The hype for the 2016-2017 NBA season is officially underway. Philips Arena was filled with Hawks fans from all over on Thurs. June 23 for the NBA Draft viewing on ESPN in hopes to catch their favorite pick get selected by the home team.
The 2016 Atlanta Hawks pick went to DeAndre Bembry, coming in at the 21st overall pick. Standing at a whopping 6’6, Bembry hails from St. Joseph and became an NBA potential his sophomore year of college. Although Bembry faces challenges with consistency, the team is confident he will improve over time.
Hawks fans were ecstatic over the selection. Kiea Smith, a Covington, Ga. Hawks Draft party attendee said, “Hopefully the Hawks are going to come with the best. They saved the best pick for the Hawks and I’m so excited.”
The Draft party was open to children and adults, giving each person a chance to purchase Hawks merchandise and win great prizes all while watching in anticipation. “Tonight was fun seeing all the real Hawks fans out here. This year [The Atlanta Hawks] will go far, they have really great potential,” said Smith.
The 2016-2017 regular season is set to kick off Oct. 25, 2016.