The Atlanta Hawks have roughly 15 million to spend in free agency, but as I discussed in my last article, Atlanta would be better off by making key additions through the NBA Draft.
The Hawks just barely made the playoffs, knocking them out of the NBA Lottery. Since the Hawks had the worst record in the NBA of all playoff teams, they received the 15th pick in the Draft.
Atlanta needs to use its 15th and 43rd overall picks to add a legitimate play maker and some depth.
As I discussed in a possible free agent article posted earlier this month, the Hawks roster is already shaping up and there isn’t a ton of room for additions.
|Point Guards||Shooting Guards||Small Forward||Power Forward||Centers|
|Jeff Teague||Kyle Korver||Demarre Carroll||Paul Millsap||Al Horford|
|Shelvin Mack||Lou Williams||Mike Scott (likely returning)||Pero Antic|
|Dennis Schroeder||John Jenkins||Mike Muscala||Elton Brand (or Lucas Nogueira)|
This is my prediction for the roster going into next season minus free agent pickups and player acquired from the draft.
Obviously one position sticks out. The small forward position has one player, Demarre Carroll. While I love Carroll and really think he should have been considered for Most Improved Player, this is the one position the Hawks should upgrade at or at bare minimum increase the depth at that position.
While the chart shows no backup for Carroll please note Kyle Korver and Mike Scott can both move to the small forward position if needed.
The Hawks need to look at the Small Forward position in the draft, and the first round is deep in talent.
Parker and Wiggins will certainly be gone by the time Atlanta is on the clock, but Duke’s Rodney Hood, Kentucky’s James Young, North Carolina’s T.J. Warren and Dario Saric from Croatia are all mid round options that could be around when the Hawks pick.
Atlanta could also decide to draft a shooting guard and move Korver to the three or have Korver come off the bench.
Michigan’s Nik Stauskas and UCLA’s Zach LaVine are options at the shooting guard position.
With only one year left on Paul Millsap’s contract, the Hawks might look for a power forward to eventually replace Millsap after next season.
Michigan State’s Adreian Payne, Creighton’s Doug McDermott and Clint Capela from Switzerland are all possible candidates.
Like always, I want to hear back from the readers, so feel free to comment below or tweet me @briangarcia0724.
Tell me what position you think needs an upgrade and who could be potential draft candidates for the Hawks!