● By Christopher Kline
The No. 1 pick in the 2024 NBA Draft officially belongs to the Atlanta Hawks, who entered Sunday's lottery with the 10th-best odds (three percent!). Already at an organizational crossroads, Atlanta now has to navigate the ultimate choice on draft night, in addition to the uncertain futures of Trae Young and Dejounte Murray. It's another layer of chaos in a draft that is already shrouded in uncertainty. We don't know who the No. 1 pick will be. There are strong favorites, of course, but the talent at the top of this class is unusually balanced. Rather than obvious star bets, teams are forced to pick between immensely flawed prospects with starkly different paths to greatness. The Hawks' front office has struggled to identify talent and assemble a winning team in recent years, so the importance of this selection is sure to cause great stress within the fanbase. The Houston Rockets also made a sizable leap in the lottery, up from No. 9 to No. 3, courtesy of the Brooklyn Nets' trade for James Harden. Houston is expected to explore trades, but this is a prime opportunity to land an impact talent on a cheap contract with 8-9 years of team control. So, expect Houston — one of the deepest upstart teams in the NBA — to carefully consider its options.

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