Since 2012, we have been evaluating the mistakes of the Hawks’ NBA draft

Since 2012, we have been evaluating the mistakes of the Hawks' NBA draft

Over the last ten years, Atlanta’s front office has had mixed results with their draught picks.

10. Onyeka Okongwu

The Hawks have 17 days until the NBA Draft in 2022, and they must make some difficult decisions. The front office has hit gold on certain nights while striking out on others during the last decade. You must learn from your mistakes in order to prevent making them again. So, let’s take a look at the Hawks’ worst first-round draught picks over the last decade.

Atlanta’s front office made a wise choice by selecting Onyeka Okongwu with the sixth overall pick in the 2020 NBA Draft. Even passing on Tyrese Haliburton, I still like the pick. There is no doubt that Okongwu is the Hawks’ center of the future.

In 2017, the Hawks snagged a diamond in the rough by selecting John Collins with the 19th overall pick. Despite role changes, roster turnover, and new coaches – Collins has thrived in Atlanta. Every season, ‘John the Baptist’ comes back with a new skill in his arsenal, which is why I’m on the record of saying it’s a bad idea to trade him. A few notable players that were selected after Collins are Jarrett Allen, OG Anunoby, Kyle Kuzma, Derrick White, and Josh Hart.

9. John Collins

8. Jalen Johnson

We still don’t know much about the Hawks 2021 first round draft pick. Jalen Johnson played historically low minutes during his rookie season. It’s worth noting that the Hawks passed on Herbert Jones and Ayo Desonmu, both of whom made the 2022 NBA All-Rookie Team.

7. Omari Spellman The 2018 Draft will forever be remembered for the Luka Doncic-Trae Young trade. But honestly, that trade was mutually beneficial (I still believe the Hawks won if you ask my opinion). But after the Hawks struck gold with the Trae Young trade, selecting Kevin Huerter with the 19th overall pick, they struck out with their third first round pick.

Looking back at it, selecting Omari Spellman before Jalen Brunson was obviously a miscalculation. Brunson is on the verge of a large payday, while Spellman played just 95 games before exiting the league. Fun fact, the Hawks selected Devonte’ Graham in the second round only to trade him for two second round picks. 6. John Jenkins

At this point in the article, it’s going to start feeling painful for Hawks fans. In the 2012 Draft, the Hawks selected John Jenkins with the 23rd overall pick. They passed on Miles Plumlee, Jae Crowder, Draymond Green, Khris Middleton, Will Barton, and Tomas Satoransky. 5. Cam Reddish

In 2015, the Hawks selected Kelly Oubre Jr. with the 15th pick before trading him to the Washington Wizards for Jerian Grant (the 19th overall selection) and second round picks in 2016 and 2019. Additionally, the Hawks passed on Terry Rozier, Delon Wright, Bobby Portis, Larry Nance Jr., Kevon Looney, Montrezl Harrell, Pat Connaughton, and Normal Powell. Yeah, 2015 was a rough draft for the Hawks.

4. Kelly Oubre Jr. In 2019, the Hawks selected Cam Reddish with the 10th overall pick. That was with Tyler Herro, Matisse Thybulle, Grant Williams, Jordan Poole, and Kevin Porter Jr. still on the board. What makes the situation even worse is Atlanta’s front office traded Reddish to the New York Knicks for Kevin Knox II, and a draft pick. Not much of a return on such an investment.

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