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NBA Draft 2018: Hawks GM says he didn’t trade up from No. 19 because of leaked draft picks


The Hawks had a potential trade in place to move up in the 2018 NBA Draft. But that was before Atlanta general manager Travis Schlenk discovered through the media who other teams were planning to pick.

Schlenk said in an interview Friday he was hoping to acquire the 17th pick from the Bucks to select Maryland guard Kevin Huerter.

Schlenk, however, said he saw various reports indicating Huerter would be available at No. 19, where the Hawks were set to make their second first-round pick of the draft. So he elected to nix the trade with Milwaukee.

The Hawks selected Real Madrid’s Luka Doncic with the No. 3 pick. They traded the European star to the Mavericks for Oklahoma guard Trae Young, who was picked fifth overall, and a future first-rounder.

This is a positive pickup for Minnesota. Bates-Diop has an opportunity to help modernize the Timberwolves frontcourt by providing length and shooting at the power forward position. His lengthy wingspan allows him to shoot over the top of opponents. His defensive acumen remains a concern. Nice value here.

Metu is an athletic big who can theoretically block a few shots and space the floor out into the midrange. His ability to function as a lob threat is likely his best single skill. Despite being a junior, Metu still needs significant development.

Johnson was an impressively productive player at Missouri State where he averaged 19.3 points and 14.9 rebounds per 40 minutes. Johnson was also an active 3-point shooter. His ability to consistently connect on those shots could help him stick in the NBA. He was the No. 59 ranked prospect in our top 60.

New Orleans is betting on Carr’s volume scoring here. The 6-5 guard is comfortable creating his own offense off the bounce, but he doesn’t always do so efficiently. He finished with a 52.7 true shooting percentage.

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