How will the Atlanta Hawks fair when the NBA season tips off later this month? Jason Torquato runs the rule over them.
Placing last season: 40-26 (5th in Eastern Conference, Playoffs: First-round)
Key moves: Atlanta brought in new General Manager Danny Ferry who made big moves early on. Perennially a playoff participant and no more, Atlanta were in need of a reshuffle and did so by trading away key parts in Joe Johnson and Marvin Williams.
In return, the Hawks gained a number of pieces including Anthony Morrow, Deshawn Stevenson and Jordan Farmar. None of them are top quality but in the Marvin Williams trade the Hawks acquired past all-star Devin Harris.
Challenges ahead: Rebuilding is also going to be an issue for this team. Besides Josh Smith and Al Horford this is a team in clear transition and they might take a while to gel. They should take a step back from last season but we’ll definitely expect the future to be brighter.
Reason to be positive: By making those trades, the Hawks have unloaded one of the most burdensome contracts in the league and have given themselves a lot more flexibility in years to come. These moves should give them the chance to compete on a serious level in two or three years if the front office makes the correct moves.
Prediction: 41-41 (8th in Eastern Conference)
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