Dejounte Murray reacts to Hawks landing No. 1 overall pick in 2024 NBA Draft

The Atlanta Hawks' good fortunes in the 2024 Draft Lottery garnered reactions from several key figures in the organization.
Atlanta Hawks guard Dejounte Murray
Atlanta Hawks guard Dejounte Murray / Kevin C. Cox/GettyImages

The Atlanta Hawks' offseason just got a major plot twist. They had a 3% chance to come away with the No. 1 overall pick in the 2024 NBA Draft, held in Chicago on Mother's Day, May 12.

They beat the odds.

With General Manager Landry Fields in attendance, the Hawks watched their draft slot go from the No. 10 into the top four slots, ultimately settling at No. 1 overall, a notable position to be sure.

So much so that it garnered reactions from some notable figures in the organization, including All-Star guard Dejounte Murray.

“NBA OFF SZN Bouts To Be Crazyyyyyy!!!! Lol,” Murray posted on X on May 12.

The Hawks have had the No. 1 pick three times before in franchise history, and just once since they moved to Atlanta in 1968. That pick was used on David Thompson who was also drafted by the Virginia Squires of the ABA and traded to the Denver Nuggets.

Thompson never suited up for the Hawks, spending the first seven years of his career with the Nuggets and the final two with the Seattle Supersonics.

Murray wasn’t the only Hawk to react.

Hawks weigh in on landing No. 1 overall pick in 2024 NBA Draft

Hawks assistant Ekpe Udoh had a pre-existing relationship with Hawks head coach Quin Snyder and joined the Hawks last season. He also weighed in on the potential franchise-altering development.

Let’s gooooooooooo!!” Udoh posted.

The Hawks’ fortune is also a bit of a curse. This class is not considered particularly strong, with some even wagering that landing the top pick could put one’s job in jeopardy.

Top prospects on the board for the Hawks in the 2024 NBA Draft

The good news is that the Hawks don’t have to hope, they know who is available to them and have their pick of the litter. However, none of the prospects most often ranked at the top of draft boards have distinguished themselves as prohibitive favorites to go No. 1.

That has everyone now wondering just who the Hawks will select, including Hawks legend and current TV color commentator, Dominique Wilkins.

No 1 draft pick!!!!” Wilkins posted, tagging his beloved Haws. “LFG!!! Who we getting?”

Players at the top of most draft boards include Frenchmen Alexandre Sarr and Zaccharie Risacher, UConn’s man Donovan Clingan and Stephon Castle, Serbian guard Nikola Topic, and Kentucky guards Reed Sheppard and Rob Dillingham.

The sheer number of names illustrates the lack of a clear-cut favorite, though Sarr’s name is generally no further than No. 3 in the top draft boards.

The Hawks have also been tagged as a team that could use the big-bodied Castle at guard.