Does Being a Horrible NBA Team Guarantee Future Success?

Should NBA teams tank to get a better draft pick? STACK looks at some of the worst teams of the past decade to find out if the strategy pays off.

2004-2005 Atlanta Hawks

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2004-2005 Atlanta Hawks

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Record: 13-69

2005 Draft Position: 2nd

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Record: 13-69

2005 Draft Position: 2nd

2005 Draft Pick: Marvin Williams

The 2004-05 Atlanta Hawks set a franchise record for worst winning percentage, which is sort of like failing the most math tests in the history of your high school. It was the team's sixth straight season missing the playoffs, but with rookies Josh Smith and Josh Childress on board, as well as the second pick in the upcoming draft, hope wasn't completely lost.

Then, in a draft that included Chris Paul, Deron Williams, Andrew Bynum and Danny Granger, the Hawks whiffed, taking North Carolina's Marvin Williams with the second overall pick. Atlanta missed the playoffs the next two seasons, until finally a roster built around Joe Johnson and future draft pick Al Horford propelled the franchise back into the post-season in 2008. Williams would never average more than 15 points a game before being signed by the Utah Jazz in 2012.

Verdict: Williams was an average player on a Hawks team that never made it out of the second round of the playoffs in his five post-season appearances. It's safe to say that if the Hawks could do the 2005 Draft over again, they would.


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