With the 2011 NBA Draft now in the books, it's time to hand out 30 grades for all 30 teams.
Atlanta Hawks (B-)
Second Round: Keith Benson
I love this pick, if only because had Benson played at Duke, he would’ve gone in the Top 20. Instead he went to a small school, and fell to the second round. Big guy, good skill-set, I fully expect him to play in the league awhile.
On a different note, what happened to all those Josh Smith trade rumors?
Look, I’m not saying the Hawks had to make a move, but, well, they can’t bring back the same team they had last year either, right? To me, the Hawks are like the old Bill Parcells saying, “You are, what your record says you are.” And right now in Atlanta, what they “are,” is a team that’s peaking as a four or five seed, and never, ever beating Chicago or Miami (or likely Boston) to make it out of the second round of the NBA Playoffs. It could be worse, but it could be a lot better too.
Maybe Atlanta’s brass is ok with that, I don’t know. I just hope for their fan’s sake that “Drafting Keith Benson,” isn’t the end of their off-season moves.