Recap of the Hawks' picks in the 2012 NBA Draft
With the 23rd overall pick in the 2012 NBA Draft, the Atlanta Hawks selected John Jenkins out of Vanderbilt University. Â The 6'4" shooting guard averaged 19.9 points per game in his junior and final season with the Vanderbilt Commodores, while shooting 43.9% from beyond the arc (best in the NCAA). Â I think this was a great pick by the Hawks. Â I think during his rookie season, Jenkins will play a sixth man role for the Hawks, especially if Tracy McGrady opts not to re-sign with the team. Â As a high-volume scorer, Jenkins could be the same kind of player in the second unit that the Hawks had in Jamal Crawford. Â I also think that Jenkins will benefit from playing behind Joe Johnson. Â Johnson is a veteran sharpshooter, but he has learned to score in other ways, like driving to the hole. Â I think playing behind Johnson will help Jenkins become a more versatile player.
With the 43rd pick in the 2012 NBA Draft, the Hawks selected Mike Scott out of the University of Virginia. Â The 6'8" power forward averaged 18 points per game and 8.3 rebounds per game as a senior with the Virginia Commodores. Â I think that Scott could be an effective inside presence off the bench for the Hawks.
Overall, I was very pleased with the selections that the Hawks made. Â I wish both Jenkins and Scott luck with the Hawks.