Believe it or not, the Atlanta Hawks currently have a mere two players under contract. With a new head coach in the mix, Atlanta is undergoing a franchise-wide overhaul and the 2013 NBA Draft is the next big challenge.
With the 17th and 18th overall picks, Atlanta has plenty of options and the early bets are being placed on the Hawks going the international route with both. Selecting a project player like point guard Dennis Schroeder out of Germany would show that despite having a hallow roster, the Hawks are willing to wait for success. On the contrary, if the team decides to nab two collegiate players that can contribute right away, then the Hawks will be more committed to the near future.
Instead of two rookies, head coach Mike Budenholzer would much rather have Chris Paul and Dwight Howard join the team this summer. With plenty of cap space, Atlanta could make it happen — boy would the ATL be rocking or what? However, it’s more likely that the Hawks will settle with a free agent like Monta Ellis, who can come in and light up the stat sheet.
Getting back to the NBA draft, the Hawks could package up their first-round selections and move up in the draft. This option is probably the most likely as names like Shabazz Muhammad and Ben McLemore are just waiting for the Hawks to reel them in.
The draft is important to every team, yet Atlanta is in a unique position where they need to leave Thursday night light years better than they were on Wednesday night.