Whether it was to add depth to the point guard position or land a next-to-play option for head coach Mike Budenholzer at the 2, it was a popular pre-draft idea for the Atlanta Hawks to grab a guard in the second round of Thursday night’s NBA draft.
The idea seemed popular as Frank Jackson, Davon Reed, Frank Mason and Juwan Evans all were taken in the 10 picks prior to Atlanta selecting at 41. When the Hawks did pick, they grabbed Oregon point guard Tyler Dorsey.
Dorsey had an incredible NCAA tournament run in terms of scoring in March. He averaged just shy of 27 points per 40 minutes and shot a lights-out 59.7 percent shooting from the floor. The 6-foot-5 shooter added at least 20 points in each of his five tournament games and poured in 27 in wins over both Rhode Island and Kansas.
“Dorsey, obviously, is a great shooter, he can really get going offensively as we saw in the NCAA Tournament,” said new Hawks general manager Travis Schlenk. “The other thing we like about him is that he’s a very good secondary ball handler. He can put the ball on the floor, run the pick-and-roll and create plays for others.”
During his two-year career at Oregon, Dorsey averaged 14.1 points per game and grew into a solid 3-point shooter. He nailed 42.3 percent from long distance last season and played an average of 30 minutes per game.
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With their second pick in the second round, the Hawks chose stretch-4 Alpha Kaba from France. He’s a 6-foot-10 athletic big man who can run and brings a shooting touch to Atlanta.
Kaba played for Mega Leks last year, a Serbian team where he averaged 10.3 points, 8.3 rebounds and 1.3 steals per game. With mass and a generous wingspan, Kaba not only looks the big-man part, he’s athletic and mobile too.