The Hawks chosen Griffin with the sixteenth overall pick. Atlanta had several players on its draft board who were expected to go somewhere late within the second round. So getting some sort of asset from a team seeking to trade up became appealing. They traded the forty fourth overall pick to the Warriors for $2 million and chosen Martin at No. 51.
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When Griffin and Martin touched down in Atlanta, they felt the love from Hawks fans who were waiting by the gate. The 2 rookies will represent the Hawks at next month’s Summer League in Las Vegas, and so they’re desperate to show why they were chosen.
“For me, I’ll just go on the market and play the sport the best way,” Martin said. “I feel like I don’t go on the market and take a look at to hunt offense or things like that. I’ll go on the market and just bring a level of toughness to the sport where I rebound on each side of the backboard.
“I’ll go on the market and take a look at to protect the perfect player and shut them down and do all of the little things – that little intangible that affects winning in an impactful way. In order that’s just what I prefer to bring to the sport. And I believe every thing else will just fall where it’s alleged to.”
Griffin echoed his draft-night statements of attending to work. He’s hungry for the competition that Summer League may bring.
“Simply to have the opportunity to go on the market and just give your effort, really, and just be competitive, you recognize, simply to compete,” Griffin said. “I believe it’d be great simply to go against, you recognize, everyone else in Summer League.”
That have to compete will turn out to be useful not only next month but in addition in training camp and the upcoming season.
Hawks coach Nate McMillan said the 2 may have loads of competition as they battle players including Kevin Huerter and Bogdan Bogdanovic for enjoying time.
McMillan said their experiences at Duke and Connecticut have primed them to make the jump.
“Each of those coaches, (Dan Hurley) and Coach (Mike) K(rzyzewski), those guys challenged their players. They compete,” McMillan said. “I do know Duke’s schedule; they play an intense schedule. So, competing is something that they already know. And that’s something that we’re going to expect them to bring here.”
The Hawks haven’t officially announced their Summer League roster, but they’re set to open the tournament July 9 against the Jazz.