Package and trade first-round picks
With three first-round selections, the Hawks instantly became a centerpiece in the rumor mill as a team that will or could make a big move. That might be the case. The three first-round draft picks are their most valuable assets. There are rumors that the Hawks could package some or all of the picks to move up or even down. The big questions are: What will it take to move up? How much could they move up? What would entice them to move back? In any package to move up, the No. 8 pick will have to be in play. A team isn’t going to let the Hawks move above No. 8 without getting the most valuable of their assets. It likely also will take either No. 10 and No. 17, or both, as well to move into the upper tier. If the Hawks have a player they like enough after Zion Williamson, Ja Morant and R.J. Barrett, this could be the move. If there isn’t such a player, the Hawks could trade back, acquire another asset (a player or pick) and still draft a player they like.
Make all three first-round picks
This is not beyond the realm of possibility, especially if the Hawks don’t get desired value in a trade up or down scenario. Schlenk has described the draft as deep and mentioned that after, say, the first three picks that evaluations will vary greatly. After Williamson, there doesn’t not appear to be a can’t-miss prospect. If that is the case, it may be better for the Hawks to take all three first-rounders and see if they hit on more than one. Last season, the Hawks took three players in the first round. Two, Trae Young and Kevin Huerter, were starters and a third, Omari Spellman, still has upside. The Hawks could try again to hit it big with three swings. “You might see guys one team has in the top 10 that another team is going to have in the 20s,” Schlenk said last week. “It’s a beauty-in-the-eye-of-the-beholder deal. We like a lot of the guys there. We like the opportunity to have … different stabs at it.”