Hawks make significant organizational shake-up ahead of NBA Draft

NBA: APR 04 Hawks at Bulls

The Hawks are gearing up for a potential franchise-altering decision with the No. 1 overall pick.

There’s been a ton of speculation around who Atlanta will target with their top selection, with most believing it’s between Zaccharie Risacher and Donovan Clingan, even though Alex Sarr has been the consensus top prospect in a class with no consensus top prospect.

The reason for that could be that Sarr’s representatives don’t want him in Atlanta, which is a rumor relayed by Jake Fischer.

The murmurs are that Sarr’s reps don’t see him as a 5, and with Jalen Johnson in the fold, there’s not an obvious schematic fit with the Hawks. Regardless of the reason, it’s a terrible look for Atlanta if it’s true.

At this point, Zaccharie Risacher and Donovan Clingan seem to be the favorites to be the first player off the board, but there’s still plenty of time for things to change.

A break from the normal rumors and reports of the NBA Draft, the Hawks made a significant organizational shake-up by hiring 49ers head of player health and performance Ben Peterson as VP of player health and performance.

As Tom Pelissero notes, Peterson is well-regarded and has overseen athletic training, functional performance, nutrition, and strength and conditioning since 2019.

For the Hawks, this could be in response to all of the injuries the club dealt with this season. At different points, Trae Young, Jalen Johnson, Onyeka Okongwu, Saddiq Bey, and De’Andre Hunter all missed significant time.

It’s, at the very least, a notable change this close to the NBA Draft.

Photographer: Melissa Tamez/Icon Sportswire

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