With their first round pick in the 2012 NBA Draft, they could be in position to shore up their interior defense, as CBS Sports Jeff Goodman has them taking Syracuse C Fab Melo with the No. 23 selection in his latest mock draft:
23. Atlanta Hawks Fab Melo, C, Syracuse: The Hawks could use a big man and Melo really made strides this past season. Will never be an offensive threat, but Atlanta needs a rebounder and interior presence.
Melo, an athletic 7'0 250 shot-blocker from Brazil, averaged 8 points, 6 rebounds and 3 blocks on 56% shooting in 25 minutes for Syracuse last season.
He is an extremely raw player, especially on the offensive end, but he has a rare combination of size and athleticism and he could be a decent gamble for a Hawks team desperate for size at the end of the first round.