Hawks select AJ Griffin with the No. 16 pick and acquire draft rights to 51st Pick Tyrese Martin

On Thursday night with the No. 1 pick in the 2022 NBA draft, the Orlando Magic selected Duke forward Paolo Banchero.


The Atlanta Hawks selected AJ Griffin from Duke with the 16th pick Hawks also acquired the draft rights to the 51st pick, Tyrese Martin from UConn, and cash considerations from Golden State in exchange for the draft rights to Ryan Rollins, the 44th pick.

“He has the ability to put the ball on the floor, which might be a little underrated. Hopefully he can get out there on the defensive end and impose his will with the stature that he has.”said Hawks Assistant General Manager Landry Fields.


In what some expected was going to be a blockbuster trade involving Big man John Collins on Thursday night’s NBA draft night that would have sent him to San Antonio for All-Star Dejounte Murray, but that never came to fruition. Collins remains a Hawk.

Fields spoke at the post-draft press conference, and insisted the Hawks are “excited” about Collins’ future in Atlanta.

Some are speculating that Collins days in Atlanta are numbered. The question is what uniform with Collins wear next season?


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