The Atlanta Hawks went international and got Raul Neto from Brazil with the 47th pick in the NBA Draft. The Hawks are looking to get their own Ricky Rubio, whose game has been compared to Steve Nash. In Neto, the Hawks get an explosive point guard who will come in right away and be electric. The Hawks will have to change their gameplay, as they are not known as a run and gun team, and that’s the type of explosiveness that Neto will bring to this team. The Hawks could be in a state of rebuilding if they get rid of Josh Smith and choose to build around Al Horford.
Neto will have to compete with Dennis Schroeder for playing time, but could settle in and make a nice sixth man for the team. With the Hawks drafting two point guards in tonight’s draft that could spell the end for Jeff Teague. If the Hawks are deciding to rebuild, they would have great trade value in both Smith and Teague. Teague is a free agent, and the Hawks might feel it’s time to move on, but wouldn’t you find your replacement in a guy like Schroeder. There was still plenty of talent at the other positions that the Hawks could have used, but to use it on another point guard is a bit baffling to me.
Should they start a rebuild in Atlanta? Maybe it works out; Danny Ferry is good at rebuilding teams. He might see something I don’t because I don’t see why the Hawks would go this route.
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