I'll be doing an official team preview for each team starting now until the opening tip in late October. In alphabetical order so I don't forget - let's start with the Atlanta Hawks
Head Coach: Mike Budenholzer
2012-2013 Season Record: 44-38 (6th in East)
New Additions: Paul Millsap, Dennis Schroeder, Elton Brand, Pero Antic, Gustavo Ayon, DeMarre Carroll
Losses: Josh Smith, Devin Harris, Zaza Pachulia, Anthony Tolliver, Jannero Pargo, Ivan Johnson, DeShawn Stevenson
Projected Depth Chart
PG: Jeff Teague, Dennis Schroeder, Shelvin Mack
SG: John Jenkins, Lou Williams (6th man), Jared Cunningham
SF: Kyle Korver, DeMarre Carroll
PF: Paul Millsap, Elton Brand, Mike Scott
C: Al Horford, Gustavo Ayon, Pero Antic
Projected Statistical Leaders
Al Horford: 17.2 ppg, 9.7 rpg, 2.4 apg, 54% FG
Jeff Teague: 16.7 ppg, 6.1 apg, 2.3 rpg, 1.3 spg
Paul Millsap: 14.2 ppg, 7.4 rpg, 1.9 apg, 49% FG
Lou Williams: 13.3 ppg, 3.1 rpg, 2.8 apg, 38% 3PT
Kyle Korver: 10.0 ppg, 3.4 rpg, 1.1 apg, 43% 3PT
John Jenkins: 8.7 ppg, 2.9 rpg, 2.2 apg, 36% 3PT
Elton Brand: 6.3 ppg, 5.0 rpg, 0.8 apg, 52% FG
Dennis Schroeder: 5.8 ppg, 2.7 apg, 1.3 rpg, 1.1 spg
The Hawks have one of the game's most underrated big men in Al Horford. The 1x all-star has a new frontcourt running mate for this upcoming season in Paul Millsap who Atlanta signed to a 2 year / $19 mil contract in the summer. The Hawks will surely miss the presence of Josh Smith who was the face of the franchise over the past 7 seasons. Smith could do everything for the Hawks and his main presence was felt on the defensive side. Millsap may not have the shot-blocking for play-making abilities of Smith but his shot selection is better, he's a capable rebounder and hit a ton of big, clutch shots when he played in Utah.
The Hawks don't have a lot of size, but they do have experience (the addition of Brand helps), grit and toughness.
Atlanta surprised a lot of people by taking raw German prospect Dennis Schroeder followed by another raw prospect who we won't see play this season - Lucas Nogueira. When the Bucks tried snatching Teague away from Atlanta, the Hawks showed they weren't ready to hand the reigns over to Schroeder by proceeding to sign Jeff Teague to a 3 year / $24 mil extension. Teague has yet to prove he is better than a decent NBA starting point guard. He's quick, efficient, smart and shoots the ball well but his body language is concerning and he hasn't made huge improvements since being drafted. The shooting on this team is superior - with sharpshooters John Jenkins and Kyle Korver as their wing starters...But what they have in shooting they lose badly in slashing and athleticism. Jenkins and Korver are very similar players and neither can really take their man off the dribble. Expect 6th man Lou Williams to see the floor a lot for his ability to penetrate into the heart of the defense and orchestrate offensive plays.
The Hawks are again mediocre, they haven't been great since Nique played in the 80's and fans have lost interest. I expect the Hawks to have another ok season but won't scare anyone. Next year's draft and free agency could drastically impact the future of Atlanta Hawk basketball if GM Danny Ferry plays his cards accurately.
Projected Record: 39-43 (9th in East)
I see Millsap averaging more than 14.2 and 7.4 and Lou Williams averaging over 13.3.
Don't forget Lou Will is coming off of a torn ACL.
Don't forget Lucas Nogueira
Nogueria will remain in spain next seadon
Ah you're right. I was just going to edit my post. Was excited to see him paired with Millsap, Horford, and Brand.
Paul Milsap could almost make the all-star team this year. Almost
Despite the lost of j smooth.. The hawkd will make the playoffs.. I expect horford to show he is a more versatile scorer,im expecting him to average around 22 a game.. And scroerer to be among the 5 best rookies
The Hawks are the team in red, and the Bucks are the team in green right? Sometimes I forget...