Ranking Every Team's First Round Draft Pick of the 2010s (Pt.1 Atlanta Hawks)

Updated: Jun 23, 2020

This is the first segment of my 30 part series, "Ranking Every Team's First Round Draft Pick of the 2010s) There will be a few exceptions to my articles so I will go over the ground rules. In the Atlanta Hawks case, they drafted Luka Doncic, but traded him on draft night for current Hawk, Trae Young. Since this trade occurred on draft night, and two rookies were involved, I will be talking about Trae Young instead of Luka, and for the Mavericks it will be about Luka. If Luka was traded for a veteran player, I simply would just say Luka Doncic (Rights traded to ___) Also, after every player I will have a letter grade, and at the end of my 30 part series I will go over which team I believe drafted the worst, and the best. If no player was drafted, or their only first round draft pick was traded for a veteran I will just type N/A which stands for not applicable.

2010: Damion Jones (#24) (Rights traded to the New Jersey Nets)

2011: N/A

2012: John Jenkins (#23)

Jenkins is what you would have expected being drafted 23rd. He never became anything with is career, and was an average role player at best. He was a solid shooter, and on his career shot 44.1% from the field, 36.7% from three, and 84.7% from the charity stripe. He played for the Hawks for three years, and then got traded to Dallas, and then to Phoenix later that season. He played his final year of his career (unless he get's signed as an unrestricted FA) last year with the Knicks.

Grade: C-

Career averages: 5 points, 1.5 rebounds, 0.8 assists

2013: Dennis Schröder (#16) and Shane Larkin (#17) (Rights traded to the Dallas Mavericks)

Dennis Schröder: Schröder, coming out of Germany was a very low-risk, high-reward pick for the Hawks, and let's just say it worked out for them. Well, kinda. Schröder, as a major part of the Hawks gameplay never experienced much success besides a 2017 first-round exit against the Wizards. That season he averaged roughly 17 points, six rebounds and four assists. The next year Dennis really broke out, averaging nearly 20 points but it resulted in very little team success. He was then traded to the Thunder, where he might be a piece in their future. Schröder's low maintenance play style, along with SGA's could result in deep playoff runs for the Thunder some time soon.

Grade: B+

Career averages: 14.1 points, 2.8 rebounds, 3.1 assists

2014: Adreian Payne (#15)

Payne, coming out of Michigan State seemed like a steal in the 2014 draft after averaging 16 points and 8 rebounds his senior year. Unfortunately for Payne, none of his success transferred over to the NBA. The Hawks somehow realized this after only three games. After those three, they shipped him off Minnesota. For the T-Wolves, he started 22 games and averaged seven points and five rebounds. After that though, his scoring sunk all the way down to 2.5 points a game, and didn't last in the league after 2018.

Grade: D-

Career averages: 4.0 points, 2.9 rebounds, 0.6 assists

2015: Kelly Oubre Jr. (#15) (Draft Rights traded to the Washington Wizards)

2016: DeAndre' Bembry (#21)

Grade: C

Im giving DeAndre' Bembry a C because he is what you would expect for a player picked in the late first round. Stats wise, I would give Bembry a lower grade, however, he still plays for the Hawks, and showed a little promise last year after posting career highs in points, rebounds, steals, and assists. He even started 15 games. This season, his averages dipped a little, but that would be expected since he had a smaller role this season. Overall, Bembry has his moments, and could potentially be that guy in a few years when the Hawks are title contenders to be the guy who made that one play, or played really well during a series.

Career averages: 6.2 points, 3.4 rebounds, 1.9 assists

2017: John Collins (#19)

Grade: A

Collins at the end of the day, might become the second biggest steal of the draft behind 2x All-Star Donovan Mitchell. After being picked 19th by the Hawks, he has made a splash playing for Atlanta. As a rookie, he averaged ten and seven on nearly 60% shooting. His sophomore season, he made a very good case for being the MIP after his scoring jumped from 10 points, to 19, and his rebounds from seven to nine. This season, Collins proved to everyone that he is an All-Star caliber player after putting up 21.6 points, 10.1 rebounds and 1.5 assists. He also showed off his smooth three-point jumper, hitting 40% of his shots from deep. Collins can be a vital piece for the Hawks in a few years when they contend for a chip. Im sure all Hawks fans are happy about How Collins has turned out.

Career averages: 16.2 points, 8.8 rebounds, 1.5 assists

2018: Luka Dončić (#3) (Rights traded to the Dallas Mavericks in exchange for the draft rights of Trae Young)

Grade: A+

This trade between the Hawks and the Mavericks is the prime example of a win-win trade. Trae Young has worked out really well for the Hawks and same with Luka for the Mav's. It seems like Luka will be the better player overall, but there is still no loser of the trade because it seems like they are both capable of leading their team. Young, coming out of Oklahoma had a lot of doubts about him, but he has proved all of his haters wrong with his stellar offensive gameplay. However, Trae Young is probably the worst defensive player in the entire league. The Hawks already have two great defenders in John Collins, and Clint Capela in the paint, but they lack perimeter defense. This season Ice Trae nearly averaged 30 points, and made his first All-Star team.

Career averages: 23.6 points, 3.9 rebounds, 8.6 rebounds

2019: Jaxson Hayes (#8) (Rights traded to the New Orleans Pelicans in exchange for the draft rights of Jordan Bone and De'Andre Hunter) and Cam Reddish (#10)

Grades: B+ and B

De'Andre Hunter receives a B+ from me because he had a good rookie season and shows a lot of promise, including multiple 20+ point scoring performances this season. As a wing, Hunter rebounds well, and shows signs of becoming a better playmaker. For a rookie, he is an efficient shooter, but if he wants to make it in the NBA he will have to improve his efficiency. He showed a lot of promise at Virginia, and continues to show a lot of promise for the Hawks.

Career averages: 12.3 points, 4.5 rebounds and 1.8 assists

Cam Reddish gets a solid B from me, he seems to be heading in the right direction but their isn't that same amount of reliability, or certainty like there is from De'Andre Hunter. Don't get me wrong though, Reddish can make a splash in the NBA, and might make an All-Star game, its just hard to say right now. The reason for this is that at one point at Duke, he seemed to be regressing at one point. He got it back together though, but in the NBA that's a really big no-no for a GM.

Career averages: 10.5 points, 3.7 rebounds, 1.5 assists

Overall grade: B+

I give the Hawks a B because a few of the players they drafted late-round didn't turn out well, but their picks from 2017 and one have set them up for a very bright future.

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