As I predicted in my Hawks Mock Draft 1.0, AJ Griffin is headed to Atlanta:
Atlanta is focused on Duke’s AJ Griffin at No. 16, sources tell ESPN.
— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) June 24, 2022
Here’s what I had to say about Griffin:
Round 1, Pick 16: F AJ Griffin — Duke
I was shocked to see AJ Griffin available here — but the same could be said about another Blue Devil in Jalen Johnson last draft. Griffin had a slow-ish start to the season, but he was still recovering from injury. I’m on record saying that I think he will have a better career than his teammate and potential number one pick Paolo Banchero — and for good reason. Griffin is a very athletic and willing defender that can fly around the rim and knock down some threes. He’s the perfect 3-and-D wing to surround Trae Young with. After his performance in the NCAA tournament, I doubt Griffin falls this far. If he does, the Hawks shouldn’t hesitate to snag back-to-back Duke products.
I think the Hawks got incredible value here, and I’m excited to watch Griffin play. He should be able to help the Hawks almost immediately.
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