NBA Preview 2016-17: Atlanta Hawks

The NBA season is right around the corner. That means it’s time to take a closer look at each individual NBA team and predict how they will do this season. So strap in….it’s the ULTIMATE SPORTS BLOG’S 2016-17 NBA PREVIEW!!!!

 

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Record Last 10 Seasons: 48-34 (2016), 60-22 (2015), 38-44 (2014), 44-38 (2013), 40-26 (2012), 44-38 (2011), 53-29 (2010), 47-35 (2009), 37-45 (2008), 30-52 (2007)

Last Playoff Series Appearance: 2016 Conference Semifinals vs. Cleveland Cavaliers

Last Playoff Series Win: 2016 First-Round vs. Boston Celtics

Last NBA Finals Appearance: Never

NBA Championships Won: 0


 

Head Coach:

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Mike Budenholzer

Overall Record: 146-100

Record With Team: 146-100

Playoff Record: 15-18


The Squad:

Starters:

PG: Dennis Schroder (11.0 PPG, 4.4 APG, 2.6 RPG, 15.5 PER)

SG: Kyle Korver (9.2 PPG, 2.1 APG, 3.3 RPG, 9.78 PER)

SF: Kent Bazemore (11.6 PPG, 2.3 APG, 5.1 RPG, 13.42 PER)

PF: Paul Millsap (17.1 PPG, 9.0 RPG, 1.7 BPG, 21.33 PER)

C: Dwight Howard (13.7 PPG, 11.8 RPG, 1.6 BPG, 18.99 PER)

Bench:

Tiago Splitter (C), Taurean Prince (SF), Jarrett Jack (PG), Tim Hardaway Jr. (SG), Kris Humphries (PF), Thabo Sefalosha (SF), Walter Tavares (C), DeAndre Bembry (SF), Mike Scott (PF), Mike Muscala (PF)


Team Leaders (last season):

Points Per Game: Paul Millsap (17.1)

Rebounds Per Game: Paul Millsap (9.0)

Steals Per Game: Paul Millsap (1.8)

Assists Per Game: Jeff Teague (5.9)

Blocks Per Game: Paul Millsap (1.7)

Turnovers Per Game: Jeff Teague (2.8)


The Prediction:

41-41

The Atlanta Hawks are a good team, but they aren’t a great team. Mike Budenholzer is a good coach, but he’s not a great coach. Are you starting to notice a trend with these guys? While I fully expect the Hawks to be in contention for a playoff spot this year, I think they will take a step back this season. The team lost Al Horford in free agency and brought on Dwight Howard. I’m not exactly sure how one should feel about that move, but it looks disgusting on paper. Horford is a team player who’s still a quality NBA player. Dwight Howard is a quality NBA player who has been a “chemistry killer” everywhere he’s played. Will his attitude change now that he’s playing for his hometown Hawks? Can he re-capture that glory he once had when he was playing for the Orlando Magic?

No.

He’s going to ultimately destroy this team from within and Hawks fans will want to get rid of him once they are bounced from the first-round of the playoffs. That’s just what happens with this guy.

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