Final NBA Mock Draft: Wolves prioritize wings, Knicks take Avdija

Anthony Edwards of the Georgia Bulldogs. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)
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Minnesota Timberwolves, Tyrese Haliburton
AMES, IA – DECEMBER 12: Tyrese Haliburton #22 of the Iowa State Cyclones. (Photo by David Purdy/Getty Images) /

Guard. Iowa State. Tyrese Haliburton. player. 125. Pick Analysis. 6. Scouting Report

The Atlanta Hawks could be moving this pick in favor of a veteran player that could help them win now. Recently, they have been reportedly interested in bringing in Pelicans’ guard Jrue Holiday, who would undoubtedly be a great fit next to current franchise centerpiece Trae Young.

Atlanta has also heavily invested in the wing/forward position the past several years, with John Collins, Kevin Huerter, DeAndre Hunter, and Cam Reddish all being taken by Atlanta recently. This year, after acquiring Clint Capela from the Houston Rockets, the Hawks might be wanting to select a player to improve the depth and quality of their backcourt. Tyrese Haliburton is a player that can either start next to Young or come off of the bench. He is a player that brings a variety of tools to both ends of the court, being a good passer, shooter, and defender. He is lengthy and can take on the tougher backcourt assignment, helping aid Young’s downright abysmal defense.

The Hawks, again, could very well trade this pick. In fact, I’d wager they did move this pick before draft night. They have done their diligence on draft prospects, but Atlanta seems more interested in getting a player that will help them make a playoff push in a woeful Eastern Conference.