Atlanta Hawks 2021/22 Season Preview
The Atlanta Hawks were one of the biggest surprises of the 2020/21 season. Though their meteoric rise wasn’t anything odd for all those who were following this team closely. The Hawks are a team with an extremely high ceiling, with several big-time talents.
Their surge started when Nate McMillan took over the head coaching position and eventually ended in the East Finals. Pretty impressive, you need to admit. They were far above all the offered NBA betting lines, which are now higher than before.
The Hawks weren’t very active during the offseason, but they didn’t have to due to an already formed team. Their biggest job was to re-sign John Collins, the second pylon of the unit next to Trae Young. Of course, handing Young an extension was expected and logical, so we didn’t pay much attention to that.
Two draft picks were Jalen Johnson and Sharife Cooper, who aren’t expected to make an immediate impact, but will have their place in the rotation from time to time. About the additions from other teams, Delon Wright landed as well as Gorgui Dieng. Now, these two aren’t some high-class players, but are very useful, because they know their job. Ten or fifteen minutes Wright and Deng spend on the court will be used 100%.
The Biggest Star – Trae Young
Atalanta’s biggest star is Trae Young, one of the best players in the league, but who wasn’t even an All-Star last year. To be precise, none of the Hawks players received an invitation to this exhibition match. And it seems that such injustice only motivated them more.
Trae is a relentless scorer, able to crush pretty much every backcourt in the league. However, on the other side, his defense is pretty much close to zero, and he will need to improve that in order to become a top 5 player, for which he has the potential.
The NBA MVP odds suggest that he might be one of the dark horses for the title this year. But that is early to speak about.
John Collins and Clint Capela are the twin towers who are arguably the nastiest offensive rebounders in the league, while Bogdan Bogdanovic established himself as a long-distance threat worthy of comparing with the “Splash Brothers.”
Diverse Offense – Hawks’ Biggest Weapon
The Hawks have a very dynamic offense, and the reason for that is the number of different players who can drop 20 on you in a blink of an eye. Veterans like Danilo Gallinari and Lou Williams, Kevin Huerter, Cam Reddish, all listed here can score several points in, let’s say, a minute and a half.
Three-point shooting gives Atlanta a big edge over the opponents because almost all the players can hit from behind the arc. Several guys can do that in series, like Bogi, Trae, Huerter, Gallo, and Williams.
Also, the Hawks have a lot of second-chance points because of Collins and Capela, who are superb under the rival’s rim.
Online Sports Betting: Atlanta Hawks – Offers
Total Wins: 47.5
To Reach the Playoffs: -550
To win the East: +1600
To win the NBA Title: +3300
* All odds provided by Action247 Sportsbook and all odds subject to change.
**All views expressed are my own. My picks are my own and are not a guarantee, bet at your own risk.