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2014 NBA Draft: 5 First-Round Options for Atlanta Hawks

2014 NBA Draft: 5 First-Round Options for Atlanta Hawks

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The Atlanta Hawks will have the 15th overall pick in the 2014 NBA Draft and with a backcourt consisting of Jeff Teague, Lou Williams, John Jenkins and Dennis Schroeder, the Hawks figure to target frontcourt help. Picking where they are, many of the best frontcourt options will be off the board, but there is still some good value to be had depending on what Atlanta is looking for.

5. Cleanthony Early, SF, Wichita State

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5. Cleanthony Early, SF, Wichita State

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Cleanthony Early made a name for himself playing for the Wichita State that went undefeated until the second round of the NCAA tournament. Early is a natural scorer with a good outside shot, and he's also a solid perimeter defender. With Mike Scott a restricted free agent this offseason, the Hawks could guard against him getting a deal too rich for their blood by taking the multi-talented Early.

4. Clint Capela, PF, Switzerland

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4. Clint Capela, PF, Switzerland

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The Hawks are no strangers to selecting overseas players and stashing them for a few seasons. Just last season, they used both of their first-round picks on such players in Dennis Schroeder and Lucas Nogueira. As a result, it wouldn't be a surprise for them to go that route again with Capela, an uber-athletic big man who needs to find a way to translate his athletic gifts into consistent production.

3. Doug McDermott, SF, Creighton

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3. Doug McDermott, SF, Creighton

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McDermott may not be available by the time the Hawks come to the podium, but if he is, he's not a bad choice at this spot. While he might seem a bit superfluous with Kyle Korver already on the roster, McDermott could fill the role possibly vacated by Mike Scott and serve as a backup to Korver. While McDermott's effectiveness in the quicker NBA remains to be seen, there's no reason to think he couldn't be an efficient scorer off the bench.

2. Dario Saric, SF/PF, Croatia

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2. Dario Saric, SF/PF, Croatia

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Dario Saric is being pegged as a lottery pick, but things can change suddenly in the draft, especially with international prospects. Saric is listed as a power forward, but he's very slight of build, and his game is more perimeter-oriented. Despite being 6-foot-10, Saric plays more like a wing player although he doesn't have a great shot. That said, he could fill a role in Atlanta when he eventually comes over regardless of where he plays.

1. Adreian Payne, PF, Michigan State

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1. Adreian Payne, PF, Michigan State

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Adreian Payne could find himself in the lottery, but with this draft being as deep as it is, he could fall back a bit. Payne is a very intriguing prospect as a big man who can hold his own in the paint, but who can also step out and hit the outside jumper. Payne is also incredibly athletic, which he uses to his advantage on both sides of the floor. Atlanta would be thrilled to see him available at 15.