The Atlanta Hawks have made the playoffs ever since our man Al Horford joined the team for the 2007-08 season. That means they have been out of the lottery for quite some time. That had me wondering, how have the Hawks actually done in the draft?
I went back and looked at our history to see if we have had any hits or misses the last ten years. Here is what I found.
- 2015 – Kelly Ombre, Jr, Marcus Eriksson, Dimitrios Agravanis
- 2014 – Adriene Payne, Walter Tavares
- 2013 – Dennis Schroder, Shane Larkin, Raul Neto, James Ennis
- 2012 – John Jenkins, Mike Scott
- 2011 – Keith Benson
- 2010 – Damion James, Pape Sy
- 2009 – Jeff Teague, Sergiy Gladyr
- 2007 – Al Horford, Acie Law
- 2006 – Shelden Williams, Solomon Jones
- 2005 – Marvin Williams, Salim Stoudamire, Cenk Akyol
Boy, looking at that list there isn’t a lot to be proud of.
Al Horford is a very good player that Atlanta got back in 2007. We talk about him all the time so we will try to focus on a few of the other players.
Jeff Teague was taken with the 19th pick in the 2009 draft. He is far and away the best choice outside of Al. He’s established himself as one of the best point guards in the Eastern Conference, which is definitely a win for a pick in the backend of the first round.
Everyone else? Blah! Marvin Williams was alright and did manage almost 15 ppg in 2008, but regressed from that point before leaving the Hawks. It’s tough to see Deron Williams and Chris Paul taken with the 3rd and 4th pick in that draft right after Marvin. Danny Granger was taken with the 17th choice. David Lee as taken at 30 by the Knicks and had a pretty solid career.
Shelden Williams was not only one of the ugliest players to ever grace the floor, but he was also a complete flop for us. Rudy Gay was taken with the 8th spot, JJ Redick at 11, Rajon Rondo down at 21, and Kyle Lowry at 24. Outside of guards though, this was a pretty terrible draft class in general.
Acid Law was terrible as a rookie and didn’t last in the league long. That’s another draft that after Noah at 9 didn’t see any player make a real impact in the league.
Dennis Schroder might end up being something special. He’s only 22 years old and has shown improvement quickly. I like how he’s trending and he could be a poor man’s Rondo.
I thought Payne might be a decent pro, but he was a total bust for us.
So, one of the reasons Atlanta hasn’t quite been able to get over the hump has been their poor drafting the last several years. I know getting late choices isn’t making things easy, but we need to hit with someone in the next couple of years or we are going to go through a real dry spell as our guys age.