4. Cam Reddish
The likely third player to be picked from Duke may or may not be there for the Hawks to ponder at No. 8. It largely depends on who the Los Angeles Lakers, Cleveland Cavaliers and Chicago Bulls select before them. If all of those teams address needs in the backcourt or go with higher rated defenders at the wing, Cam Reddish will likely fall to the Hawks.
But Reddish seems to be a polarizing prospect in this draft. Where he falls in the pecking order is dependent on a question Ben Standig asked in his mock draft for NBCSports: Is he “All-Star level talent or underachiever?”
He’s all over the place in mock drafts too. Sports Illustrated and CBSSports have him as high as No. 5, while others have him at No. 8 to the Hawks or even No. 9 to the Washington Wizards. Reddish was a heralded high school prospect, but quickly became the third fiddle at Duke with Zion Williamson and R.J. Barrett being the main focal points in that offense.
Even as the third guy down though, Reddish still struggled on the court. He put up 13.5 points per game, but only shot 35.6 percent from the field last season. Maybe he just needs a change of scenery where his strengths are utilized, as pointed out by CBS Sports‘ Kyle Boone in his mock.
Reddish presents endless upside with as much talent as anyone in this class. Despite an underwhelming freshman campaign at Duke, it’s feasible he develops into the star he was destined to be in a different fit, away from Zion Williamson and R.J. Barrett.
Yahoo! Sports even references familiarity from multiple training camps Cam and Trae Young attended together for USA basketball while in high school. If Reddish was able to find a consistent stroke from beyond the arc in the NBA, he could truly help general manager Travis Schlenk form the Golden State Warriors of the Eastern Conference.