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Taurean Prince Selected 12th Overall by the Atlanta Hawks

Taurean Prince becomes the 7th Bear drafted into the NBA in the Scott Drew era by going 12th overall to the Atlanta Hawks.

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In the 2016 NBA Draft, the Atlanta Hawks selected former Baylor small forward Taurean Prince with the 12th overall selection in the first round. Prince is the 3rd first round pick and the 7th overall Baylor player to be selected in the draft since 2010.

The fit here is interesting. The Hawks have been known for developing wing players the last few years. They were responsible for the rise of DeMarre Carroll, and they likely earned Kent Bazemore a lot of money this offseason. The opportunity to play alongside Paul Millsap, another player who can move between the 3 and 4 spots while being a playmaker, is huge for a player like Prince, who will need to polish his aggression and skill.

Several outlets had projected Prince to go to Atlanta in the twenties. That he is going for the 12th pick, making him the 2nd lottery pick of the Scott Drew era, is pretty astounding. If Thon Maker hadn't already gone 10th overall to the Bucks, this might be pegged as one of the potentially biggest reaches.

Prince's three point shooting, defense, and prototypical wing size make him a perfect Atlanta Hawks pick and potential Kent Bazemore insurance.

Congratulations to Taurean. Hard work has gotten him far. Keep it up.