With the 60th pick in the 2017 NBA Draft, the Atlanta Hawks select
PF Alpha Kaba, KK Mega Leks (Serbia)

Overall Rank: 82nd
PF Rank: 12th
Height: 6-10
Weight: 226
DOB: Jan 29, 1996
Born: Blois, Centre (France)

Serbian KLS Super League Round 9 MVP - 2016-2017

Season Team GP MIN FG% 3PT% FT% REB AST STL BLK PTS
2014-15 Pau-Orthez 8 3.9 .500 .000 .500 1.6 0.0 0.2 0.1 0.8
2015-16 KK Mega Leks 14 19.3 .462 .214 .558 6.0 0.5 1.1 0.6 8.1
2016-17 KK Mega Leks 51 23.8 .494 .289 .643 8.3 0.6 1.3 0.9 10.3

Strengths: Very long, athletic and fluid. ... Bothers shooters with his length. ... Runs the floor well for his size. ... Developing as a face-up jump shooter.

Personal: Began playing basketball at the age of 13. ... His uncle Benkali Kaba represented France at the 1984 Olympics in Los Angeles and played pro basketball in France from 1979 to 1992.

Alpha Kaba player profile | Atlanta Hawks draft history

2017 First Round

# Team Player
1. Markelle Fultz
PG, Washington (Fr)
2. Lonzo Ball
PG, UCLA (Fr)
3. Jayson Tatum
SF, Duke (Fr)
4. Josh Jackson
SF, Kansas (Fr)
5. De'Aaron Fox
PG, Kentucky (Fr)
6. Jonathan Isaac
SF, Florida State (Fr)
7. Lauri Markkanen
SF, Arizona (Fr)
8. Frank Ntilikina
PG, Strasbourg IG (France)
9. Dennis Smith
PG, NC State (Fr)
10. Zach Collins
C, Gonzaga (Fr)
11. Malik Monk
SG, Kentucky (Fr)
12. Luke Kennard
SG, Duke (So)
13. Donovan Mitchell
SG, Louisville (So)
14. Bam Adebayo
C, Kentucky (Fr)
15. Justin Jackson
F, North Carolina (Jr)
16. Justin Patton
C, Creighton (Fr)
17. D.J. Wilson
F, Michigan (So)
18. T.J. Leaf
PF, UCLA (Fr)
19. John Collins
PF, Wake Forest (So)
20. Harry Giles
PF, Duke (Fr)
21. Terrance Ferguson
SG, Adelaide (Australia)
22. Jarrett Allen
C, Texas (Fr)
23. Ogugua Anunoby
SF, Indiana (So)
24. Tyler Lydon
PF, Syracuse (So)
25. Anzejs Pasecniks
C, BC VEF Riga (Latvia)
26. Caleb Swanigan
C, Purdue (So)
27. Kyle Kuzma
F, Utah (Jr)
28. Tony Bradley
C, North Carolina (Fr)
29. Derrick White
G, Colorado (Sr)
30. Josh Hart
SG, Villanova (Sr)


Teams Without First Round Pick

  Team
Cleveland Cavaliers
Golden State Warriors
Houston Rockets
L.A. Clippers
Memphis Grizzlies
New Orleans Pelicans
Washington Wizards

2017 Second Round

# Team Player
31. Frank Jackson
SG, Duke (Fr)
32. Davon Reed
SF, Miami (FL) (Sr)
33. Wesley Iwundu
F, Kansas State (Sr)
34. Frank Mason
G, Kansas (Sr)
35. Ivan Rabb
PF, California (So)
36. Jonah Bolden
SF, FMP Beograd (Serbia)
37. Semi Ojeleye
SF, Southern Methodist (Jr)
38. Jordan Bell
PF, Oregon (Jr)
39. Jawun Evans
PG, Oklahoma State (So)
40. Dwayne Bacon
SF, Florida State (So)
41. Tyler Dorsey
SG, Oregon (So)
42. Thomas Bryant
C, Indiana (So)
43. Isaiah Hartenstein
PF, Zalgiris (Lithuania)
44. Damyean Dotson
SG, Houston (Sr)
45. Dillon Brooks
F, Oregon (Jr)
46. Sterling Brown
G, Southern Methodist (Sr)
47. Ike Anigbogu
C, UCLA (Fr)
48. Sindarius Thornwell
SG, South Carolina (Sr)
49. Vlatko Cancar
SF, KK Mega Leks (Serbia)
50. Mathias Lessort
F, Chalon-Sur-Saone (France)
51. Monte Morris
G, Iowa State (Sr)
52. Edmond Sumner
G, Xavier (So)
53. Kadeem Allen
G, Arizona (Sr)
54. Alec Peters
F, Valparaiso (Sr)
55. Nigel Williams-Goss
SG, Gonzaga (Jr)
56. Jabari Bird
SG, California (Sr)
57. Aleksandar Vezenkov
PF, FC Barcelona II (Spain)
58. Ognjen Jaramaz
SG, KK Mega Leks (Serbia)
59. Jaron Blossomgame
F, Clemson (Sr)
60. Alpha Kaba
PF, KK Mega Leks (Serbia)


