2014 NBA Draft: T.J. Warren Might Be Worthy of Atlanta Hawks' 1st-Round Pick

By Andrew Shaw

With the 2014 NBA Draft on the horizon, teams are starting to bring in players almost every day for workouts and interviews. One player who is on the Atlanta Hawks‘ radar is T.J. Warren out of N.C. State. The forward was an excellent scorer at the college level, who should go anywhere from the middle of the first round to possibly the beginning of the second. However, I doubt he falls that far when teams like Atlanta have already brought him in, but will the Hawks actually take him is the real question?

Warren definitely brings a lot to the table, however, is he the right guy to take with Atlanta’s 15th overall selection? The 15th pick might be a little bit of a reach to take the versatile forward, but it might be a necessary one given his track record at the college level. Warren was an absolute beast in the ACC last season. He led all scorers in the conference with 24.9 points per game, which also ranked him in the top three in all of college. I’m sure coach Mike Budenholzer would love to add another offensive weapon like Warren to his arsenal too.

A prolific scorer to come off the bench is exactly what the Hawks need more of next season. The bench was far too inconsistent at times and his addition would instantly make it better than it was this year. Instead of bringing someone such as Elton Brand in the game, who is likely to retire or not return with Atlanta, could you imagine what Warren would bring to the second unit? He can not only rebound, which is what Brand was tremendous at, but he can change the game with his timely scoring off the bench as well.

Therefore, if he’s available with the Hawks’ first-round pick, they must consider taking him. I know they might be worried about his outside game considering he shot a miserable 26.7 percent from the three-point line, but it will be hard to pass on a player like Warren. This is especially true after he gets a year or two to develop. He could possibly become more than just a bench player if he is able to polish his game at the next level, which is why he has to be in consideration for Atlanta with their first pick of the 2014 NBA Draft.

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

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