By Chris Guest
The Atlanta Hawks will ample opportunities to remake the team on the fly this offseason, and are looking to find as much high-upside talent as possible in the 2018 NBA Draft.
Though Jaren Jackson Jr. and Marvin Bagley III were previously the top choices for the Hawks in the draft, there is one high lottery pick that has been skyrocketing up draft boards in recent days after some frankly incredible measurements as well as amazing drill times at the NBA Combine. I’m speaking, of course, of Mohamed Bamba out of Texas.
A recent Mock Draft from Yahoo Sports by Jordan Schultz had the Hawks selecting Bamba with the 3rd overall pick, mostly on the back of his immense, airplane-sized wingspan (7-foot-10), terrific attitude during interviews as well as the shocking development that Bamba reportedly ran a ¾ court sprint in only 3.04 seconds, which was faster than guards Zhaire Smith and Lonnie Walker in this year’s draft class and also faster than current (or former) NBA speedsters such as Russell Westbrook, Dwyane Wade, John Wall, Kemba Walker and Victor Oladipo.
Remember: that stunning speed is coming in a 6-foot-11, 225-pound frame – with arms that could wrap around the Earth twice (OK, that’s mild hyperbole, but you know what I...