Teams Without Second Round Pick

  Team
Cleveland Cavaliers
Dallas Mavericks
Detroit Pistons
Golden State Warriors
L.A. Clippers
L.A. Lakers
Memphis Grizzlies
Miami Heat
Minnesota Timberwolves
Oklahoma City Thunder
Portland Trail Blazers
Toronto Raptors

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Posts: 8201     And1: 3530     Jun 23, 2017 at 3:06 PM
IF and it's a big IF Ainge is right that Tatum is the best player and he got another high pick then he really nailed this draft. He's really put his ass on the line passing on Fultz and Lonzo. Real ballsy. He better hope he's right.

I think Tatum will be good. Solid all-around player. But, not the best player in this draft.
 
Posts: 24342     And1: 12907     Jun 23, 2017 at 3:04 PM
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Lol yeah, I could see James Butler being like, "Damn, back to playing the full 48"
 
Posts: 13886     And1: 6345     Jun 23, 2017 at 2:35 PM
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Posts: 2524     And1: 1263     Jun 23, 2017 at 9:20 AM
I don't mind the Tatum pick, but because of the trade, concensus, and Josh Jackson not workout out there, Tatum is going to be compared to every other top pick. That's tough.

Jackson seems like a real questionable character. Canceled on Ainge when they were in route to Sacramento and now he's blasting teams for not drafting him. Screw this kid.

He's not the first player to have an attitude problem and he won't be the last. Many NBA fans decry the soft nature of today's players. He has an edge to him. It's refreshing.

(that said, I definitely liked the vibe I got from Tatum during his brief interview)
 
Posts: 5245     And1: 1035     Jun 23, 2017 at 8:55 AM
What is the reason Ivan Rabb dropped to 2nd round and was projected lottery pick last year ?

i just don't think teams like his versatility. Doesn't really shoot 3's and not a good defender, basically a Randle clone in a way but slightly worse.

Its a bit unfair to be honest because i think he is better than some (actually a lot) of the talent that went at the end of the first but the league clearly don't value those type's of bigs.
 
Posts: 2759     And1: 2582     Jun 23, 2017 at 8:54 AM
Thornwell put up a PER of 30, nearly 60% TS, .275 ish WS/48 and elite box numbers. Best metrics in the NCAA. I'm curious how it will translate. My prediction is very NBA ready role player with low upside, but that could be a 6th or 7th man quickly.

Anyone watch him much in college? In footage the player who comes to mind when I watch him is Eric Gordon. Shorter, but long armed, muscular, physical guard who's versatile and plays good on ball defense.
 
Posts: 2759     And1: 2582     Jun 23, 2017 at 8:48 AM
Doc throws rookies out there for 3 minutes in garbage time once or twice. Often they don't perform, and they get cut or traded. I'm a believer that you have to force them to play big minutes at least a few games to see what they've got. Not just blowouts, but when the games count vs lesser teams.
 
Posts: 444     And1: 351     Jun 23, 2017 at 8:47 AM
What is the reason Ivan Rabb dropped to 2nd round and was projected lottery pick last year ?
 
Posts: 4792     And1: 7679     Jun 23, 2017 at 8:34 AM


him too. Solid pickup for the Clips to be honest. I like him a lot more than most of your bench guys. Also he is the perfect guy to have off of the bench.

He won't get any playing time, because Doc.

i'm sure doc sees some value otherwise he wouldn't have bought him.

Doc has yet to see any value in any young player who isn't related to him.
 
Posts: 23982     And1: 21132     Jun 23, 2017 at 8:04 AM
I don't mind the Tatum pick, but because of the trade, concensus, and Josh Jackson not workout out there, Tatum is going to be compared to every other top pick. That's tough.

Jackson seems like a real questionable character. Canceled on Ainge when they were in route to Sacramento and now he's blasting teams for not drafting him. Screw this kid.
 
Posts: 13886     And1: 6345     Jun 23, 2017 at 7:55 AM
I don't mind the Tatum pick, but because of the trade, concensus, and Josh Jackson not working out there, Tatum is going to be compared to every other top pick. That's tough.
 
Posts: 23982     And1: 21132     Jun 23, 2017 at 7:47 AM
IF and it's a big IF Ainge is right that Tatum is the best player and he got another high pick then he really nailed this draft. He's really put his ass on the line passing on Fultz and Lonzo. Real ballsy. He better hope he's right.
 
