Atlanta Hawks: 3 centers to avoid in free agency

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Centers for the Atlanta Hawks to avoid during free agency No. 2) Luke Kornet

Luke Kornet has been in the NBA for the past four seasons and is yet to play a meaningful role on a winning team. Yes, he did play for the Celtics last season but when it got to the business end of the season, Kornet played in two playoff games for a total of five minutes.

After breaking into the league and playing two seasons with the New York Knicks, Kornet signed on with the Chicago Bulls. The problem was, the Bulls’ systems did not suit Kornet at all. He is a good 3-point shooter for a 7’2″ combination power forward and center. He hit 36.0 percent of 4.1 attempts per game from behind the arc in his two seasons with the Knicks.

This number dipped alarmingly during his time with the Bulls to just 28.2 percent on his 2.7 attempts per game from the perimeter. It got worse when he went to the Celtics this season via trade, hitting 25.0 percent of his 2.0 attempts.

However, it is a question of fit with any team and the Hawks need an option in the middle who can have the athleticism that helps both Trae Young and Williams create in a way that Clint Capela, John Collins, and Okongwu did last season and Kornet does not offer this. His skill set is well and truly covered by Danilo Gallinari and would be redundant.