Danilo Gallinari, the only Italian left in the Association, and his companions restart from last year’s sensational conference final. The goal is to get back to that level, but …
Never change a winning team. Atlanta restarts from the sensational 2020-21 conference final, an unexpected playoff adventure interrupted only by the Bucks, then NBA champions. In two months, Atlanta has made huge strides in its quest to return to the Eastern Conference elite. The goal of the new season, with Nate McMillan who no longer has the “interim” label in front of his head coach qualification, is to confirm himself at those levels through the growth of those same young talents, starting with the star Trae Young, who they made it fly. But it won’t be a walk in the park.
The additions to the roster are Delon Wright, taken via trade from Sacramento to extend the rotation behind Young, and Gorgui Dieng, who will have to make the deputy Capela. The rookie Jalen Johnson, 20th call to the Draft, is waiting to be discovered. After the confirmation of coach McMillan after the splendid playoff ride last season, the management of Atlanta has made sure to keep the roster together. John Collins, restricted free agent, renewed for 5 years and 125 million; Young added another 5 years to at least 172.5 million; Capela two others at 46.8. Lou Williams and Solomon Hill are also back. In short, the boys are back in town, ready to amaze again …
Young, Bogdanovic, Hunter, Collins, Capela.
Gallinari, Huerter, L. Williams, Wright, Reddish. Dieng
why believe it
For what they have done last season. Atlanta restarts from the same group with which it reached the final in the East, plus the promising De’Andre Hunter (one of the few happy notes of the first part of 2020-21 under Lloyd Pierce). The playoff race, the training camp with McMillan immediately at the helm and the consequent clarity of roles should give the group those important starting points missed last season, so that the Hawks’ mission can be to improve rather than start from scratch. It won’t be worth Milwaukee and Brooklyn, the best the East has to offer, but Atlanta still has the knack for racing. A group in which Danilo Gallinari will also have to make a contribution, the last Italian left in the NBA who has also shown in the national team that he is now at ease in the role of sixth man. If health holds up (all Hawks, not just him), McMillan’s team has the talent and depth to lead the way.
why doubt it
Because Atlanta last year took such a long step that it may have been longer than the leg. And confirming oneself is always more complicated than emerging. Competition in the East has increased and the Hawks will no longer have the surprise factor from theirs, but will have to prove they are up to it right away. GM Travis Schlenk has long shown that he is ready to do whatever it takes to make his team win: in the summer he made the right moves, just bolstering last year’s group. The Hawks have room for growth, but do they have what it takes to be in the Eastern elite right from the start?
7 September – 09:04
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