By Gordon Robinson

If we learned anything from watching the Atlanta Hawks in the playoffs is that this team is only a few steps away from really contending for a championship, but they need a few more pieces to possibly get over the hump.

Atlanta fans realized that the team could use someone who can create his own shot out on the perimeter and also a player to hold things down in the middle.

So we have looked at the prospects and compiled a list of five guys that may fit the Atlanta Hawks system.

1. Sam Dekker Wisconsin SF 6’9”
Dekker is more athletic than meets the eye. He has a nice shot from the outside which will help Atlanta with spacing and he also has the ability to shoot off the dribble. The downside is that at his size, is he a SF or PF?

2. Stanley Johnson Arizona SF 6’6”
Johnson would bring the aggressiveness that the Hawks need. He is a good rebounder for his size, a solid defender on the wing and he also has a nice shot from the outside. Johnson will need to reduce his turnovers to see minutes in the NBA.

3. Devin Booker Kentucky SG 6’6”
If Atlanta wants to load up with shooters then this is the guy. Booker is a smart player who is a decent defender. He is not as athletic as we would like and that may translate into him becoming strictly a spot up shooter.

4. Trey Lyles Kentucky PF 6’10”
Lyles could be drafted for free agent insurance in case of the loss of Paul Millsap or Demarre Carroll. He has a nice shot around the basket and all of the way out to the three point line. His ability to defend at the NBA level is one of the few questions regarding this young man.

5. Bobby Portis Arkansas PF 6’11”
Portis is a long and versatile forward. He can score inside and out with great ability to finish around the rim. The knock on Portis is that he can get caught up in trying to be a factor on the outside instead of the inside.

There are other players to consider with the 15th pick in the NBA Draft. Others to watch includes Myles Turner (Texas), RJ Hunter (GA State) and any guy from Europe that the team has had their eye on.

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