With Dejounte Murray and Trae Young leading the charge, the Hawks probably won’t spend too much at the guard position, but they need to upgrade from Aaron Holiday. There are some options in the draft, but perhaps the Hawks will look to free agency. I’ll be considering price as well as need and fit, not just best players on the board. Previous editions of this series are listed below:
13. G Shake Milton
Milton is a decent scorer who helped the Sixers carry the load when Tyrese Maxey wasn’t on the floor, and he could fill that same role pretty well in Atlanta.
12. G Damion Lee
Lee is an efficient volume scorer that the Hawks could use off the bench, especially if Phoenix decides to re-tool their roster and lets him go in free agency.
11. G Seth Curry
Curry is what he is at this point — a sniper who can give you some quality buckets off the bench. That could be a valuable role in Quin Snyder’s offense.
10. G Tre Jones (Restricted)
Tre Jones does just about everything you want a backup point guard to do, he can distribute and provide a little bit of scoring. If his shooting was a little better in 2023, I would have him much higher on this list.
9. G Lonnie Walker
Walker is a great scorer who boosted his stock in the 2023 playoffs, and I wouldn’t be shocked if he earned a big contract or stuck with the Lakers.
8. G Austin Reaves (Restricted)
Reaves may have priced himself out of Atlanta’s range, and the Lakers will have the right to match any offer he gets. He has shown he can be a quality microwave scorer in the 2023 playoffs.
7. G Gabe Vincent
One of the most exciting players from the 2023 playoffs, Vincent may parlay that into a big contract or stick with the organization that believed in him. Regardless, he would give the Hawks a lot of scoring off the bench.
6. G Jordan Clarkson (Player Option)
Clarkson may look to be a starter elsewhere after averaging over 20 points per game, but he would make for an incredible super-sixth man for Atlanta.
5. G Donte DiVincenzo (Player Option)
DiVincenzo may be too pricy for Atlanta, but he would give the Hawks a high-quality sparkplug off the bench who can get them some buckets when Trae Young and Dejounte Murray aren’t on the floor.
4. G Nickeil Alexander-Walker (Restricted)
I’d love for the Hawks to bet on NAW’s upside if the Timberwolves aren’t looking to match any offer he gets — he can score in bunches and is athletic and lengthy enough to play quality defense.
3. G Patrick Beverley
Some folks don’t like Pat Bev, but he would bring the exact type of edge the Hawks need off the bench. He’s still a quality 3-and-D point guard.
2. G Ayo Dosunmu (Restricted)
I was pretty high on Dosunmu in the 2021 NBA Draft, and the former second round pick seems like a perfect fit for the Hawks. I could see the Bucks matching any offer he gets, but Dosunmu is a tough defender who’s only 23 years old and has some upside.
1. G Jevon Carter (Player Option)
If the Bucks let Jevon Carter go, he’s going to be a sneaky good pickup for someone. I’d be happy if the Hawks were that team. He’s a defensive anchor who can distribute and shot 42% from three in 2022. The Hawks need a solid veteran presence at point guard off the bench, and Carter could lead the second unit with ease.
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