The Terrible Decisions of the Atlanta Hawks

December 17th, 2009 by Tyler Davis Leave a reply »
Throughout the entire decade, the Atlanta Hawks have had to overcome many terrible draft picks, trades, and signings. Over the past six seasons, the Hawks have made steady improvement which is why they are now considered one of the best teams in the NBA. While there have been a few good front office decisions, here are some of the many boneheaded moves that haunted this franchise for years.

-In the Hawks first draft pick of the 2000s, they decided to take Cincinnati player Demarr Johnson over Hedo Turkoglu, Jamal Crawford, and Quentin Richardson. Johnson played all of 7 seasons in the NBA and averaged 6.2 points per game in his career.

-The following year in 2001, the Hawks made two great draft choices in Paul Gasol and Jamaal Tinsley in the first round. However, they traded both of them on draft night gathering only Shareef-Abdur Rahim and a future first round pick. While Rahim was an All-Star caliber player at the time, he never was the dominant force in Atlanta that had made him a star in Vancouver.

-In 2003, the Hawks, following then General Manager Billy Knight's desire to have five 6'8'' starters, drafted utility man Boris Diaw with the 21 ...

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