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We are all well aware of the implications of Zion Williamson being drafted by the New Orleans Pelicans with the #1 pick in the 2019 NBA Draft. Does Anthony Davis stay, does he still demand a trade...only time will tell.

We want to focus on the rebuild of the Atlanta Hawks here.

The NBA Lottery did not go well for them, despite having two lottery picks thanks to the Trae Young/Luka Doncic trade last year.

But still, the Atlanta Hawks are in a great position to take a huge leap forward in their rebuilding process.

From 2008-09 through the 2016-17 NBA season, the Atlanta Hawks finished above .500 eight out of nine times. They reached the Eastern Conference Finals in 2015, getting swept by LeBron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers. Kent Bazemore is the only remaining player from those teams.
Despite falling to picks 8 and 10, with Young and John Collins meshing nicely, one would think that Atlanta is looking to add a SG/SF and another big to pair with Collins.

That leaves me to believe the top 5 players on their draft board (not named Zion Williamson/Ja Morant/R.J. Barrett) includes De'Andre Hunter, Jarrett Culver, Brandon Clarke, Jaxson Hayes and Cam Reddish.

It seems safe to assume they will not be looking to draft point guards Darius Garland or Coby White. That means they should have no trouble landing two of their top five players.

No matter what they do in the draft, they need to be able to land a free agent that can provide the team with some veteran leadership. Problem is, they will be battling the New York Knicks (meh without Zion), Brooklyn Nets, Los Angeles Lakers, Los Angeles Clippers, Dallas Mavericks and Indiana Pacers who also have tons of cap space.

As the team furthest away from winning, assuming the Knicks land one of the top free agents (Kevin Durant, Kyrie Irving, Kemba Walker), the Hawks might be better suited towards focusing on the 2020 free agent class.

2019 NBA Mock Draft 1.0

1New OrleansZion WilliamsonPFDuke
2MemphisJa MorantPGMurray St.
3New YorkRJ BarrettSGDuke
4Los AngelesDarius GarlandPGVanderbilt
5ClevelandDe'Andre HunterSF/PFVirginia
6PhoenixCoby WhitePG/SGNorth Carolina
7ChicagoCam ReddishSG/SFDuke
8AtlantaJarrett CulverSGTexas Tech
9WashingtonJaxson HayesPF/CTexas
10AtlantaBrandon ClarkePF/CGonzaga
11TimberwolvesSekou DoumbouyaSF/PFFrance
12CharlotteKeldon JohnsonSG/SFKentucky
13MiamiRomeo LangfordSGIndiana
14BostonBol BolCOregon
15DetroitRui HachimuraSF/PFGonzaga
16OrlandoNickeil Alexander-WalkerSGVirginia Tech
17BrooklynNassir LittleSFNorth Carolina
18IndianaGrant WilliamsPFTennessee
19San AntonioKevin Porter Jr.SG/SFUSC
20BostonPJ WashingtonPFKentucky
21Oklahoma CtyBruno FernandoCMaryland
22BostonTyler HerroSGKentucky
23UtahTalen Horton-TuckerSG/SFIowa St.
24PhiladelphiaMatisse ThybulleSG/SFWashington
25PortlandGoga BitadzeCRep. of Georgia
26ClevelandTy JeromePGVirginia
27BrooklynEric PaschallPFVillanova
28Golden StateKZ OkpalaSG/SFStanford
29San AntonioCameron JohnsonSFNorth Carolina
30MilwaukeeDylan WindlerSG/SFBelmont

Post NBA Lottery Mock Draft