While the Atlanta Hawks have failed to reach 30-wins for the last three seasons, things look very bright for this franchise moving forward. Not only do they have a superstar point guard in Trae Young, but they had one of the best offseasons out of any team in the NBA, landing two of the top free agents in Danilo Gallinari and Bogdan Bogdanovic.
Danilo Gallinari was one of the most fought over free agents this offseason and should provide immediate scoring to a perimeter oriented Hawks team. Gallinari is one of those guys who has never received the respect he deserves around the league. Earlier in his career, the Italian forward faced a lot of injuries, especially to his knees and as a result, buried him in a lot of the team’s depth charts.
Since the 2015-16 NBA season, Gallinari has averaged under 18.0 points/game just once and is coming off a fantastic season with the OKC Thunder. In 62 games last season, Gallinari shot 43.8% from the floor and 40.5% from deep, scoring on average 18.7 points per game. Bogdan Bogdanovic not only provides a lot of catch-and-shoot scoring from the wing, but is yet another weapon for Trae Young to utilize on offense.
Between veteran players and young core players, the Atlanta Hawks have one of the most balanced lineups in the league and will wind up being one of the best three-point shooting teams in the league this season. Looking back on 2019-20 season stats, the Hawks have 10 players on their roster this upcoming season who all shot over 33% from three-point range last season.
The biggest question mark for this team moving forward is the contract situations with some of their young stars and if they will be able to afford to bring everybody back. After this season, John Collins will be a restricted free agent, as he and the Hawks failed to reach a contract-extension at the deadline, and Trae Young will be in the final year of his rookie contract next season and up for an extension.
Given that the Hawks spent about $133.5M in total contract money on Gallinari and Bogdanovic this offseason, things could end up being really tight financially for this team moving forward and they will have some big time decisions to make. With the future of John Collins unclear and the opportunity to trade for Ben Simmons potentially available, the Atlanta Hawks should do everything they can to solidify their future by getting another All-Star, All-NBA type talent to pair with Trae Young.
Here is the best trade the Atlanta Hawks could offer the Philadelphia 76ers in order to land Ben Simmons.