DRAFT PICKS: Round 1: #19 Round 2: #49
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After those five above, everything else is up in the air. Bibby's a free agent. Pachulia is a free agent. Their top scorer off the bench, Murray, is a free agent. Everyone after that is either raw (Morris) or always injured. Depth is a serious concern for the Hawks. If they choose not to resign Bibby or Pachulia, the Hawks could have a lot of cash to wave at this free agent class.
A center would fit the bill at No. 19. Our friends at Draft Express have the Hawks taking Ohio State pivot B.J. Mullens at that spot. But Mullens played only one season and, according to scouts, center is one of the two toughest positions to learn in the NBA. The other? Point guard. And lo and behold, the Hawks have a hole there, too, if they can't (or don't want to) re-sign Bibby. The Hawks have passed on point guards before (Chris Paul and Deron Williams come to mind in 2005) and it may be wise for them to at least entertain the thought of drafting one here. But with the 19th overall pick, would they be able to strike it rich and grab their point guard of the future there? Highly unlikely.