Atlanta Hawks: 2020 NBA Draft Preview

by November 12, 2020
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Tyrese Haliburton

With a projected $44.3 million in cap space this offseason and a desire to be a contending team, the Hawks may decide that it’s in their best interest to pursue a highly coveted free agent or trade their first-round pick to acquire an established player that would aid them in their playoff push.

They may even want to use their cap space to sign one or two high quality free agents to supplement their rotation while using the bulk of it to facilitate the trade for a star.

Nonetheless, with the trade market scarce on All-Star talent, Atlanta may be forced to keep their first-round pick no matter what they desire.

Related: Full Atlanta Hawks 2020 Salary Cap Preview

2020 NBA Draft Picks

No. 6 overallNo. 50 overall

Hawks Draft Needs

The Hawks have one of the best young cores in the league and with the sixth overall pick in the 2020 NBA Draft, they can add a solid young player that will them keep their potential championship window open for a considerable amount of time.

Looking at the roster, Atlanta could use another shooting guard but a combo guard would be ideal. Not just because they need to find ways to address what happens if Trae Young isn’t available but because they need to find ways to generate offense without Young being on the court.

Last season, with Young on the court, the Hawks’ offensive rating was 112.6. With him off of the court, their offensive rating plummeted to 98.5.

Atlanta also needs to address the depth behind starter John Collins. Collins has developed into a big man who’s equally proficient around the rim and the perimeter, so it may be difficult to find a player who can replicate that. However, the 2020 NBA Draft is littered with power forward (and combo forward) prospects.

2020 NBA Draft Prospect Watchlist

No 6. overallNo. 50 overall
SG Anthony Edwards, GeorgiaPG Grant Riller, Charleston
PF Obi Toppin, DaytonPG Cassius Winston, Michigan St.
F-C Onyeka Okongwu, USCPF Yoeli Childs, Brigham Young
G-F Isaac Okoro, AuburnPF Mamadi Diakite, Virginia
PF Patrick Williams, Florida St.SG Jay Scrubb, John A. Logan

What The Mocks Are Saying

The RingerDevin Vassell (No. 9 via trade)
The AthleticTyrese Haliburton (No. 6), Jay Scrubb (No. 50)
USA TODAY SportsTyrese Haliburton (No. 6)
CBS SportsOnyeka Okongwu (No. 6)
The ScoreIsaac Okoro (No. 6)

Projected Roster

PGTrae Young
SGKevin Huerter
SFCam Reddish
SFDe’Andre Hunter
PFJohn Collins
CBruno Fernando
CDewayne Dedmon
CClint Capela

Team-by-Team NBA Draft Guides

AtlanticCentralSoutheast
BostonChicagoAtlanta
BrooklynClevelandCharlotte
New YorkDetroitMiami
PhiladelphiaIndianaOrlando
TorontoMilwaukeeWashington
NorthwestPacificSouthwest
DenverGolden StateDallas
MinnesotaLA ClippersMemphis
Oklahoma LA LakersNew Orleans
PortlandPhoenixHouston
UtahSacramentoSan Antonio

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