More than four weeks have passed since the last glance at a mock draft in this space but, on Wednesday, ESPN’s duo of Jonathan Givony and Mike Schmitz released an update. While ESPN’s reporting isn’t gospel on the 2020 NBA Draft, Givony and Schmitz certainly have influence as representatives of mainstream draft sentiment and, with only one week until the Atlanta Hawks are on the clock at No. 6, ESPN projects Travis Schlenk and company to select Auburn wing Isaac Okoro with the team’s lottery pick.
Okoro is the type of wing stopper who can go a long way in masking Trae Young’s deficiencies on the defensive end, with his ability to guard point guards and power forwards alike. He has significant upside to grow into as well thanks to his budding passing and ballhandling ability while bringing the type of competitiveness and physicality the Hawks lacked at times last season. There’s also buzz about the Hawks potentially trading down to the teens while adding another young yet more proven player to the roster. Read from source….