Ranking free agent point guards the Atlanta Hawks could sign.
While we’re still months away from games, the Atlanta Hawks are about to get a whole lot busier. The 2020 NBA draft date is now locked (November 18th), and free agency should open sometime around then.
Here, we’ll be focusing on the free agency side of things, and busting out the tier list to rank each free-agent-to-be from an Atlanta Hawks standpoint, starting with the point guards.
It’s not a great class for point guards (it’s not a great class in general), but there are a few solid players who could play with or behind franchise cornerstone Trae Young. They have yet to find a long term backup for him, and while they could use the sixth overall pick on one, they could look to free agency as well.
2020 NBA Free Agency Tier List: Point Guards
Searching for a big payday:
Dragic has likely played himself into a lucrative contract with an amazing playoff run and his fit as a backup behind Young is certainly intriguing. VanVleet is probably the best overall point guard on the market but seems committed to Toronto.
High-end role players:
These players could really bolster the Hawks’ bench, at a respectable price. Clarkson could be the most expensive of the bunch but could be a great offensive threat off the pine while the restricted Wanamaker is a proven rotational piece.
Young (and thus, pricey) studs:
- De’Anthony Melton (restricted)
- Kris Dunn (restricted)
- Jevon Carter (restricted)
- Trey Burke
- Jordan McLaughlin (restricted)
- Chris Chiozza (restricted)
There will likely be a bidding war for De’Anthony Melton, the former second-round pick who had his breakout season with the Grizzlies last season. His two-way prowess and potential to slide over to the two make him someone the Hawks could target with their cap space.
Teague was on the team last season and played well enough. They should be able to bring him back for cheap. Carter-Williams is an interesting name to help strengthen the Hawks’ bench, but he and Trae Young have history.
End of the bench guys:
This is a good free agency class for the Atlanta Hawks to fill the role left open by the retiring Vince Carter, although none of these vets are close to the mileage Vince had.
- Yogi Ferrell
- Shabazz Napier
- P.J Dozier
- Frank Jackson (restricted)
- Cameron Payne
- Kobi Simmons
- Justin Wright-Foreman
Cameron Payne came back from about a year-and-a-half away from the NBA to star for the 8-0 Orlando Bubble Suns. While it definitely was a small sample size, he proved he deserves a shot in the league.
Nothing too exciting here outside of former Hawks point guard Jaylen Adams, who played for both the Bucks and Trail Blazers last season.
What point guards should the Atlanta Hawks target in free agency?