2024 NBA Mock Draft: Blazers take game-changer, Spurs get star at 1

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22. Atlanta Hawks snag Ryan Dunn

The Hawks selected a high-floor wing in Melvin Ajinca with the 18th overall pick in this mock draft. Do not be surprised to see them come back with a higher upside selection here. They have a star backcourt featuring Trae Young and Dejounte Murray and two capable starting centers. Atlanta needs difference-making wings to take the next step.

Dunn barely played during his freshman year at Virginia. The 6’8 forward averaged just 2.6 points and 2.9 rebounds in 12.9 minutes per game, but he impressively blocked 1.1 shots each night. The 20-year-old is a fringe first-round pick at this stage, but there is plenty of room to vault up draft boards.

Dunn shot 60.9 percent on 2-point field goals as a freshman. He is a plus athlete and a strong finisher around the rim. He must develop his jumper and round out his offensive game to make a massive impact on that end of the floor. Dunn needs to earn more playing time if he wants to be a first-round pick, but he has the size and athletic ability.

The Hawks take a chance on Ryan Dunn. He may never crack the rotation or could be the next versatile undersized big man that every team desires. Atlanta bets on his potential.