Someone Great at 48?

Monday, May 23, 2011
By Jon Newberry

The Hawks only have one pick in the 2011 NBA Draft, and at 48 the odds are against them to select an impact player for next season.

BUT… it has been done before.

Manu Ginobili, Monta Ellis, Trevor Ariza, Paul Millsap, Marcin Gortat, and, oh yes, Zaza Pachulia were all selected 40th or higher in their respected drafts. You can add to that list the recent selections of Marcus Thornton, Chase Budinger, Chris Douglas-Roberts, Marc Gasol and Goran Dragic (all in the last four years).

There is talent each year that slips to the mid-to-late second round, it is just a matter of identifying the players and finding one that fits in your system. That is the challenge of the Hawks’ basketball operations staff this off-season.

There are two schools of thought each year entering the draft. First, you can look at your existing team and try to identify areas that need improvement. Then you choose the player that best addresses that need. The second strategy is to simply take the most talented (or potentially most talented) player available.

Whichever route the Hawks take, here’s to hoping that they can find a diamond in the rough.

Draft Details:
June 23, 2011
7:00 PM EST
Prudential Center – Newark, NJ