Atlanta Hawks Select Adreian Payne and Walter Tavares In 2014 NBA Draft

ATLANTA -- The Atlanta Hawks selected Michigan State forward Adreian Payne with the 15th overall pick in the first round and Walter Tavares, a native of Cape Verde, with the 43rd overall choice (second round) of the 2014 NBA Draft.

Additionally, the Hawks acquired the draft rights to Pittsburgh guard/forward Lamar Patterson, the 48th overall pick, from the Milwaukee Bucks in exchange for a Brooklyn 2015 second round draft pick (via Atlanta).

A four-year letterman at Michigan State, Payne finished his career as the Spartans’ all-time leader in blocked shots (141) while becoming one-of-nine players in school history with 1,200 career points (1,232) and 700 career rebounds (735).  He was a two-time Second Team All-Big Ten honoree, as a junior and senior, while garnering Second Team NABC and USBWA All-District accolades last season.  As a senior, Payne averaged 16.4 points, 7.3 rebounds, 1.3 assists and 0.9 blocks in 28.1 minutes in 31 games (.503 FG%, .423 3FG%, .790 FT%).  In 138 career games, the 6-10 forward averaged 8.9 points, 5.3 rebounds and 1.0 blocks in 20.0 minutes (.526 FG%, .409 3FG%, .755 FT%).  Additionally, he played for USA Basketball in the summer of 2013 at the World University Games in Kazan, Russia. 

As a result of his efforts in the community, he was honored at the Wooden Award Gala following his senior season with the Los Angeles Athletic Club’s first-ever Outreach Award.  Payne was born February 19, 1991 in Dayton, Ohio. 

“We want to play with pace and space - Adreian is someone that can do both from being able to run the court and compete on both ends, along with being able to shoot the basketball,” said Hawks President of Basketball Operations and General Manager Danny Ferry. 

Tavares, a 7-3 center, has played professionally for four years (2010-14) in Spain with Gran Canaria (Spanish ACB league) and Union Baloncesto La Palma (LEB Silver league).  This past season with Gran Canaria, he averaged 6.0 points, 6.8 rebounds and 1.5 blocks in 20.7 minutes in 35 games (.593 FG%, .722 FT%).  Tavares split time between Gran Canaria’s teams in the Spanish ACB and Spanish LEB Silver in 2012-13.  He played for Union Baloncesto La Palma (LEB Silver) in 2011-12 after competing for Gran Canaria’s youth team in the Spanish EBA league from 2009-11.  Tavares was born in Maio, Cape Verde on March 22, 1992.

“Walter is an interesting player who is a very hard worker,” Ferry said.  “He’s made great progress over the last couple of years and we look forward to helping him continue to develop.”

The 6-5 Patterson played at Pittsburgh from 2009-14, seeing action in a school-record 148 career games (starting his final 102 contests).  He was named All-ACC Second Team as a senior, after averaging team highs of 17.1 points and 4.3 assists, while adding 4.9 rebounds and 1.4 steals in 32.6 minutes (.441 FG%, .388 3FG%, .754 FT%) in 36 games.  For his career, he averaged 9.5 points, 4.0 rebounds, 2.9 assists and 1.0 steals in 24.5 minutes (.435 FG%, .369 3FG%, .723 FT%).  He is one-of-three players in school history with more than 1,000 points (1,410), 500 rebounds (588) and 400 assists (427).  Patterson was born August 12, 1991 in Lancaster, Pennsylvania.

“Lamar is a player that really knows how to play, he’s smart and has a good feel for the game,” Ferry said.  “He’s a good passer and fits well into our system.”