The Atlanta Hawks are in the midst of a big rebuild. Through much of the late 2000s and 2010s, the Hawks were a consistent playoff team. The past two seasons though, they have become basement dwellers. The Hawks rebuild could see them take off soon though.
The Hawks do have some great potential stars in Trae Young and John Collins. They also had a great draft in picking up De’Andre Hunter and Cam Reddish.
So, are the Hawks heading back to the playoffs or will they still be stuck in the basement?
The Hawks were in the position where over the offseason they have not really lost much. But only because they did not have a lot to give up.
Their most notable losses were Taurean Prince, Omari Spellman, and Miles Plumlee.
The Hawks team from last year was incredibly young. Really their only valuable pieces they could get rid of they are going to be building around.
Taurean Prince will likely wind up being the biggest loss for the Hawks. A young, defensive-minded small forward, Prince excelled on the defensive side of the ball. Prince also averaged 13.5 on offense and has plenty of room to grow as a player.
The Hawks have gained a lot over this offseason. In the draft, the Hawks secured De’Andre Hunter, Cam Reddish, and Bruno Fernando. This will help jumpstart the Hawks rebuild.
De’Andre Hunter is a highly athletic prospect who excels on defense. He has the ability to develop into one of the better players on this team and makes a great addition to help out the teams defense.
Cam Reddish is a highly-skilled offensive player. He can shoot from anywhere and can develop his game to become more consistent and become a deadly offensive weapon for Young to set up.
Bruno Fernando is a big man that the Hawks can develop to be a solid weapon. He is a gifted scorer and passer and has a motor to keep him going.
Pairing these players with the Hawks young core could lead to a lot of success in the future. That success depends on two things though, one is how the team is run, the other if things like injuries ruin the team.
The team has all of the necessary pieces to be back in the playoffs. Trae Young, Kevin Huerter, and Cam Reddish making up a dangerous backcourt. John Collins and Alex Len making up a solid defensive frontcourt, and De’Andre Hunter being a key player all over the floor.
The Atlanta Hawks rebuild is definitely on a good track to getting the team back to the playoffs. Especially with the East being wide open.
This next season though, expect some growing pains. It will take some time for this team to reach its full potential. At the very worst this is a thirty win team. Right now, at the very best this team would lose in the first round.
The Hawks do seem to be set to build for the next couple of seasons though. They should be consistently in the playoffs if the team plays its cards right.