A Bigger Number of Concentration

Sunday, June 19, 2011
By Jon Newberry

With the draft less than a week away, Hawks GM Rick Sund and Assistant GM Dave Pendergraft met with the media on Friday to talk about their strategy as June 23 approaches. With no first round pick, and 47 prior selections that will effect the pool of available players, Atlanta had to take a slightly different strategy this summer.

“When you’re picking 48 your number of concentration gets a lot bigger,” said Sund. “Which is why we’re not giving names. What we’ve done is we’ve focused on three venues. We focused on New Jersey, we focused on Minnesota, and people that didn’t participate in that, then we were bringing them in here.”

Pendergraft offered a little more detail about the players that the Hawks scouts have looked at with workouts and interviews. “At the end of the day it will be between 20 and 25 (players)… closer to 20. We’ve probably brought in three centers. We’ve brought in every position, there’ve probably been more swing players than bigs simply because of supply and demand. Most of the guys that we’ve brought in to this point have been four-year seniors. Obviously most underclassmen are not going to keep his name in the hat if he is going to slip to the second round.”

It is safe to say that the percentages of finding a rotational player drop as you move later in the draft, but both Sund and Pendergraft appeared confident that the Hawks could acquire a solid contributor on Thursday.

Coming Monday: Looking for a Keeper

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