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2014 NBA Draft: Atlanta Hawks Must Target Tennessee’s Jordan McRae in 2nd Round


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If the Atlanta Hawks don’t address the need for a shooter in the first round, Jordan McRae has to be their top target with their second-round pick. The Tennessee shooting guard would be an excellent addition to the roster given his track record at the college level. McRae was one of the most prolific scorers in not only the SEC, but in the country, and Atlanta would love for him to fall right into their arms with their second-round pick.

There are not many players available at this point in the 2014 NBA Draft who can do what this kid can for the Hawks. He would fit perfectly into coach Mike Budenholzer‘s philosophy and fills an immediate need for another shooter off the bench. Atlanta had hoped that Cartier Martin or John Jenkins could fill this role, but unfortunately, things aren’t necessarily panning out for these two. Martin did what was required of him this season, yet I don’t think he provides the punch offensively coach Bud had hoped for. Jenkins, on the other hand, has been plagued by injuries during his career and it might be time to let him go.

In fact, I wouldn’t be surprised if the Hawks let both of them walk. With a player like McRae possibly available in the second round, there’s really no need to keep them. The Tennessee shooting guard is already a better player in my mind. He averaged 18.7 points per game in college while shooting 43.6 percent from the field and a decent 35.1 percent from the three-point line. That’s the kind of guy I want to come off the bench if I’m the Hawks.

He’s very similar to a player on their roster already in Lou Williams. Both are prolific scorers, who can turn on the switch offensively at almost any moment. Give McRae a year or two to learn from Williams, and Atlanta could be possibly developing their sixth man of the future. Who knows? If he puts on a little more weight and works on his defensive game, the Tennessee shooting guard might even become a potential starter.

Andrew Shaw is an Atlanta Hawks writer for Follow him on Twitter @AShaw003, “Like” him on Facebook or add him to your network on Google.