The Atlanta Hawks season has been disappointing to say the least. One problem that has been made abundantly clear is their lack of a rim protector or offensive re-bounder.
The Atlanta Hawks badly need a big man who can protect the rim and rebound. They simply have no answer inside against any player who wants to drive into the paint. The games the Hawks have won the opponents shots have been from outside primarily or they were simply unlucky.
Outside of the first three games of the season Atlanta hasn’t played defense at anything resembling a consistent level.
The best fix available for Atlanta would be acquiring center Andre Drummond. Drummond is known to be on the trade market and fits exactly what Atlanta needs. He is averaging 13.9-rebounds a game and paired with John Collins would give Atlanta a shot at winning consistently.
He would shift Atlanta’s starting rotation into one that would win more than an occasional game. The problem for Atlanta is that they are unlikely to want to spend what it would take to acquire the center.
There are few other known options on the trade market that would fit what Atlanta needs. The only other viable starting power forward or center that would help Atlanta is Kevin Love and Love lacks the ability to protect the rim.
However, he could be an interesting option if Atlanta decided to take on salary to add another scorer. Love wouldn’t fix Atlanta’s problems as well as Drummond would considering Atlanta has no problem scoring they simply cannot stop any opposing team on the other end.
Regardless of whether it is Drummond or another answer the Hawks have a problem at center. A problem they need to address quickly before all of their options are off the trade market.