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SBNation NBA Mock Draft: Pick No. 3

2007 NBA Mock Draft
Overall Pick: 3

Atlanta Hawks
Chosen by: Impending Firestorm
PF, Florida, Jr.

Pick number three required an actual decision. Chase from Impending Firestorm selects Al Horford. Here's why:
After some consideration, Atlanta would like to pick Al Horford from Florida with the third pick in the 2007 NBA Draft. Deciding he would be a better post presence than Yi Jianlian was the final backbreaker in the decision. He could be the most "NBA ready" player in this year's draft and while we thought that last year with Shelden Williams he did actually rebound the ball well when we played him. Horford has a great basketball player's body and if he turns out to be half as good as Elton Brand he will be a solid player in the NBA. Atlanta needs players who can improve this team right now and Jianlian is just too much of a project to be a useful pick. We've wasted too many picks on projects in the past. With two solid picks in this draft the Atlanta Hawks could have a legitimate shot at the playoffs in the Eastern Conference next year.

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