The Atlanta Hawks are up at the podium next, and with the 13th overall pick, they select the G League Ignite’s Dyson Daniels.
This pick, without a shred of doubt, would be my favorite selection of the draft in terms of fit. After boldly stating before the NBA regular season began in my preseason power rankings that it would be “the year of the Hawks,” it should go without saying that they’ve been a big disappointment up to this point, and it comes down to their defense.
Perhaps outside of Clint Capela and some nice flashes from Onyeka Okongwu, the Hawks have been one of the worst defensive teams in the league, with a strong emphasis on their perimeter defense. Dyson Daniels is one of the best perimeter defenders in his draft class, will provide the Hawks with more guard depth when Trae Young is sitting, and is young enough to have convincing two-way upside.
I’m not entirely convinced that Daniels can become a star, but his skill set is highly desired in playoff teams that need high-level connector pieces. If the Hawks are looking to make one last run with the roster shaped as it is, adding Daniels to the team and getting rid of some of the dead weight could be a quick way to return to their 2021 postseason success.