Hawks win 2024 NBA Draft Lottery

    There’s no consensus No. 1 pick in 2024 like there was with Victor Wembanyama a year ago, so the Hawks will have plenty of options to consider in the coming weeks. French big man Alexandre Sarr, French forward Zaccharie Risacher, UConn center Donovan Clingan, G League Ignite wing Ron Holland, Serbian point guard Nikola Topic and Kentucky guard Rob Dillingham are among the prospects expected to be in the mix for the top few picks.

    Some of those players look like better fits than others on the current Atlanta roster, but there has been an expectation that the Hawks will make some significant changes this summer, with Trae Young and Dejounte Murray considered possible trade candidates. Atlanta’s front office will have to take those potential moves into account as it weighs what to do with the No. 1 pick.

    Washington, Houston and San Antonio are among the other big winners of draft lottery day. The Wizards entered the day ranked second in the pre-lottery order and no team had better odds at the top pick, but they also had just a 27.4 percent chance to remain in the top two, so they can’t complain about the outcome. 

    It will be the second lottery pick for the current front office, which will get the opportunity to add another building block to last year’s No. 7 overall selection, Bilal Coulibaly.

    The Rockets‘ pick at No. 12 will be sent to the Thunder as a result of 2019’s Russell Westbrook trade, but Houston will pick third overall thanks to one of the unprotected Nets first-rounders that was included in the 2021 James Harden blockbuster. Before the lottery, that pick had just the ninth-best odds to move into the top three (14.5 percent).

    A report this week stated that the Rockets are interested in trading their lottery selection for future draft assets after having made nine first-round picks in the past three years. Assuming Houston’s stance hasn’t changed following the lottery results, the fact that the pick is now No. 3 instead of No. 9 should significantly improve its value on the trade market.

    The Spurs, meanwhile, had an eventful lottery day, landing a pair of picks in the top eight as they look to build out a contending team around Wembanyama. Their own pick moved up one spot, from No. 5 in the pre-lottery order to No. 4, and they also secured a second pick as a result of Toronto dropping from No. 6 to No. 8.

    The Raptors traded their top-six protected 2024 first-round pick to San Antonio in a package for Jakob Poeltl last year and would have retained it if no teams had leapfrogged them into the top four. 

    Because Atlanta and Houston both moved up, that No. 8 pick will be controlled by the Spurs — the Raptors’ obligation to San Antonio is complete and they’ll control all their own first-rounders beginning in 2025.

    It’s another disappointing lottery day for the Pistons, who — for a second consecutive year — finished with the NBA’s worst record and ended up with the No. 5 overall pick. 

    For what it’s worth, Detroit only had about a 50-50 chance in each case to land in the top four due to the flatter nature of the odds under the NBA’s current format. 

    Still, losing that coin flip in back-to-back years is an unfortunate outcome for a Pistons team whose rebuilding process hasn’t progressed as the organization has hoped.

    While no team dropped as far as the Pistons (four spots), the Hornets (No. 3 to No. 6), Trail Blazers (No. 4 to No. 7), Grizzlies (No. 7 to No. 9) and Jazz (No. 8 to No. 10) also moved back multiple spots.

    If Utah had dropped one more spot, the Jazz would’ve owed their top-10 protected first-round pick to the Thunder, but that obligation will roll over to 2025 instead — the pick will retain its top-10 protection next year.

    The Wizards, Pistons, Hornets, Trail Blazers and Kings also had traded picks fall into their protected range and will owe their 2025 first-rounders to rival teams. 

    The Knicks will receive Washington’s 2025 pick if it’s not in the top 10 and Detroit’s pick if it’s not in the top 13. The Spurs will control Charlotte’s lottery-protected 2025 pick; the Bulls will get Portland’s 2025 pick if it’s outside the lottery; and the Hawks will acquire the Kings’ 2025 first-rounder if it doesn’t end up in the top 12.

    Finally, it’s worth noting that the Warriors would have retained their 2024 first-rounder in the unlikely event that it moved into the top four. Because it stayed at No. 14, it was sent to Portland, and Golden State has no further obligation to the Blazers.

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