Tonight, Hawks fans will see if the tank was worth it. Their coach has now left, and the last piece of their core from the remarkable 60-win 2014-2015 team in Dennis Schroder reportedly wants out.
Of course, these types of things are to be expected when undergoing a full-scale rebuild. And with the Hawks bringing in the Sixers assistant coach in Lloyd Pierce, it could not be any clearer that is the vision for the Hawks going forward.
If the Hawks get pick number 1, it could all be worth it. Fans have been waiting for a true superstar in Atlanta ever since Dominique Wilkins left town. A shot at a talent like Deandre Ayton has not been a realistic option for a decade.
Tonight, the Hawks have a 13.7% chance at receiving the number 1 overall pick. New Orleans won the lottery with the same odds and drafted a man named Anthony Davis with their top pick not too long ago. The Hawks will need some luck on their side, but their pick can be no lower than 7th overall. They have a 42.3% chance of receiving a top 3 pick. Hopefully, Tony Ressler’s good luck charm will strike again:
Hawks owner Tony Ressler told me this on decision to have wife – Jami Gertz – at NBA draft lottery. 'She's been responsible for all my luck for the past 30 years.'
— Chris Vivlamore (@CVivlamoreAJC) May 14, 2018