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The storm before the calm: The scenes as Hawks prepare for NBA draft

Chris Vivlamore, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution on

Published in Basketball

General manager Travis Schlenk is on the phone "a lot of hours."

The Hawks draft board has more than 100 players on it.

The top 44 prospects have been ranked. There are 16 more names to be slotted.

Staff meetings and mock drafts are being held in the war room.

Nearly 20 players workouts and visits have been completed.

The analytics team is evaluating potential trades.

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Some members of the scouting department are already off watching players who will be available next year.

It's almost time for the NBA draft. This the storm before the calm.

The Hawks, currently, will have six selections in Thursday's draft -- three in the first round (Nos. 8, 10 and 17) and three in the second round (No. 35, 41 and 44). Schlenk has been open about his desire to trade some of his accumulated assets -- definitely in the second round and perhaps in the first round. There is much speculation that the No. 4 overall pick is available from the Pelicans after the pending deal for Anthony Davis to the Lakers.

The Hawks have needs with athletic wings desired for a position-less league and a roster with only two centers. Still, there is one driving force behind this draft.

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