Going to the Hawks on 4 mock drafts
Mohamed Bamba - C - Texas
The Hawks have a good young core. With Dennis Schroeder, Taurean Waller-Prince, and John Collins, the Hawks have 3 players under the age of 24 who can play with anyone. They do have some maturing to do, to grow together & make this team gel. The return of Kent Bazemore from injury should really move them in the right direction. However,. they need a presence in the paint both offensively, but more important defensively before this team can really start to take the next set of steps in becoming a team.
The Hawks very early on were linked to Bomba,. and he to them. I don't think that was wishful thinking,. and the testing at the combine is only going to confirm, that he is a once every few years athlete at the center position.
Mo Bamba wants to be a unicorn,... with the work ethic he's shown to this point,.. there is a very good chance, he will be. He is exactly the athletic, running, rebounding 5 this team needs to start taking steps towards the playoffs. He is a 7'0", 230 pounder with a 7'9" reach. He can alter opponents thoughts! let alone their shots. He just set the record for the largest wingspan at the NBA combine,... ever!... 7'10"
In the NBA, we have started to see a resurgence of 'good teams' beating 'good players'. The Hawks have the foundations in place to become a very, very good team. They will need to work on their efficiency, and their team defence, but Bamba can give them the inside / outside balance, they so desperately need to become that good team.
I've read the articles about Schroeder saying, he could be happy on other teams,.. I don't think it will really come to anything. The Hawks are moving in the right direction,.. and there core is really young. The biggest key,.. for the Hawks,.. Schroeder is one of the key pieces,.. they formulate their game plans around his strengths & weaknesses,.. on another team,. that likely wouldn't be the case,... So, I'm betting this all positioning, and that he is with the Hawks next year.
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