Report: Hawks likely to draft De’Andre Hunter with No. 4 pick in 2019 NBA Draft
The Atlanta Hawks are reportedly pursuing Virginia’s De’Andre Hunter with the No. 4 pick in the 2019 NBA Draft, according to Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN.
The Hawks acquired the fourth pick in the draft from the New Orleans Pelicans.
Atlanta is pursuing Virginia's DeAndre Hunter with the No. 4 pick, league sources tell ESPN. Atlanta GM Travis Schlenk makes a big move in lottery second year in a row to get his man. Last year, it was Trae Young. This time, DeAndre Hunter.
— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) June 20, 2019
This past college season, De’Andre Hunter averaged 15.2 points, 5.1 rebounds and 2.0 assists per game for Virginia, who won the National Championship over Texas Tech. Hunter shot 52.0 percent from the field, 43.8 percent from beyond the arc and 78.3 percent from the free-throw line.
With Hunter in the fold, the Hawks will have a really nice and talented young core of Trae Young, John Collins, Kevin Huerter and Hunter. Head coach Lloyd Pierce will be able to play different types of lineups on a nightly basis.
It looks like the Hawks are trying to shoot for a playoff spot next season. Atlanta won 29 games this past season. They were the 12th seed in the Eastern Conference standings. With Young leading the charge on offense, Atlanta figures to be a high scoring team in 2019-20 with all the shooting and scoring around the youngster. Young showed during his rookie season he’s going to be a special floor general in the league.