[2017-18 NBA Preview] Atlanta Hawks

The NBA season is almost here. While the majority of people think the NBA season is already over before it even begins (let’s just go ahead and crown the Golden State Warriors right now, right?). we still have to let the season play out because YOU NEVER KNOW WHAT CAN HAPPPEN, RIGHT?

What if the Warriors are involved in some kind of freak accident and everyone gets hurt?

Well, the league just opened up for all 29 other teams to win the whole thing.

Even though I personally believe it would take a plane wreck to take the Warriors down, there are some NBA teams out there that think they have the tools and weapons to do exactly that.

Are the Atlanta Hawks one of those teams? They lost Paul Millsap and Dwight Howard in the off-season and appear to be re-building while the rest of the league tries to compete with the Warriors out West. So how good will these guys be this season?

Will the Hawks compete for a playoff spot or will they compete for a lottery selection?

LET’S FIND OUT!!!!!!!!!

 

Record Last Five Seasons: 44-38 (2012-13), 38-44 (2013-14), 60-22 (2014-15), 48-34 (2015-16), 43-39 (2016-17)

Last Playoff Series Appearance: 2016-17 First-Round vs. Washington Wizards

Last Playoff Series Win: 2015-16 First-Round vs. Boston Celtics

Last NBA Finals Appearance: Never

NBA Championships Won: None


 

Head Coach:

Mike Budenholzer

Overall Record: 189-139

Record With Team: 189-139

Playoff Record: 17-22


 

The Squad:

Starters (with averages for last season):

PG: Dennis Schroder (17.9 PPG, 6.3 APG, 3.1 RPG, 16.10 PER)

SG: Kent Bazemore (11.0 PPG, 2.4 APG, 3.2 RPG, 11.50 PER)

SF: Taurean Prince (5.7 PPG, 0.9 APG, 2.7 RPG, 9.8 PER)

PF: Ersan Ilyasova (13.1 PPG, 1.7 APG, 5.9 RPG, 14.6 PER)

C: Dewayne Dedmon (5.1 PPG, 6.5 RPG, 0.8 BPG, 16.00 PER)

Bench:

Marco Belinelli (SG), Malcolm Delaney (PG), DeAndre Bembrey (SF), John Collins (PF), Mike Muscala (C), Miles Plumlee (C), Luke Babbitt (PF), Nicolas Brussino (SF)


 

Team Leaders (last season):

Points Per Game: Paul Millsap (18.1)

Rebounds Per Game: Dwight Howard (12.7)

Steals Per Game: Thabo Sefolosha (1.5)

Assists Per Game: Dennis Schroder (6.3)

Blocks Per Game: Dwight Howard (1.2)

Turnovers Per Game: Dennis Schroder (3.3)


 

The Prediction:

32-50

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