Criss: Hawks can't trade away No. 3 pick

John and Hugh
June 21, 2018 - 10:26 am

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Former Atlanta Hawks guard Charlie Criss joined John and Hugh on Thursday to talk about tonight’s NBA Draft.

Under second-year GM Travis Schlenk and new Head Coach Lloyd Piece, Criss says this team is definitely heading in the right direction as a franchise.

“There is a process, and the process is you gotta start somewhere," said Criss. "You got to break up the team, and then add pieces as you go along.“

The Atlanta Hawks will have the No. 3 overall selection in tonight’s draft, and while some in the media believe the organization will trade back, Criss stresses the importance of hanging onto their current pick.

“I think it’s important to get that third pick, and then take it from there," said Criss. "If you start trading away picks, you’re going to end up right back in the same spot that you’re trying to get away from.“

As a smaller guy himself at 5-foot-8, he’s not a fan of the small guy in Trae Young coming to Atlanta.

“If you look at his stature, he’s not very strong," said Criss. "But how much stronger can he get? On the defensive end, you see a lot of teams take advantage of the size; it’s going to be tough. That’s not saying he can’t do it. But he’s a scorer.“

If Criss was in Schlenk’s shoes, who does he select at No. 3?

“I would think [Luka] Doncic," said Criss. "He’s 19-years-old, he’s played in the second best league in the world and he’s proven what he can do. He was the MVP.”