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2014 NBA Draft: 5 Players the Atlanta Hawks Should Target at No. 15

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2014 NBA Draft: 5 Players the Atlanta Hawks Should Target at No. 15

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The Atlanta Hawks made the playoffs this past season, but could still use some help on the wing and down low. Here are five players who could fill a void and may be available at No. 15:

5. Cleanthony Early

Cleanthony Early
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5. Cleanthony Early

Cleanthony Early
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Early is a wing who has potential on both ends of the floor, and with his athletic ability could really be a prize for the Hawks at No. 15. Kyle Korver cannot be expected to keep getting the job done in terms of being a starter on a consistent basis. Early could be that player and much more if he maximizes his upside as being an inside and out scorer and an above-average defender on the perimeter.

4. P.J. Hairston

P.J. Hairston
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4. P.J. Hairston

P.J. Hairston
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Hairston's days as a troublemaker may be over, which would be great because his career in the NBA does not have time for any nonsense off the court. When focused, Hairston can be a lights-out shooter from beyond the three-point line, and is capable of creating his own shot in the mid-range. Hairston is the kind of perimeter player the Hawks could use, and could provide tremendous value if the team could grab him at 15.

3. Adreian Payne

Adreian Payne
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3. Adreian Payne

Adreian Payne
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Payne does not have a ton of upside due to his age and lack of elite athleticism, but teams know what they are getting if they select Payne. He is a big body who can score both inside and out, as well as provide toughness inside on the defensive end. Payne is a big man who is ready to play right now, and could provide solid depth behind Paul Millsap in the Hawks' rotation.

2. Zach LaVine

Zach LaVine
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2. Zach LaVine

Zach LaVine
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LaVine is a player who has a lot of work ahead of him, but if he improves in the areas he has to, including scoring in traffic, handling the ball and creating for his teammates, he could prove to be quite a steal for anyone who selects him in the draft. LaVine could fall to the Hawks, and if he does, the team should take him instantly. LaVine could be a difference-maker in the lineup if played alongside point guard Jeff Teague.

1. James Young

James Young
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1. James Young

James Young
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Young would be the best fit for the Hawks out of any players who could fall to the team in the draft. Young has great size and length for the wing position, and provides a deep three-point shot, which the Hawks and head coach Mike Budenholzer covet in order to run the offense. Young has enough potential on the defensive end as well due to his athletic ability, and could prove to be one of the better players in the class.