YouTube clip of the day June 26 2007
Two days before the NBA draft Thursday, SI.com's Kelly Dwyr takes the occasion to rank the NBA's general managers. According to the list, the Hawks' Billy Knight should be grateful that Michael Jordan and Kevin McHale are in the NBA; otherwise, Knight would have ranked dead last. Writes Dwyr:
Knight is the biggest reason why the Hawks can't get out of the lottery. For starters, Knight continually suggests that he's often after the best player available in the draft, which would be an admirable philosophy if he actually selected the best players available. Instead, the Hawks have gone with Josh Childress (instead of Luol Deng, Andre Iguodala or Al Jefferson), Marvin Williams (instead of Chris Paul or Deron Williams), and Shelden Williams (instead of Brandon Roy, Randy Foye or Rudy Gay) in three consecutive drafts. He also sent two first-round picks and Boris Diaw to Phoenix for the right to pay Joe Johnson.
Bottom line: The Hawks are stuck with a swingman-heavy roster of young talent. If they keep their two lottery picks (third and 11th), they'll be a few million under the salary cap this summer, though we're not entirely sure if this is a good thing. Knight's two veteran signings from last summer, Speedy Claxton and Lorenzen Wright, were two of the worst rotation players in the NBA in 2006-07.
And now, without further ado, Fresh Loaf's look at the possible Hawks to come out of the draft. This is something of a long shot, but today: Florida's JoaKim Noah.