Can the Hawks really ruin this?
It is for sure now that the Hawks planned on rebuilding this season. It is also for sure that they’ll have a top 5 pick in this upcoming draft. What is not certain is who the Hawks will select with their pick.
If you look at the current roster, you can say that every starting position is replaceable except John Collins. Dedmon will most likely decline his player option to go somewhere else. Kent Bazemore is not a lock to return next season. Dennis Schroder and Taurean Prince are both young talents, but they have nothing to do with Travis Schlenk, and there are players in the draft that could be arguably better than them.
With all those considering factors, one must think: can the Hawks ruin their draft?
Well if you’ve seen some of the past draft picks the Hawks have had, yes they can definitely mess this up. Let’s take a look at when the Hawks had to pick in the top 10.
From 2004-2007, the Hawks picked in the top 10. In 2004 they picked Josh Childress. We later found out that Josh Smith, who was picked 17th that year, would ultimately be better than him. The next year Marvin Williams was selected with the 2nd pick. What haunts fans is the 2 players the Hawks could’ve had. The next two picks in that draft were Deron Williams and Chris Paul. Two All-Stars. A future Hall of Famer. Marvin Williams has never come close to those two accolades.
In 2006, the Hawks selected Shelden Williams with the 5th pick. Two years later he was traded so you can see how that went.
Finally, the Hawks got it right in 2007 with Al Horford. Horford has been an All-Star, and also one of the best players in the last decade for the Hawks. So in hindsight, the Hawks only got 1 pick right in 4 tries.
Yes, there is an entirely new front office in place since those picks. But no matter what it seems like history always repeats itself. With the talent in this draft, it doesn’t look like there is much room for error for the Hawks. Or is there?
Luka Doncic is probably the best Euroleague player right now, but nowadays those players are hit or miss. DeAndre Ayton is the best center in the draft, but in today’s NBA where the traditional centers are becoming extinct, can he prosper? Marvin Bagley is a walking double-double machine, but his hustle is questionable and has to develop a better jump shot. Trae Young has the calling to be the next Steph Curry, but his size could be a problem on defense.
The Hawks could go wrong with every one of those picks, it just goes on which player has the most potential and who fits the Hawks system.
So can the Hawks really mess this up? It’s very possible.
Malik Brown (@_MalikATL)