For the Culture
The Atlanta Hawks have already placed themselves among the most exciting young teams in the NBA to watch, primarily due to the combination of Trae Young and John Collins. Should they win the number one pick in the 2019 NBA Draft Lottery, Zion Williamson immediately makes the Atlanta Hawks the most exciting young NBA team to watch period. Zion would bring unprecedented media attention and fanfare to Atlanta. The Hawks would instantly see their season ticket and merchandising sales skyrocket. They would likely sell out every game and become the toughest sports ticket in town. They would also become a top NBA road drawing team, rivaling even the champion Golden State Warriors, when it comes to selling out arenas around the league.
This video of the top Zion Williamson Sports Center plays this season provided by ESPN via YouTube, gives us a small glimpse of the excitement that Zion Williamson would bring to Atlanta on the court:
The state of Georgia is the number one location in the United States for producing US films and Atlanta is one of the top locations in the nation for filming television shows. Atlanta is now known as Southern Hollywood and several celebrities can be spotted at Atlanta Hawks games on a nightly basis. If the Hawks land Zion Williamson, the cast of stars sitting court side at the beautiful new State Farm Arena, would rival that of Staples Center in Los Angeles. This would help the NBA, as another top ten media market would rise to new heights in popularity.
The Atlanta Hawks have done things the right way, by being competitive all season and not blatantly tanking. The NBA has put an emphasis on teams not tanking and changed the NBA lottery odds for this season, giving the Atlanta Hawks a 10.5 percent chance to win the lottery in the fifth slot. Only the New York Knicks, Cleveland Cavaliers, and Phoenix Suns at 14 percent, along will the Chicago Bulls at 12.5 percent, have a better opportunity to win the draft lottery. To see complete odds for the NBA Draft Lottery visit tankathon.com. The Atlanta Hawks winning the lottery would be a victory for the NBA and their new odds system, showing that not tanking pays off.
Most importantly, winning the NBA lottery would be a victory for the Atlanta Hawks and their fans. Adding Zion Williamson to Trae Young and John Collins, gives the Hawks the big three to compete with any NBA team once they all develop into their primes. Best of all, the Atlanta Hawks would be in position to win that elusive first NBA championship and to be the NBA’s next super team and great dynasty. The city of Atlanta has waited a long time for a moment like this. The wait to find out rather Zion Williamson will be a member of the Atlanta Hawks, is just a short while longer.