The NBA lottery is on Tuesday night and the Atlanta Hawks have as good a chance as any to win the top spot in next month’s draft. Who the team will select with whatever pick they get is anyone’s guess but who the Hawks have selected in the lottery since 2000 is on the record.
The picks were both great (Al Horford) and not so great (Does anyone remember the DerMarr Johnson pick? I didn’t think so.)
The Hawks streak of 10 straight playoff appearances ended this season and thus they are in the midst of what is a lottery pick on the eve of the NBA draft.
The franchise has had made six lottery-pick selections since 2000 (Milwaukee Bucks veteran Jason Terry was the 1oth overall pick to Atlanta in 1999) and has not always been very good at picking amongst the first dozen or so picks in the draft.
2000 — DerMarr Johnson, 6th overall, and 2001 Pau Gasol, 3rd overall, were traded to Memphis. Gasol has gone on to win multiple NBA championships as a key cog to the teams he has played on.
2004 — Josh Childress, 6th overall: In four seasons with the Hawks Childress never averaged more than 13 points per game and has not played in the NBA since playing four games for the New Orleans Pelicans during the 2013-14 season.
2005 — Marvin Williams, 2nd overall: Williams was drafted ahead of both Chris Paul and Deron Williams, both point guards have gone on to have excellent careers, arguably better than Williams’. Paul will be playing in his first conference championships as the Houston Rockets take on defending champion Golden State Warriors on Monday. Williams is currently playing for the Charlotte Hornets and averaged 9.5 points and 4.7 rebounds this season.
2006 — Sheldon Williams, 5th overall: Nuff’ said. Williams was drafted ahead of Brandon Roy, Rudy Gay, and J.J. Redick.
2007 — Al Horford, 3rd overall: Horford and the Boston Celtics will open the Eastern Conference Finals at home against the Cleveland Cavaliers on Sunday afternoon. Horford, a five-time all-star, averaged 17 points, over eight rebounds, three assists and 1.3 blocks per game during the Celtics 12 playoff games this season.
Previous Hawks lottery picks: Terry in 1999; Rumeal Robinson 10th in 1990; Stacey Augmon 9th in 1991; and Adam Keef, 10th in 1992.