After three straight seasons with less than 30-wins, the Atlanta Hawks are ready to flip the script and put together their first winning season since the last time they made the playoffs in 2017. Not only did they bring in two of the biggest names in free agency this year, but with their slew of highly-talented young players, the Hawks are going to be a fun and dangerous team in the NBA this season.
The Atlanta Hawks signed Danilo Gallinari, Bogdan Bogdanovic, Rajon Rondo, Kris Dunn, and Solomon Hill this offseason and all five players will have immediate impacts with this franchise. Both Gallinari and Bogdanovic were two highly sought after guys on the free-agent market because of their offensive abilities. Both guys were two of the best offensive players on their teams last year and this year, with Trae Young leading the offensive attack, Gallinari and Bogdanovic should expect to see a lot of three-point opportunities coming their way.
Just these two players combined bring about 34 points per game with them based on their stats from last season and for a Hawks team that ranked 17th in scoring last year, they should easily move into the Top 12 of best scoring teams in the league this year. Not to mention, their defense is going to be a lot better too.
The Hawks struggled last year on defense, as they surrendered the most points per game to opponents at 119.7 points. John Collins and De’Andre Hunter will be a lot better defensively this season and with the additions of Rajon Rondo and Onyeka Okongwu, the Hawks have a reliable defensive option at virtually every position on the court.
With a mix of proven veteran players and high-level, young talent, the Atlanta Hawks have the perfect roster to be able to make a lot of noise in the Eastern Conference after finishing near the bottom the last several years. With that said, here are 4 bold predictions for the Atlanta Hawks as they enter the 2020-21 NBA season.