The 2018 Draft Lottery was friendly to the Atlanta Hawks.
Atlanta will pick 3rd in the 2018 NBA Draft after moving up in the Draft Lottery.
The Hawks found themselves in the draft lottery for the first time since 2007. That year the Hawks jumped from the 4th position to 3rd where they selected Al Horford. That jump was a big deal for Atlanta because anything lower and the pick would’ve resulted in the pick conveying to Phoenix.
The Hawks haven’t had the best luck lately picking in the lottery:
- 2004: Josh Childress. 6th
- 2005: Marvin Willams. 2nd
- 2006: Sheldon Williams. 5th
- 2007: Al Horford. 3rd
At first glance, it’s obvious that the team only hit on one of these picks. Despite this, Hawks fans should have full confidence with GM Travis Schlenk in place as well as a strong group top to bottom in basketball operations in hand.
Recent 3rd overall picks:
2017 Jayson Tatum, Duke – Boston Celtics
2016 Jaylen Brown, California – Boston Celtics
2015 Jahlil Okafor, Duke – Philadelphia 76ers
2014 Joel Embiid, Kansas – Philadelphia 76ers
2013 Otto Porter, Georgetown – Washington Wizards
2012 Bradley Beal, Florida – Washington Wizards
2011 Enes Kanter, Kentucky – Utah Jazz
2010 Derrick Favors, Georgia Tech – New Jersey Nets
It is crucial that the Hawks get this pick right as it could propel us out of this rebuild or cause us to be stuck for years.
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