Phil Veasley | @_ATLPhil
Let’s slow down. Taking a look at Twitter would have you thinking that the Hawks are locks for the postseason. While it is possible, I just don’t see it. Not yet. This team has a lot of work in front of them, not to mention the daunting early schedule. Losing several key veterans will be hard to overcome despite the rookie acquisitions. Also, depth is a major issue, especially behind Trae and at the Center spot. Despite the flaws, the Hawks will be one of the league’s most exciting squads and will find themselves in the thick of things after the All-Star Break. Ultimately they will find themselves outside the top 8 but will show improvement with their 36-46 record.
Bob Lancaster | @bowlinbob
30-35 Wins. Could this be on the low side? Possibly, but let’s be real here. You are bringing in two rookie pieces possibly 3 with Bruno and expecting them to gel from the beginning with the existing pieces. The three keys for me to see that record improve and challenge for an 8th playoff spot are Defensive Improvement, Less Turnovers, and production from the Center position.
Jared Schmehl | @SchmehlJared
The Hawks will improve upon their last season after making many offseason acquisitions and drafting Cam Reddish, De’Andre Hunter, and Bruno Fernando. Our offense and defense will both improve. Trae Young and John Collins will both be all star reserves. We will look a lot more sharp in the second half of the season as we will have built a strong chemistry. I expect the Hawks’ record to be around 38-44, and we will push for the 8th seed.
Stewart Zwald | @SDZwald041599
This season, the Atlanta Hawks will be a fun a team to watch with the young core the Hawks have. However, they have a brutal schedule to open up the first 2 months of the season which includes matchups against the 76ers, Heat, Spurs, Trail Blazers, Nuggets, Clippers, Lakers, Bucks, and the defending NBA champions Toronto Raptors. I do believe that the Hawks will be better than the 29-53 record that they had last season, but I don’t see the Hawks making the playoffs this season. This is still a very young team and will go through some ups and downs. Defense is still a major question as well turnovers. Turnovers were a major issue this preseason and looked better in the final 2 games of the preseason especially against the Knicks. I believe that the Hawks will finish this season with a 38-44 record. I think the Hawks will just miss the playoffs. I expect Trae to have a great Sophomore season as he will just get better as the season goes on.
Bret Anderson | @Bret_A27
The Hawks are going to surprise some folks this season as they have added some extremely talented rookies, Cam Reddish and DeAndre Hunter along with big man Bruno Fernando. The Hawks did lose 3 key pieces to their team from last season, all 3 of which started at some point for the Hawks last season(Bazemore, Prince, Dedmond). Bazemore was sent out to Portland for Evan Turner who will serve as the primary backup PG to Trae Young. Speaking of Young, he is looking to build off an historic rookie seasons and his pick and roll counterpart, John Collins, will be looking to take that leap into “star” status with another big season. The Hawks season will come down to limiting turnovers. They are going to put points on the board and will give up their fair share too, but if they can limit their turnovers, they will be a good, playoff caliber team. I will take a page out of the Paul Johnson book here and say “this team has no margin for error” in reference to the turnovers. 37-45
I think the Hawks will start this season slow. They don’t have much scoring, contain a lot of new players and Trae Young has to how learn to transition to a Star. With the West being stacked and the East getting better, the Hawks will struggle most the season going 22-60