15. Atlanta Hawks choose Jett Howard
The Hawks are facing a crucial offseason. They reached the conference finals in 2021, but back-to-back first-round playoff exits are not good enough for a roster pushing the NBA’s new second tax apron. Atlanta shook up their front office and coaching staff midseason leaving their roster next on the agenda.
The Hawks desperately need shooting and floor spacing around Trae Young and Dejounte Murray after finishing 28th in 3-pointers attempted and 21st in 3-point percentage last season.
Jett Howard is the son of Michigan head coach and 19-year NBA veteran Juwan. He grew up around the game and is ready to make an impact immediately. Jett shot 36.8 percent on his 212 3-point attempts for the Wolverines last season, and he is comfortable shooting off movement.
There are questions about his defense, but Howard is 6’8 with a high basketball IQ. He should be able to hold his own and his ability to handle the ball and make smart passes further improves his draft stock. The 19-year-old plays hard and figures to have a long NBA career.
The Atlanta Hawks need shooting and want to win now. Jett Howard should be able to contribute quickly, even if he lacks the upside of some of the prospects around him. Getting a rotation player for the next 15 years is good value in the middle of the first round.