Posts: 5245     And1: 1035     Jun 23, 2017 at 7:46 AM


Traded to Clips.

him too. Solid pickup for the Clips to be honest. I like him a lot more than most of your bench guys. Also he is the perfect guy to have off of the bench.

He won't get any playing time, because Doc.

i'm sure doc sees some value otherwise he wouldn't have bought him.
 
Posts: 4792     And1: 7679     Jun 23, 2017 at 7:27 AM
Wow good pick for the Bucks. Thornwell is a solid S.G to have on the bench.

Traded to Clips.

him too. Solid pickup for the Clips to be honest. I like him a lot more than most of your bench guys. Also he is the perfect guy to have off of the bench.

He won't get any playing time, because Doc.
 
Posts: 5245     And1: 1035     Jun 23, 2017 at 7:12 AM
Denver had an underratedly bad draft.

they did get a good trade though
 
Posts: 15655     And1: 6480     Jun 23, 2017 at 6:54 AM
Loving what we did..think we got a steal there.
 
Posts: 76     And1: 41     Jun 23, 2017 at 5:27 AM
UTEP's leading scorer was a Junior named Omega Harris. If he had declared there could have been an Alpha and Omega of the draft.
 
Posts: 8201     And1: 3530     Jun 23, 2017 at 5:21 AM
Anyone that doesn't like Ainge will enjoy this lol

Danny Ainge: Tried not to overreact to canceled workout, but I was mad

The Celtics selected Duke's Jayson Tatum with the No. 3 pick, and Jackson went one spot later to the Phoenix Suns. Ainge vented a bit after Thursday's draft when asked if there was any truth to a rumored clandestine late-night workout with Jackson this week in Boston.

"Never talked with Josh. No one in our organization did," Ainge said. "They cancelled a workout on us when we flew out to Sacramento, and they just decided to cancel it as we flew -- just Brad and I and Mike Zarren flew cross-country.

"So there was something that he didn't want to play for the Celtics. In spite of that, we've watched Josh for two years and we're fans. He's a terrific kid and a good player. So we tried not to overreact to those kinds of things and make a big deal of it.

Pressed on if the cancellation left Boston considering passing entirely on Jackson, Ainge said he tried to remain calm about the situation.

"No. No. no. Well, there were thoughts, yeah, I was mad," Ainge said. "We flew cross-country. Are you kidding me? I had to get up at 4 o'clock and fly back home."

Zarren then chimed in about how the Celtics' contingent simply went to bed after arriving in Sacramento then got up early for the flight home.

Ainge, who played for the Sacramento Kings during his playing days, quipped, "There's nothing to do in Sacramento." After some laughs from the media, Ainge added, "That could get me in trouble there."

http://www.espn.com/nba/story/_/id/19713510/danny-ainge-boston-celtics-vents-josh-jackson-canceled-workout

Lol it's great for Phoenix.
 
Posts: 17546     And1: 5557     Jun 23, 2017 at 5:08 AM
Anyone that doesn't like Ainge will enjoy this lol

Danny Ainge: Tried not to overreact to canceled workout, but I was mad

The Celtics selected Duke's Jayson Tatum with the No. 3 pick, and Jackson went one spot later to the Phoenix Suns. Ainge vented a bit after Thursday's draft when asked if there was any truth to a rumored clandestine late-night workout with Jackson this week in Boston.

"Never talked with Josh. No one in our organization did," Ainge said. "They cancelled a workout on us when we flew out to Sacramento, and they just decided to cancel it as we flew -- just Brad and I and Mike Zarren flew cross-country.

"So there was something that he didn't want to play for the Celtics. In spite of that, we've watched Josh for two years and we're fans. He's a terrific kid and a good player. So we tried not to overreact to those kinds of things and make a big deal of it.

Pressed on if the cancellation left Boston considering passing entirely on Jackson, Ainge said he tried to remain calm about the situation.

"No. No. no. Well, there were thoughts, yeah, I was mad," Ainge said. "We flew cross-country. Are you kidding me? I had to get up at 4 o'clock and fly back home."

Zarren then chimed in about how the Celtics' contingent simply went to bed after arriving in Sacramento then got up early for the flight home.

Ainge, who played for the Sacramento Kings during his playing days, quipped, "There's nothing to do in Sacramento." After some laughs from the media, Ainge added, "That could get me in trouble there."

http://www.espn.com/nba/story/_/id/19713510/danny-ainge-boston-celtics-vents-josh-jackson-canceled-workout
 
Posts: 17546     And1: 5557     Jun 23, 2017 at 5:05 AM
Denver had an underratedly bad draft.

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