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NBA Mock Draft: Atlanta Hawks Select Jaren Jackson Jr From Michigan State

SB Nation’s NBA Network conducted a mock draft with bloggers from each team site making their team’s pick. With the third pick, the Hawks select Jaren Jackson Jr.

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NBA Mock Draft Pick #3 — Jaren Jackson Jr., Forward, Michigan State

SBNation’s Atlanta Hawks blog Peachtree Hoops explains the pick:

Atlanta’s dream scenario didn’t fully materialize, with Luka Doncic flying off the board before the Hawks were able to pounce. However, Jackson Jr. is a fantastic consolation prize and one of the best prospects in this class.

In a perfect world, the Hawks need a No. 1 offensive option but Jackson Jr.’s overall package is just too impressive to ignore. He’s the best defensive prospect, Mo Bamba included, in this class and has the propensity to knock down open shots with upside as an offense creator, both in the post and attacking close-outs.

In a different, non-Michigan State system, it is very possible Jackson Jr. would have emerged as a consensus top-3 player in this class and he brings everything to the table that any organization would want in a modern big man.

  1. Suns DEANDRE AYTON
  2. Kings LUKA DONCIC
  3. Hawks JAREN JACKSON
  4. Grizzlies MARVIN BAGLEY III
  5. Mavs WENDELL CARTER JR.
  6. Magic MO BAMBA
  7. Bulls MICHAEL PORTER JR.
  8. Cavaliers TRAE YOUNG
  9. Knicks MIKAL BRIDGES
  10. Sixers ZHAIRE SMITH
  11. Mavs MILES BRIDGES
  12. Clippers SHAI GILGEOUS-ALEXANDER
  13. Magic ELIE OKOBO
  14. Nuggets KEVIN KNOX
  15. Wizards ROBERT WILLIAMS
  16. Suns COLLIN SEXTON
  17. Bucks LONNIE WALKER
  18. Spurs TROY BROWN
  19. Hawks DE’ANTHONY MELTON
  20. Wolves KEVIN HUERTER
  21. Jazz CHANDLER HUTCHISON
  22. Bulls JOSH OKOGIE
  23. Pacers KEITA BATES-DIOP
  24. Nets GRAYSON ALLEN
  25. Lakers AARON HOLIDAY
  26. Sixers JACOB EVANS
  27. Celtics JEROME ROBINSON
  28. Warriors KHYRI THOMAS
  29. Blazers DONTE DIVINCENZO
  30. Hawks MELVIN FRAZIER