Pre-Draft Analysis

Areas Of Strength
The Hawks have a recent history of reconstituting the roster after each and every season, regardless of who departs via free agency or trade. They got started on this notion before the Draft, sending Dwight Howard and the No. 31 pick in this Draft to the Charlotte Hornets for Marco Belinelli, Miles Plumlee and the No. 41 pick. Still, there has always been a returning core of players who have are well-versed in coach Mike Budenholzer's system to carry on the team's current string of 10 straight postseason appearances. And that is mostly true again this time around, though there aren’t any current returning All-Stars on the list (Paul Millsap is a free agent) for the first time in three years.

Needs Work
New general manager Travis Schlenk has a monstrous task ahead of him, first trying to figure out the right things to do with (and the more specifically the right amounts to pay) free agents Millsap and Tim Hardaway Jr. this summer. It’s Schlenk’s first order of business, after the Draft, since coming over to run the Hawks’ basketball operation after some 15 years working inside the Golden State Warriors’ basketball operation. Schlenk has basically half a roster to replenish, with huge holes to fill at power forward and shooting guard.

Two Stats That Matter
27 -- The Hawks’ rank in the league in offensive rating, the lowest of any playoff team. The only other postseason team to rank in the bottom 10 was Chicago (21) and the Hawks can thank Brooklyn, Orlando and Philadelphia for keeping them out of rock bottom of the league's offensive dungeon.

14 -- The pairs of different wing combinations Budenholzer used with Schroder, Millsap and Howard in his starting five during the season. The most successful pair to join those three was Hardaway Jr. and Sefoloshao, with that five-man unit outscoring its opponents by 27.3 points per 100 possessions.

The Way To Go
NBA.com's Draft expert, Scott Howard-Cooper, offers up his suggestions:
Gauging the Hawks’ direction is a tough read with a new general manager, Travis Schlenk, who has extensive front-office experience but none as the decision maker on draft night. Picking 19th puts them in the range of several bigs – Harry Giles, Jarrett Allen, Justin Patton, Ivan Rabb – as Paul Millsap and Ersan Ilyasova head into free agency. But Terrance Ferguson would also be enticing for a team that needs perimeter shooting.

2016-17 Team Stats (points per 100 possessions, with NBA rank)
Offensive: 102.3 (27th)
Defensive: 103.1 (4th) 

Under Contract
G: Marco Belinelli
G: Kent Bazemore
G: Dennis Schroder
G: Tim Hardaway Jr.
G: Malcolm Delaney
F: Taurean Prince
F: DeAndre Bembry
C: Miles Plumlee 

Free Agents
G: Jose Calderon (unrestricted)
G: Tim Hardaway Jr. (restricted)
F: Kris Humphries (unrestricted)
F: Ersan Ilyasova (unrestricted)
F: Ryan Kelly (unrestricted)
F: Paul Millsap (unrestricted)
F: Mike Muscala (unrestricted)
F: Lamar Patterson (unrestricted)
F: Thabo Sefolosha (unrestricted)

Recent Draft History
2016: Taurean Prince (12), Deandre Bembry (21), Isaia Cordinier (44)
2015: Marcus Eriksson (50), Dimitrios Agravanis (59)
2014: Adreian Payne (15), Walter Tavares (43), Lamar Patterson (48) 
2013: Lucas Nogueira (16), Dennis Schroder (17), Mike Muscala (44)
2012: John Jenkins (23), Mike Scott (43) 
2011: Keith Benson (48) 

 

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