After landing the No. 6 overall pick in last week’s draft lottery, Hawks general manager Travis Schlenk is prepared to take the top player on the team’s board at that spot, but will also consider the possibility of trading up, as he did a year ago, or down, as he did in 2018.
“We’ve proven that we’re not afraid to move one direction or the other in the draft, so we’ll see what options are out there on that front,” Schlenk said, according to Chris Kirschner of The Athletic. “If we stay at six, we’re going to take the player we feel like is going to be the best player long-term. If we create competition with some of our other young guys because they play the same position, there’s nothing wrong with that. That’s healthy. You can never have too many good players. That’s not a problem.”
As Kirschner notes, the Hawks have been willing in the last couple years to let their lottery picks to see the court “early and often,” allowing them to play through their mistakes. With expectations increasing for 2020/21, that no longer figures to be the case — newcomers and incumbent players alike will have to show they’re deserving of minutes.
“I think it’ll be more of a situation where you have to earn (playing time) as opposed to be given, which is good,” Schlenk said of the potential No. 6 pick (Twitter link via Sarah Spencer of The Atlanta Journal-Constitution). “And the same for the guys that are on our roster.”
Here’s more on the Hawks:
- According to Kirschner, Schlenk feels confident that he has spoken to just about every prospect who is likely to be selected between No. 6 and No. 50 (Atlanta’s second-round pick) in the 2020 draft. In a typical year, that wouldn’t be the case, so that has been a silver lining of having to scout via Zoom.
- The Hawks and Vince Carter have had preliminary talks about him taking on a role with the team, sources tell Shams Charania of The Athletic. Nothing is imminent, Charania adds. Carter has spoken in the past about wanting to pursue a broadcasting role or to get involved in team ownership, but it’s not clear what sort of role he and the Hawks might have discussed.
- While the Hawks’ roster remains “unfinished,” the addition of Clint Capela gives the franchise a more promising nucleus heading into the 2020/21 season, according to Mark Bradley of The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, who says it’s time for the club to start showing the fruits of its rebuilding labors.
12 thoughts on “Hawks Notes: No. 6 Pick, Draft, Carter, Capela”
Always take the best player available. Never draft for need.
Warriors drafted for Need for years and years and always came away with chumps. Patrick O’Bryant, Ike diogu, Todd Fuller in the top 10 or 11. Juri Welsh, Michael Pietrus at ~ 17 or 18.
The worst was picking Joe Smith over Antonio McDyess. 1995 or so. Warriors pick Joe Smith because they needed a little bit of everything and that’s what Joe Smith was. He could score a little he could rebound a little he could pass a little defend a little block shots a little. But Antonio McDyess was the best athlete and wound up being the better player especially in the beginning. Oh my Warriors.. those were rough years.
Portland Trail Blazers 1984. We need a center and we already have Clyde Drexler at the shooting guard. We’re going to pick the best center available. We’re going to take Sam Bowie. Bobby Knight caught wind of this and said you idiots. Pick Michael Jordan and play him at Center.
well said Gary. You take the best player and build your team around that.
Trying to determine who that is is a whole nother matter LOL.
Exactly. The Celtics are doing pretty damn well with Tatum, Brown and Hayward on the floor and they typically play the same position. If you’ve got a good coach, he can make the pieces fit.
Talent is better than fit, but evaluating fitness while it’s attainable is a talent.
IDK what the selling point for Joe Smith was, but he quickly became Reboundin’Rookie Joe Smith, pretty one-dimensional, and a bit disappointing otherwise. Alabama’s McDyess on the other hand, executed the greatest slamdunk I’ve ever seen, though since I haven’t seen it since IDK if it has been surpassed. Probably, but I wasn’t expecting much when I tuned into an Alabama BB game, and there it was… he took off from near the FT line, met the rebound halfway, and slammed it through. Well. Usually I find dunks dull.
He didn’t show great skills but he had time to learn and got some.
Some don’t though and they mostly just aggravate.
This draft with even talent and no combyne will expose GM talent.
It’s refreshing to see a Warriors fan that was a fan during the hard times
Oh my goodness. Adonel Foyle? A first-round pick for a 6-9 center from Colgate ?LOL. Oh I know you feel my pain. They picked him like number 9 or 11 or something like that. Crazy.
How about when they had three first-round picks and tried to get the Clippers to trade those for benoite Benjamin? Couldn’t find a taker wound up picking Chris Gatling who was okay for a little while, Victor Alexander who started at Center at 6 9 his rookie year but flamed out after just a couple years and then Sean Vandever who never played a second in the NBA. What a waste of 1st rounders. I could go on and on.
After signing 6th pick, Hawks need to spend $42 million dollars to meet team minimum salary requirement.
How can they do?
Take Horford or Harris contract?
How many first round picks as a compensation.
Hunter ,Collins,Capela is a nice front line. They can defend small or big lineup. All young and talented. They just need mins. Oladipo fits in nice with this team, and Trae. At # 6 they probably have a shot at Okongwu or Toppin. Either could start next to Capela. Now they can move Collins for a SG. A nice one. Plenty teams would love Collins. Maybe Halliburton, Hayes, Demi. All solid picks. BPA probably will be Okongwu. Cavs not passing on Toppin. So called experts all say this draft. Is lacking top talent. But how many stars are in a draft every yr. This lottery is full of future starters and solid rotation players. That’s what every lottery team needs. Do you job and scout. In the end there will be a few stars. I like Hawks roster. Capela is good asset.
Well Said, and Well Thought Out!!!
That Doncic for Trae Young deal will continue to haunt Atlanta for years to come. Young is very good but Doncic is a generational talent.
Young 2020 stats. 29.6 pts, 4.3 reb, 8.3 ast,
4.8 TO in 35.3 mins. Shot 44% FG 86 % FT
Plus Hawks got Cam Reddish with trade too. So I wouldn’t say Haunt them. But I agree with you. I would rather have Doncic. It’s not as one sided is all.
Doncic 2020 stats. 28.8 pts, 9.4 reb, 8.8 ast,
4.3 TO in 33.6 mins. Shot 46% FG. 76% FT