NBA Draft 2012: Hawks and Teams That Must Not Make Drastic Moves
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The Atlanta Hawks, Philadelphia 76ers and Chicago Bulls don't need to make a drastic blockbuster move in order to take the next step. The best way to improve every year in the NBA is to build a team, not blow it up.
Philadelphia 76ers, 15th overall
The 76ers had a very good season this year, earning the 8 seed and winning a playoff series after not being expected to even make the playoffs in 2011-2012. They currently have seven players under team control for the 2012-2013 season and their biggest needs are for a big man down low. They should take Arnett Moultrie to have him play center.
By taking the athletic big man from Mississippi State, the 76ers will create one of the most talented front courts in the NBA. They will be able to combine Moultrie's athleticism and awesome size to have their own player that can compare to Jermaine O'Neal.
Chicago Bulls, 29th overall
The Bulls were the best team in the east this year until Derrick Rose went down with a bad injury to his ACL in the playoffs. They have 11 players still under contract but there is speculation about them making a trade for the Magic's Dwight Howard. That wouldn't be the best move for the Bulls and their title hopes in the future.
The best move for the Bulls would be to take John Jenkins out of Vanderbilt with their pick. He is one of the top scorers in the draft and should be able to compete for playing time early on. His shooting ability is off the chart and he is very reminiscent of J.J. Redick when he was in the draft.
Atlanta Hawks, 23rd overall
The Hawks have been rumored to trade Josh Smith or even completely blow up the team. However, this is the worst thing they can do. They may only have six players under contract right now, but all six of them are starting caliber players. The best thing the Hawks could do is draft Fab Melo and have him play center.
This would then allow Josh Smith and Al Horford to play their more natural positions at small and power forward. By adding a true center with size to play defense against some of the better centers in the east, the Hawks will be able to compete in the playoffs. They also will have Horford back from an injury and with a full year of Horford, the team chemistry will be better for the Hawks in 2012-2013.
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