Published: Fri, June 23, 2017
Sports | By Nelson Rowe

Hawks look to future on draft night, address trade of Howard

Hawks look to future on draft night, address trade of Howard

The team has selected a power forward in Wake Forest star John Collins. He averaged just less than 10 rebounds per game and nearly two blocks per game.

Congratulations to Collins who becomes the 14th Wake Forest player taken in the first round, notably joining Muggsy Bogues, Rodney Rogers, Tim Duncan, Chris Paul, Jeff Teague and Al-Farouq Aminu as the next exceptional Demon Deacons to achieve such an accomplishment.

Between this draft pick and the Dwight Howard trade, it seems like the Hawks are committed to getting younger and rebuilding both their roster and their culture in hopes of competing sometime in the future. After averaging 7.3 points and 3.9 rebounds per game as a freshman, he exploded his sophomore year with 19.2 points and 9.8 rebounds per game.

But Schlenk said the Hawks were thrilled to land a player they had ranked among the top 15 prospects.

The Hawks also had the 60th and final pick in the draft, selecting worldwide player Alpha Kaba, a 6-10, 226-pound forward/center from France.

Howard spent only one season with his hometown team, failing to adapt to coach Mike Budenholzer's free-flowing offense and making clear he's no longer one of the league's most dominant players. "Dwight's name came up in some of those conversations and over the course of the weeks Charlotte expressed a lot of interest".

Days before the draft, Charlotte and Atlanta worked out a surprise trade for former All-Star Dwight Howard, seemingly from out of nowhere. "We obviously went with what we thought the best package there".

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