Atlanta Hawks 2016 Preview, Draft, Offseason Recap, Depth Chart, Outlook
Atlanta Hawks 2016 Preview
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The Atlanta Hawks have made the playoffs nine straight seasons and have won 146 games in the three seasons under coach Mike Budenholzer. The Hawks would like to take another step in the right direction and hope their offseason moves get them a step closer.
Can the Hawks make another run towards an East title?
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Here is your 2016 Atlanta Hawks NBA preview.
Key Player Losses: The Hawks lost two key players in point guard Jeff Teague and center Al Horford. Both players spent their entire careers in Atlanta and produced a combined five All Star appearances. Teague is fifth all time in Hawks history with 2,671 career assists and Horford is eighth all time with 5,144 rebounds. Losing both of those guys is a big blow given their reputation and production over the years for the Hawks.
Key Player Additions: The big addition for the Hawks was the signing of 30-year-old Dwight Howard. The Atlanta native is happy to be back home and hopes for better play than the three years he gave Houston. When engaged and included in the offense, Howard is still capable of being an All Star caliber player. The Hawks also signed journeyman point guard Jarrett Jack, who averaged double-digit points the last two years and is averaging 4.5 assists for his career. He’ll be a decent backup behind Dennis Schroder.
Draft: DeAndre' Bembry is a great all-around player who shoots a high percentage, rebounds well and gets his teammates involved. Bembry should be able to push for minutes in a backup role at small forward. Taurean Prince is a high energy guy who can stretch the floor with his outside shot and do the dirty work the paint. Prince is capable of being a solid role player for the Hawks for quite some time if he plays within himself.
Outlook: The Hawks pretty much what they’ve been for many years; good but not great. The Hawks have a solid core with Kyle Korver, Paul Millsap, Howard, Kent Bazemore and Schroder. However, depth is lacking and the starting five isn’t enough to get over the hump. Howard will have a bounce back year and there’s plenty of guys who will continue to contribute nightly. But there’s a ceiling on the Atlanta Hawks and it’s what it has been for the last decade.