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Atlanta Hawks 2014 Draft Report Card

By Jim Brighters, NBA Editor

Additions: Adreian Payne (15)

Walter Tavares (43)

Lamar Patterson (48)

( - The Atlanta Hawks got one of the most NBA-ready players in the draft in Adreian Payne, whose only crime is that he's 23. Most front- office brass don't want to attach themselves to someone that old.

That's the reason the Michigan State product went 15 instead of much higher. Payne can do a little of everything, including shoot the deep ball. He should fit in as a rotation guy immediately, although it's not a given he'll see a ton of time backing up Paul Millsap. Payne probably can't play the small- forward spot, so it's reserve minutes to start.

Tavares more resembles a mountain than a human being. He's mammoth, but green. He won't be in Atlanta next season as the Hawks have begun stashing big guys overseas.

Patterson is a swingman with decent skills, and, as a senior, should bring a level of professionalism.

Grade: B

06/27 14:21:59 ET

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