Record: 24-58 (Last in Eastern Conference)
Coach: Lloyd Pierce, 1st season
17-18 starting PG: Dennis Schroder, 24 (19.4 ppg, 6.2 apg, 17.3 Player Efficiency Rating)
Last 1st-round pick: 2017, No. 19; John Collins, PF, Wake Forest
• Season recap: Without Paul Millsap, Dwight Howard or Kyle Korver, the Hawks were expected to struggle, but not this much. The worst record in the Eastern Conference resulted in coach Mike Budenholzer being fired. The disappointment continued as the Hawks were jumped in the lottery by the Sacramento Kings, and leading scorer, point guard Dennis Schroder, asked for a trade.
• Why they’ll pick Young: Schroder, in year two of a four-year $70 million contract, doesn’t want to be part of the Hawks rebuild, which means drafting Young could give them their future point guard. The biggest issue for Schroder was his 3-point shooting, which dropped from 34 to 29 percent. Young provides an immediate upgrade in that area. He could give plenty of floor spacing for the developing Taurean Waller-Prince, a 6-foot-8 small forward who led the team with 176 made 3s last season, and 20-year-old power forward John Collins, who had a team-high player efficiency rating of 18.3, averaging 10.5 points and 7.3 rebounds as a rookie.
• Why they won’t: Taking Young means potentially passing on European shooting guard Luka Doncic, Duke power forward Marvin Bagley or even Michigan State power forward Jerren Jackson Jr. That’s a tough call. Doncic is an elite passer and shooter, while adding athleticism and size, at 6-7. The 6-11 Bagley is an athletic freak, capable of guarding multiple positions and scoring in a variety of ways. Then, there’s Jackson Jr., who averaged 5.0 blocks this season, more than even 7-1 Texas center Mohamed Bamba. Unless, of course, Atlanta is looking to trade down, which has been a rumor recently.
Just missed the cut: Philadelphia at No. 10, Los Angeles Clippers at No. 12, Phoenix Suns trade up from No. 16.