We know what the draft order is now, and the Hawks will be picking 15th after the lottery was held on Tuesday night. They will be swapping picks with the Nets in the first round, but what players could they possibly target? While everyone concentrates on the Eastern Conference Finals that have just gotten underway, here’s a quick top five snapshot of some players that could be of interest to the Hawks in the first round of next month’s draft.
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5) Sam Dekker, F, Wisconsin
With Demarre Carroll a possiblity to bolt via free agency, the Hawks would have an immediate opening at small forward which is where the two time Final Four participant could slide in. He can play the 2 or the 3 and could be a potential NBA starter down the line with his range and basketball acumen.
4) Trey Lyles, F, Kentucky
With the contracts of Al Horford and Paul Millsap sure to be addressed over the summer, in could step this big man from Kentucky who has the ability to play pick and pop and could work well in this system. He’s a versatile scorer at the four, can score inside and out and can handle the ball well for a 6’10 player.
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3) Montrez Harrell, F, Louisville
The Hawks achilles heel at points this year has been on the boards and that’s where Harrell can step in and contribute. He showed the ability to consistently rebound against the top teams in the country and hold his own against players that he is two to three inches shorter than. Not the greatest shooter but his tenacity and work rate signal first round pick to me.
2) RJ Hunter, G, Georgia State
Why not keep him in-state after his miracle in the NCAA tournament? He has unlimited range and can instantly be a role player who would play the Korver role once he moved on in a few years. Hunter is a coach’s son, an extremely smart player and can thrive off the ball as a consistent threat from the perimeter.
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Measuring in as the biggest player at the combine surely didn’t hurt. When you put his tape on of some of those games late in the year especially in the tournament, you can’t help but see a productive pro. Best suited as a stretch four, he’s not the strongest guy in the world but he’s skilled, crafty and will find a way to be a 15-18 point scorer in the NBA. He’d be perfect for the system that Coach Budenholzer runs here.