Hawks draft Wake Forest F Collins at No. 19 in National Basketball Association draft


The Hawks took power forward John Collins out of Wake Forest with the No. 19 pick in the NBA Draft.

After just one year with the Hawks, the former All-NBA center was dealt, along with the No. 31 pick, for Marco Bellinelli, Miles Plumlee, and the No. 41 pick. The 6-foot-10 prospect averaged 19.2 points, 9.8 rebounds and 1.6 blocks on 62 percent shooting from the field.

After making the pick Thursday night, new general manager Travis Schlenk said the Hawks had Collins ranked among the top 15 players.

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Earlier in the night, the Hawks insisted the trade of Dwight Howard was not the start of a major rebuilding job.

He said there were three or four teams with significant interest in Howard. The Hawks are sending Howard and the No. 31 overall pick in Thursday's National Basketball Association draft to Charlotte for center Miles Plumlee, shooting guard Marco Belinelli and the 41st pick, the person told The Associated Press on condition of anonymity Tuesday, June 20, because the trade is not yet official.

But Schlenk repeatedly said the trade is not the start of a rebuild, despite everyone else believing otherwise. "Being competitive and increasing our flexibility, that's still where we are". Last year, Atlanta selected Taurean Prince (No. 12 overall) and DeAndre' Bembry (No. 21 overall) with its first-round picks. "We obviously went with what we thought the best package there".

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