Ever since the 2005 NBA Draft, when the Atlanta Hawks picked Marvin Williams with the #2 overall draft , and Deron Williams and CP3 went 3rd and 4th respectively, everyone said the Hawks made a big mistake. At the time, however, every NBA analyst said that it was a good idea. However, CP3 and Deron became all-stars and Marvin became an average NBA small forward. However if this move was really analyzed Hawks fans would realize it is really paying off for the Hawks now.
Had the Hawks picked either Chris Paul or Deron Williams, the Hawks could be a contender right now, or they could be another average team scrapping and fighting for the 5th-8th seeds. Right now we could log on to NBA.COM and see Marvin Williams putting up 35 points, 13 rebounds, and 12 assists. On Opening night of 2005, the Hawks had only T-Lue, Salim Stoudamire, Royal Ivey, and JJ as actual, capable point guards. Neither of these jump out as traditional point guards. However, giving Mike Woodson's tendencies to not play rookies, could harm the development of a young CP3 or Deron Williams. During this time, Marvin Williams could be flourishing in Byron Scott's system
Had the Hawks taken Paul or Williams with that #2 pick, we could be contenders right now. The available cap space would be much less. Sure, we probably wouldn't have JJ or Jamal Crawford, and CP3 could just turn as an average point guard.
The bottom line is, no rookie can essentially become a "star" in Atlanta. The reason being is that we have a very stubborn head coach, who thinks playing rookie point guards is next to playing cards with Satan. So really, we got lucky with Marvin, and had we gotten CP3, he would probably be an average guard in the League, and Marvin would be dropping 50 every three games.