Atlanta Hawks: Ranking the 12 Best Fits in Free Agency

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#3. Kevon Looney

DeMarcus Cousins was always going to be something of a luxury for the defending champion Golden State Warriors, so when he went down with an injury in the first round of the Western Conference Playoffs, no one really batted an eye.

The team was still loaded with Hall of Famers and they have so much talent that they can just tumble their way into winning titles.

Cousins’s loss was felt even less when it was realized that fourth-year big man Kevon Looney could provide a simulacrum of what Cousins offers the team – combined with the continuity of being drafted and groomed by the team since the 2015 NBA Draft.

Looney has blown up in the Playoffs, showcasing his overall skill set as a rebounder, defender and opportunistic scorer alongside some of the best players in NBA history.

Per Cleaning the Glass, Looney attempted a whopping 80 percent of his shots at the rim, which was in the 92nd percentile among bigs. On those attempts, he hit 70 percent of them, which is in the 77th percentile.

Of course, big men on the Atlanta Hawks have to provide some semblance of spacing, and, on that front, Looney has only attempted 26 career three-pointers, hitting them on a less than 20 percent clip. However, per Cleaning the Glass, he shot 53 percent on long mid-range shots, which was in the 94th percentile among big men.

If Looney can step out a bit further and get comfortable from deep, he would make for an excellent fit for the Atlanta Hawks at center due to his length, athleticism and basketball IQ.