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Grizzly Bear Blues Community NBA Mock Draft: Pick #21- Atlanta Hawks

The ATL is on the mock clock, and they're in a position to look for the best player available on their board.

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With the 21st pick in the 2016 GBB Community Mock NBA Draft, the Atlanta Hawks select...

Brice Johnson, Forward, University of North Carolina

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Atlanta has needs in the frontcourt potentially, especially at the Power Forward position. Paul Millsap is one of the league's most underrated players and has that spot locked down as a starter, but behind him? Mike Scott logged the next most minutes this past season according to basketball-reference.com, and while Scott has a solid mid-range and a bit beyond scoring game he is not known as a defensive stopper or dominant post presence.

Enter Brice Johnson, who according to NBADraft.net is comparable to Taj Gibson of the Chicago Bulls in terms of overall game. Johnson is a big who has athletic ability, can defend both stretch fours and can block shots at the rim, and has nice touch outside the paint. His frame could continue to add muscle mass, but his ability to move, especially in the open court, would be a major bonus for Atlanta. Plus, he comes from a winning program in North Carolina, so he has been in big-time situations and has led successful teams. That experience is very valuable.

Later in the first round, you look for guys with high ceilings. Even though Johnson is an old 21 (he turns 22 in 11 days), he can blossom behind Millsap and eventually possibly overtake Scott by the 2017-2018 season as the elad back-up in the front court. That would be a good use of #21 overall.

The Charlotte Hornets are on the clock.

Date Pick/Team Selection Mock GM
June 2nd 1/Philadelphia Brandon Ingram, Forward, Duke University Joe Mullinax
June 2nd 2/LA Lakers Ben Simmons, Forward, LSU Corban Ford
June 3rd 3/Boston Marquese Chriss, Power Forward, Washington Chip Williams
June 3rd 4/Phoenix Dragan Bender, Power Forward, Maccabi Tel Aviv Kyle Whittington
June 6th 5/Minnesota Buddy Hield, Guard, Oklahoma Aimee S
June 6th 6/Denver Jamal Murray, Guard, Kentucky Mopizzle11
June 7th 7/Denver Domantas Sabonis, Forward/Center, Gonzaga Mopizzle11
June 7th 8/Sacramento Kris Dunn, Guard, Providence Brandon C
June 8th 9/Toronto Henry Ellenson, Forward, Marquette Tabitha
June 8th 10/Milwaukee Timothe Luwawu, Guard/Forward, Mega Leks Kevin Yeung
June 9th 11/Boston Jaylen Brown, Guard/Forward, California Chip Williams
June 9th 12/Utah Jakob Poeltl, Center, Utah BealeStreetKen
June 10th 13/Phoenix Skal Labissiere, Forward/Center, Kentucky Kyle Whittington
June 10th 14/Memphis Denzel Valentine, Guard/Forward, Michigan State Joe Mullinax
June 13th 15/New Orleans Taurean Prince, Forward, Baylor Wes George
June 13th 16/Orlando Deyonta Davis, Forward/Center, Michigan State Daron Koch
June 14th 17/Chicago Wade Baldwin IV, Guard, Vanderbilt Brandon C
June 14th 18/Detroit Dejounte Murray, Guard, Washington Joe Mullinax
June 15th 19/New Orleans Furkan Korkmaz, Guard/Forward, Turkey Wes George
June 15th 20/Indiana DeAndre Bembry, Guard/Forward, St. Joseph's Aimee S
June 16th 21/Atlanta Brice Johnson, Forward, North Carolina Joe Mullinax
June 16th 22/Charlotte Justin Sims
June 17th 23/Orlando Daron Koch
June 17th 24/Philadelphia Joe Mullinax
June 20th 25/LA Clippers Kevin Lipe
June 20th 26/Philadelphia Joe Mullinax
June 21st 27/Toronto Tabitha
June 21st 28/Phoenix Kyle Whittington
June 22nd 29/San Antonio Jill Kong
June 22nd 30/Golden State rhinoh23

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