Rounding up various mock draft and seeing who’s projected to go the Atlanta Hawks this summer.
As the window to make a spectacular playoff run closes, Atlanta Hawks fans are turning their attention to the Summer. The Hawks are in line for a top-five (or higher) draft pick again this year, but there have been some big changes since we’ve done this last.
First, the Hawks have improved a bit, going nearly .500 over the last few weeks. They no longer own the league’s worst record, and unlike last time, most mocks don’t have them at the #1 pick.
Second, Atlanta acquired three centers, two of which are under contract until at least Summer 2022, which could rule of the Hawks drafting a big man. Finally, the Hawks traded the Lottery-protected 1st rounder they owned from Brooklyn, giving them just one first-rounder now: their own.
They also acquired a 2nd-round pick from Sacramento via Houston, which likely will be one of the last few picks in the draft. They did not previously own a second-rounder.
While a trade is always on the table, they seem to be locked in with their one first-round pick, which we’ll explore the likely players to use that pick on below:
Mock Draft Round-Up:
Tankathon: LaMelo Ball, PG, Illawarra
Jeremy Woo, Sports Illustrated: Isaac Okoro, SF, Auburn
Chris Stone, Sporting News: Deni Avdija, SF, Israel
Jonathan Wasserman, Bleacher Report: LaMelo Ball, PG, Illawarra
Tyler Byrum and Chase Hughes, NBC: LaMelo Ball, PG, Illawarra
Kyle Boone, CBS Sports: Cole Antony, SG, North Carolina
Well there still isn’t a consensus connection to the Hawks in this year’s draft, but as predicted, no one had the Hawks taken James Wiseman after the Capela addition.
As the Hawks slowly move up the standings, Anthony Edwards of Georgia seems to be locking down the top of the big board. The Hawks would likely need to have some Lottery-Day luck to grab him. Four of the Six above mocks have Edwards going first, with the other two having Wiseman at the top spot.
The biggest takeaway overall is probably LaMelo Ball, who was the only to be mocked to the Hawks more than once. He’s an interesting fit next to/behind Trae Young, which we’ll look at here on the next page, along with the other three players linked to Atlanta.