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NBA Mock Draft: Atlanta Hawks Select De’Anthony Melton

SB Nation’s NBA Network conducted a mock draft with bloggers from each team site making their team’s pick. With the 19th pick, the Hawks take De’Anthony Melton.

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NBA Mock Draft Pick #19 — De’Anthony Melton, Guard, USC

SB Nation’s Atlanta Hawks blog Peachtree Hoops explains the pick:

With a new, defense-first coaching staff led by Lloyd Pierce, the Hawks add another player that fits the bill perfectly. At No. 3, Jaren Jackson Jr. is the modern day picture of what a big man prospect can do on both ends and, while Melton isn’t quite as off-the-charts, he has a lot of intriguing qualities. Defensively, he is a versatile and talented player, with the length and strength to defend wings and the quickness to defend point guards at a high level. Offensively, Melton must improve his jump shot to reach his considerable ceiling, but he is comfortable with the ball in his hands as a combo guard and has the feel of a player that can make others better. With the uncertainty surrounding Dennis Schröder, it doesn’t hurt to have another capable ball-handler and creator and Melton brings that, with a ton of defensive and overall potential to justify this draft position.

  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 IV
  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