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Realistic Draft Targets for the Atlanta Hawks
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Atlanta Hawks GM Danny Ferry and new head coach Mike Budenholzer are set to tackle their first NBA Draft together.

The Atlanta Hawks are in a precarious position heading into the offseason.

With 2013 NBA Draft only a week away, the Hawks coaching staff has yet to be fully assembled. Mike Budenholzer and his assistants, Quin Snyder and Darvin Ham, will have to work feverishly with GM Danny Ferry to formulate their blueprint for reconstructing the team.

With only three players presently guaranteed to be under contract, practically every position could be seen as a need. Fortunately, the Hawks have four draft picks, two consecutive selections in the first round (17 and 18) and two more in the second (47 and 50). For the sake of simplicity, we'll focus on prospects that are in play in the first round.

The Hawks are planning to make a run at free agent All-Stars Chris Paul and Dwight Howard, so expect them to target shooters and build frontcourt depth.

Assuming the Hawks don’t trade away their picks, let’s take a look at four of the prospects that stand a realistic chance of putting on an Atlanta jersey.

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