A plethora of chances to find a solid rotation player or a diamond-in-the-rough are awaiting the Atlanta Hawks in this summer’s NBA Draft.
The Hawks will have four draft picks this June, thanks to our good friend Daryl Morey, the GM of the Houston Rockets. They sent us their first-rounder through the Brooklyn Nets as part of the Joe Johnson trade last June, and a second-round selection stemming from the James Anderson trade of 2009.
That leaves the Hawks with two first-rounders and two second-rounders, which can be used to select a grand total of four (YES, FOUR!) players for next season. For a look at players the Hawks might have an opportunity to select, check out this piece by Soaring Down South’s own Brad Rowland.
As for my opinion, the Hawks have options after options after options. Here are the roads that I think might be favorable for the squad’s future (labeled as though they are actual roads, because why not?)
Move Up Blvd.
The two first-round selections will float around the 17-20 range. A possible road for Danny Ferry & Co. to take is to try and trade up higher in the round. This draft has been labeled as a weak draft for superstars, but what it holds is many solid players who could become valuable bench members – at the very least – in their careers. Players such as Victor Oladipo, CJ McCollum, and maybe even Shabazz Muhammad could be available if the Hawks were to trade up into the tail-end of the lottery.
Stay Put Ave.
Why not just take the picks that they’re given and roll with ‘em? More solid players will be available in the later part of the first round. It seems that energy players are a plenty in this draft and we all know how much Larry Drew loves energy players. Wait, you don’t know? Oh, well he loves energy.
Tank For Wiggins Private Drive Trade Down Dr.
If Danny Ferry’s thinks that a solid player could be found 10 picks later than his current selection slot, then he may try to trade down and get something in return. Odds are that he’ll stay put, but you never know what’s going on in his head.
Hopefully just lots of good ideas.