5 Notable Hawks lottery picks of last 30 years

Hawks’ lottery choices haven’t always panned out

Since 1981, the Atlanta Hawks have had more than a dozen draft lottery picks.

Following Tuesday’s draft lottery, the Hawks know they will start with five picks — two in the first round at No. 8 and 10 and three in the second round at No. 35, 41 and 44.

The Hawks have been savvy about trading within the top 10. The last time they had a lottery pick, they swapped selections with Dallas to land Trae Young. In 2007, they were the fourth slotted team. They moved up one spot and selected Al Horford with the third overall pick. In 2006, they dropped from fourth to fifth. In 2005, they dropped from first to second. In 2004, they remained at sixth. In 2001, they moved up from fifth to third. In 2000, they fell from fifth to sixth.

Some players were eventually traded away.

Some of the choices have led to yearslong second-guessing. Jon Koncak over Chris Mullin, Karl Malone, Joe Dumars. Marvin Williams over Chris Paul. Shelden Williams fifth overall. 

Here’s a look at the Hawks’ lottery picks over the last three decades: 

1981, 4th overall: Al Wood, G, North Carolina 

Played in just 19 games with Atlanta, before being traded to the San Diego Clippers. 

1982, 10th overall: Keith Edmonson, G, Purdue 

Made two starts in 32 games for Hawks. His rights were sold to San Antonio Spurs the following season. 

1985, 5th overall: Jon Koncak, C, SMU 

Koncak played 10 seasons in Atlanta, averaging 4.6 points and 5.0 rebounds in 717 games. Forever known as ‘Jon Contract’ for the six-year, $13 million contract he received in 1989, an unheard of deal for a part-time starter. 

1990, 10th overall: Rumeal Robinson, PG, Michigan 

After winning an NCAA title as a junior he was selected by Atlanta, where he averaged 10.3 points and 4.5 assists in two seasons before being traded to New Jersey in exchange for Mookie Blaylock and Roy Hinson. 

1991, 9th overall: Stacey Augmon, F, UNLV 

Started all 82 games as a rookie. In five seasons in Atlanta, he averaged 13.7 points and 4.5 rebounds. He was traded in 1996 to Detroit for a number of draft picks. 

1992, 10th overall: Adam Keefe, C, Stanford 

Played two seasons in Atlanta alongside Dominique Wilkins and Kevin Willis before traded to Utah to play with Karl Malone and John Stockton. 

1999, 10th overall: Jason Terry, G, Arizona 

Played five of his 18 NBA seasons in Atlanta, averaging 16.2 points/5.5 assists. He was traded to Dallas in 2004 for Tony Delk and Antoine Walker. 

2000, 6th overall: DerMarr Johnson, G, Cincinnati 

Hawks fell from fifth to sixth before selecting Johnson. Played two seasons in Atlanta, averaging 6.7 points/1.0 assists. He was sidelined for the 2002 season with a broken neck suffered in a car accident. 

2001, 3rd overall: Pau Gasol, C, Spain 

Hawks quickly traded the rights to Gasol for a package highlighted by veteran forward (and Wheeleer High product) Shareef Abdur-Rahim. Gasol won the Rookie of the Year. Abdur-Rahim was shipped to Portland after three seasons. 

2004, 6th overall: Josh Childress, F, Stanford 

Averaged 11.1 points and 5.6 rebounds 285 career games with the Hawks. Left the NBA in 2008 to play in Greece. Also spent time in Phoenix, Brooklyn, New Orleans, Australia and Japan since leaving Atlanta. 

2005, 2nd overall: Marvin Williams, F, North Carolina 

Hawks dropped from first to second infamously passing up notable guards Chris Paul and Deron Williams. Marvin Williams played seven seasons in Atlanta averaging 11.5 points/1.3 assists/5.3 rebounds. He was traded to Utah in 2012 for Devin Harris. 

2006, 5th overall: Shelden Williams, F, Duke 

Began as a starter but fell out of rotation midway through rookie year. He averaged 16 minutes, scoring 4.7 points and 4.6 rebounds. He was traded to Sacramento in 2008 for Mike Bibby. 

2007, 3rd overall: Al Horford, C, Florida 

Hawks moved up one spot from fourth to pick Horford, a viable candidate for rookie of the year who averaged 10 points and 9 rebounds his first year. He was a four-time All-Star in nine seasons in Atlanta, before leaving for Boston in free agency. 

2018, 3rd overall: Luka Doncic, G, Slovenia 

Traded to Dallas in exchange for 5th overall pick Trae Young. Doncic and Young put up formidable rookie numbers. Young joined Oscar Robertson as the only rookies in NBA history to have at least 1,400 points and 600 assists in their first season. He was fourth in the NBA, among all players, in assists per game (8.1). 

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