2014 NBA Draft: Atlanta Hawks get a B+ for picking Adreian Payne at No. 15

Adreian Payne is going to Atlanta.
Adreian Payne is going to Atlanta. (USATSI)

The Atlanta Hawks selected Michigan State forward Adreian Payne with the No. 15 pick in the 2014 NBA Draft.

The 6-10, 245-pound Payne averaged 16.4 points and 7.3 rebounds per game in his senior season of 2013-14 for Michigan State, which finished 29-9 and lost to eventual champion UConn in the Elite Eight.

Payne's shooting at the power forward position is perfect for an Atlanta team that is devoted to spreading the floor.

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