ATLANTA — A few months after their disappointing first round loss to the Miami Heat, the Atlanta Hawks have their first major event for next season with Thursday’s 2022 NBA Draft.
The Hawks don’t have any glaring weaknesses positionally, but as a team, they could stand to improve their overall defense, which was fifth-worst in the league last season, according to NBA.com.
Aside from team star Trae Young and do-it-all wing DeAndre Hunter, it appears that other players available in the right trade, according to reports.
A Wednesday mock draft from Bleacher Report has the Hawks selecting shooting guard Jalen Williams out of Santa Clara, while a Monday mock draft from Sports Illustrated has the Hawks selecting shooting guard Malaki Branham out of Ohio State.
In addition to the No. 16 pick, the Hawks also are slated to pick in the second round at No. 44.
Here’s a look at the first round draft order:
2. Oklahoma City
8. New Orleans (from Los Angeles Lakers)
9. San Antonio
11. New York
12. Oklahoma City (from LA Clippers)
15. Charlotte (from New Orleans)
17. Houston (from Brooklyn)
20. San Antonio (from Toronto)
22. Memphis (from Utah)
25. San Antonio (from Boston)
28. Golden State
30. Oklahoma City (from Phoenix)
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