

No. 19. Jacob Evans, SG/SF, Cincinnati 

“The Hawks would have liked Aaron Holiday here. They settle for a great defensive prospect on the wing with play-making ability.”

No. 30: De’Anthony Melton, PG/SG, USC 

“Melton is a good defender, rebounder, slasher, and play-maker. He’s not a good shooter but the Hawks will work with him on that.”

Jeremy Woo, Sports Illustrated 

No. 3 Luka Doncic, SG/SF, Real Madrid 

“Doncic would be able to start for the Hawks immediately, and gives them another lead ball-handling option as Atlanta has soured on Dennis Schröder.”

No. 19: Zhaire Smith, SG, Texas Tech

“He could become a high-flying two-way contributor, or he could flame out quickly if his guard skills don’t develop.” 

No. 30: Melvin Frazier, SG/SF, Tulane 

“Frazier has big-time tools, a workable jumper and a nearly 7'2" wingspan—making him clearly appealing despite the fact that he’s raw for an upperclassman.” 

Matt Norlander, CBS Sports 

No. 3: Luka Doncic 

“Doncic is considered by many scouts to be the most pro-ready prospect in this class, due in good part to the fact he was outstanding for two-plus years playing in Europe.” 

No. 19: Chandler Hutchinson, SF, Boise State 

“Well-rounded wing who has among the best handles for any player 6-7 or taller in this draft.” 

No. 30: Jacob Evans 


“His ceiling is that of a spot role player, but Evans' defensive adeptness and his improved 3-point stroke are what make him first round-worthy.”

Jordan Schultz, Yahoo Sports 

No. 3: Luka Doncic 


“I’ve loved Doncic for the Hawks for a while. Why? Because he’s a versatile playmaker who thinks the game at an elite level. Doncic has all of the tools to morph into the cornerstone of a rebuilding Hawks franchise.”

No. 19: Khyri Thomas, SG, Creighton 

“Thomas is another riser because he can shoot (41.1 percent on threes), defend multiple positions with his near 6-11 wingspan and has the physical attributes to become a viable NBA scorer off the bounce.”

No. 30: Melvin Frazier 

“The 21-year-old wing needs to become a more consistent shooter and decision-maker, but he is the prototypical modern wing in that he guards three positions, excels in the open floor and ideally can spread the floor for guards.” 

Chris Stone, Sporting News 

No. 3: Luka Doncic, Real Madrid 

“The 19-year-old Slovenian has the most accomplished resume of any prospect in the draft. He’s a high-floor player with tremendous upside should he improve athletically.” 

No. 19: Robert Williams, PF/C, Texas A&M 

“In college, he wasn’t in position to spend much time rolling to the rim, but he’s bouncy off the floor and capable of finishing lobs at the basket. Defensively, his 7-4 wingspan makes him one of the better rim protectors in the class.”

No. 30: Melvin Frazier 

“Frazier has the potential to be one of the most versatile defenders in the draft thanks to his lengthy wingspan. He would give Atlanta another young 3-and-D player on the roster.” 

Jonathan Givony, ESPN 

No. 3: Luka Doncic 

No. 19: Zhaire Smith 

No. 30: Jalen Brunson, PG, Villanova 

nbadraft.net 

No. 3: Luka Doncic 

No. 19: Grayson Allen, SG, Duke 

No. 30: Moritz Wagner, PF/C, Michigan 

SB Nation 

No. 3: Marvin Bagley III, PF/C, Duke 

No. 19: Kevin Huerter, SF, Maryland 

No. 30: Grayson Allen

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Michael Cunningham
Michael Cunningham
Michael Cunningham has covered the Hawks and other beats for the AJC since 2010. 
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