For the second year in a row, my dear friend Coach Jim Gaylor keeps the tradition of the Atlanta Hawks NBA Draft Depth Chart going. Last year, Gaylor’s highest-rated available players when the Hawks picked were Skal Labissiere and DeAndre Bembry. Labissiere lasted all the way to the 28th pick but proved to be among the steals of the draft. Gaylor told me he should have been in his top three.
In 2013 I started the Depth Chart tradition and, like Gaylor last year, got one of Atlanta’s picks right. My highest rated available when the Hawks picked were Lucas Nogueira and Gorgui Dieng. The jury is still out on Nogueira while Dieng has long been established as a rotation player. I wasn’t high enough on Dennis Schroder, who was the one pick former Hawks GM Danny Ferry got right.
Then in 2014, I struck gold with Rodney Hood as my 11th-rated prospect while Ferry blew another first round pick on Adreian Payne. In my last year doing the depth chart before handing it off to Coach Gaylor, the pickings were pretty slim. With Ferry out of the picture, Atlanta’s new front office tandem of Mike Budenholzer and Wes Wilcox traded the Hawks’ pick to land Tim Hardaway Jr. This turned out to be a prescient move. My top pick, Sam Dekker, has yet to prove anything at the next level. Kelly Oubre was probably at the top of a lot of boards where Atlanta picked, but Hardaway vastly outplayed him in the playoffs.
So once again, here’s RepATL’s 2017 Atlanta Hawks NBA Draft Depth Chart. Sirs not appearing in this film include Lauri Markkanen and Dennis Smith. Coach Gaylor likes every player on this list better as a prospect than either player. Given Gaylor’s track record of projecting future stars like Kawhi Leonard and CJ McCollum, I’m not inclined to argue.