The Atlanta Hawks have been one of the most average teams in recent years in the NBA. Over the past five seasons the Hawks have a record of 233-177 (.568) and have a standings record of the 5th seed. In the 2014-15 season they finished with the 1st seed in the East with a record of 60-22. Last season they finished with the 5th seed and a record of 43-39 and lost to the Washington Wizards in the 1st round in six games.

During the offseason there was a lot of controversy surrounding All-Star forward Paul Millsap and whether or not he would return to the team or move on. He eventually decided to join the Denver Nuggets on a three-year, $90 million deal.

They moved on from Dwight Howard, trading him to the Charlotte Hornets after one season with the team after they signed him to a three-year, $70 million contract. They also let Thabo Sefolosha, Tim Hardaway Jr., and Jose Calderon walk in free agency.

An Atlanta starting line-up for the upcoming season would probably include the likes of Dennis Schröder, Marco Bellineli, Kent Bazemore, Ersan Illyasova, and Dewayne Dedmon.

Rotations for the Hawks would most likely look a little something like this:

Dennis Schröder- Tyler Dorsey

Marco Bellineli- Malcolm Delaney

Kent Bazemore- Nicolas Brussino- Taurean Prince- DeAndre Bembry

Ersan Illyasova- John Collins- Alpha Kaba

Dewayne Dedmon- Mike Muscala- Miles Plumlee

Currently, the only hope or the future for this franchise would have to be the 19th overall pick out of Wake Forest, John Collins. In Summer League, Collins averaged 15.4 points, 9.2 rebounds, and one assist in 23 minutes. He was also named to the pre-season tournament’s first team.

The Hawks should take a step back this season after losing key players. They don’t have a current superstar on their team, but Schröder may have a chance to make an All-Star team this year considering that he has been given the keys to the franchise moving forward in this rebuild.

The Hawks will most likely finish with a top-three worst seed in the Eastern Conference this season and will finish with a top pick in the 2018 NBA Draft, and will probably get a superstar player in the draft. So while the short-term future looks bleak for Atlanta, at least their is hope on the horizon.

 

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