The Hawks are currently in position to have four selections – two first- and second-round picks – at the NBA Draft this June. With six games remaining in the regular season, the Hawks are likely to get an extra pick in each round via the Rockets as part of separate deals. The Rockets have not clinched a playoff berth but currently sit in seventh place in the Western Conference. The have a three game lead over the Lakers for the eighth and final playoff spot and a 3-1/2 game lead over the Jazz for ninth. If the Rockets make the playoffs, the Hawks will get their first-round pick in 2013. The selection, which is top-14 protected, would come from the Nets as part of the Joe Johnson trade. Should the Hawks not get the pick this year, it is top-14 protected from 2014-16. If the Hawks don’t receive a first-round pick from the Nets, via the Rockets, by 2016 then the Hawks will receive the Rockets second-round pick and cash in 2017. The Hawks are also in position to get the Rockets’ second-round pick, which is top-40 protected, that comes from a July 14, 2009 trade that sent David Anderson to Houston. The NBA draft will be held June 27. The Hawks could use the draft picks in a variety of ways, including trade before or after the selection process.
Hawks in position to have four draft picks
Atlanta Journal-Constitution | Apr 5