The Atlanta Hawks select...
9.17 Ian Mahinmi, PF/C
The Hawks need front court help and going with a young prospec is the best option at this point in the draft. Mahinmi, who's only 21 years old, was drafted by the Spurs late first round in the 2005 draft and stayed overseas until this season where he has spent much of the time in the NBDL and has averaged 16.6 ppg, 7.9 rpg, 1.5 bpg, and 1.5 spg on 62% fg and 77.4% ft for the Austin Toros. He's got a good frame, length, and athleticism at 6'10" and 230 lb. Given the Spurs track record for scouting and drafting foreign players, there is much optimism surrounding Mahinmi.
From Draft Express on his play in the NDBL:
"When on the court, he shows excellent footwork on the low block, and improving touch with his right handed hook. Mahinmi also looks comfortable stepping out and hitting a jumper at times, though his future in the NBA lies in the paint. Few young big men in the NBA have the tools of Mahinmi, and the playing time in the D-League has helped greatly with his comfort level on the court. He could crack the Spurs rotation as soon as next season, and he will start in the NBA some day if he remains on his current developmental track."
"Mahinmi has everything it takes physically to play in the NBA, from his strong frame and long arms to his excellent vertical leaping ability. On the low block, the rookie can score using a right handed jump hook with consistency, and he also looked comfortable knocking down the open 12 footer. He has made much progress with his footwork since joining Austin ... There are a few areas Mahinmi needs to work on before he can be called a rotation player in the NBA. He must become a better rebounder, and rely less on his physical tools in this area. The rookie has the leaping ability and length to become a very good NBA rebounder, but is not near physical enough when it comes to boxing out and fighting for boards. Mahinmi’s length and leaping ability allow him to change a lot of shots, but he must learn proper help defense rotations to be effective in this area. With his offensive game and physical tools, Mahinmi looks to be a lock to become at least a decent player in the NBA."
Yes, Warriors sold at last!