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SB Nation Mock Expansion Draft: Atlanta Hawks protected players

August 9th, 2017 at 11:01 AM
By Sports Media 101

Jason Getz-USA TODAY Sports

The good people of SB Nation are putting together a “mock expansion draft” and every single site (read: NBA team) is jumping in the mix. In short, the Atlanta Hawks must protect eight players from their current, 14-man roster and that leaves the organization with six unprotected players for the expansion clubs to potentially nab.

Below are the choices for both categories, beginning with the unprotected group in alphabetical order.


  • Luke Babbitt – The newly-signed forward is on a bargain deal and provides a ton of shooting. With that said, it’s a one-year minimum contract and he likely isn’t a huge part of the future in Atlanta.
  • Marco Belinelli – Belinelli was the final cut from the protected section. He is appropriately paid as an offense-first bench option but the expiring deal doesn’t do him any favors here and neither does his age.
  • Nicolas Brussino – Brussino is an intriguing prospect with some upside but he is (very) raw and isn’t really in consideration at this point.
  • Malcolm Delaney – …

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