The 2019 NBA Draft was looked upon with excitement and optimism as fans descended upon State Farm Arena. Hawks supporters were treated to chicken wings, hot dogs, oversized pretzels and unlimited soft drinks. Fans were also treated to something they’re historically not used to receiving: Answered requests from management.
While the team was unable to speak on the selections of De’Andre Hunter and Bruno Fernando, the team’s selection of Cam Reddish with the 10th selection represented more than a player being drafted to an NBA city. The selection represented a statement of intent that signals the Hawks desire to be long-term players in the post-LeBron era.
“I’ve got a little chip on my shoulder to come in and prove myself,” said the 6-foot-8, 218 pound Reddish.
The Hawks’ young core consists of two twenty-year olds (Trae Young and Kevin Huerter), two 21 year olds (De’Andre Hunter and John Collins), and a nineteen year old Cam Reddish. Those prospects are scary. In addition, the Hawks have the expiring contracts of Kent Bazemore, Alan Crabbe (his trade will be official July 7th) and Alex Len, the Hawks will have room for two max contracts in the 2020-2021 season.
“We’re really excited about our draft, and I think will be even more excited about it after July 6th,” said Atlanta general manager Travis Schlenk.