Who Should the Atlanta Hawks Consider in 2009 Draft?
The Atlanta Hawks have the 19th pick in the first round of next week's NBA draft. The Hawks have several needs at every position, but they will have a dire need at the PG position if they are unable to resign Mike Bibby and Flip Murray.
I have compiled a list of a few players, in no particular order, that the Hawks should take a look at with their 19th pick.
Ty Lawson - PG - North Carolina
Lawson is a quick and balanced shooter that averaged over 16 points and 6.5 assists a game during the Tar Heels' championship run. He is a deadly transition player that will be an excellent pick up if he is still available.
James Johnson - PF - Wake Forest
Johnson is a 6'8" forward that can play both the small and power forward positions. He is a tremendous half-court player that is able to draw contact driving to the basket. He averaged 15 points and 8.5 boards a game this past season.
If the Hawks do trade Josh Smith, Johnson would be a great compliment to both C Al Horford and SF Marvin Williams.
Earl Clark - SF - Louisville
Clark averaged just over 14 points and 8.5 boards a game last season. Clark would be the choice if the team is not able to resign SF Marvin Williams.
Eric Maynor - PG - Virginia Commonwealth
Maynor averaged just under 22.5 points, 6.2 assists, and 1.7 steals a game. He just may be the purest PG in the draft, other than Stephon Curry. If Lawson is not available, the Hawks should jump all over Maynor if they feel Bibby is going to sign elsewhere.
Jodie Meeks - SG - Kentucky
Meeks averaged 23.7 points a game while nailing 117 3-pointers this past season. Meeks is a pure shooter that would be an excellent option off of the bench as a sixth man. Especially if the team is unable to re-sign Flip Murray this offseason.
Tyler Hansbrough - PF - North Carolina
Hansbrough will probably go down as one of the greatest college players of all-time. Will that transition to the next level? Hansbrough is a banger that averaged 20.7 points and 8.1 boards a game during North Carolina's championship run.
Hansbrough would be a nice addition in a line-up that would have C Al Horford, SF Marvin Williams, SG Joe Johnson, and PG Mike Bibby.
The Hawks have plenty of decisions to make over the next week and their draft will hinge on what they do with their free-agents. Will they re-sign their guards and trade Josh Smith? Will they keep Josh Smith and let Mike Bibby and Flip Murray walk? Only time will tell, let's hope the front office makes the right decision.
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