Tuesday, May 18, 2010

Why We Should Care About the Lottery?


So, yes - it's been a few years since we've had a hand in the lottery, but don't let that feeling give you any false sense that this lottery has no meaning to Hawks fans. You should absolutely be cheering from some teams during the lottery tonight. Any team that has an asset that will be a duplication of skill is on our wish list. Who do I think that should include? Well, we're glad you asked...

1. New Orleans Hornets - That's right, I have all my hopes on the Hornets winning the lottery. In a year when they won a Super Bowl, God should continue to shine down brightly on New Orleans in a sporting sense in a way that might not be how He's viewing their environmental, coastal, and political needs. A team that has the sublime Chris Paul and a budding Darren Collison should surely want to win the lottery, so that they can be faced with the trade possibilities that would come from having a shot at John Wall. Surely, the Hawks would take every effort to dangle Bibby, Teague, Williams, our draft picks, and anything else needed to put a franchise level point guard in Atlanta. This is our #1 focus for the draft and you can't convince me otherwise.

2. New Jersey Nets - So, we'll go from the pipe dream to the reality of the matter. If John Wall is the #1 pick of the Nets, that leaves a pretty talented Devin Harris on the chopping block. And if that's available - I say ...LET'S GET READY TO RUMBLE!!!!! That's right - I see a Marvin Williams and Mike Bibby trade that should ready to go with a draft pick (future draft picks even) to make certain that we have a good quality point guard to work with.

Philadelphia and Minnesota also fall into this category, though I'm not convinced that their point guards are going to be better than Jeff Teague at this stage. So, if that's the case, then you can only hope that shooting for the fences might be the prudent way to get us a dominant young guard in what is a mostly guard driven league.

Make that happen and THEN, we can discuss what our next steps are for asking Joe Johnson or another talent in the league to join us in the A-Town...


Jesse said...

Looks like the basketball gods poured water on your fire with the lottery. With the issues surrounding Arenas and Crit, I see no reason why they would trade away the number one pick. Clearly anything could happen, but unless someone is offering them three picks and a serious all-star, why would the Bullets trade away Wall?

Of course, maybe giving them about four players like we did when we traded for Bibby would be enough to do the trick. Give them Bibby, Williams, and two other fillers from the bench. Really don't see them doing that either.

ATL_Hawk_Luv said...

The Wiz aren't trading us anyone we want. They probably would trade us Crit, but I'm not sure that helps us. So, yes, the lottery was almost a good thing. Either the Sixers or the Nets would have made things interesting.

Oh well, back to finding a coach and free agency. I don't see anyone in the draft making our starting 5 (though we should spend some time doing a better job with our drafting in order to find those rotation players on the cheap.)