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30 in 30: The 2021 Atlanta Hawks

The Atlanta Hawks have found their new franchise face with Trae Young. Now can they build a team around him that can contend in the Eastern Conference?

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30 in 30: The 2021 Atlanta Hawks

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If you can believe it, the NBA season is just around the corner. That’s a fact. And since it’s been forever since we’ve seen half of the league in action, we had an idea. In the spirit of reminding ourselves that time is moving forward, let’s look ahead to the 2021 NBA Season, team-by-team. Let’s dive in.

The Atlanta Hawks

2020 Record: 20-46

2020 Finish: 14th in the Eastern Conference, 27th in the NBA.

How It Started

Despite appearing in a decades worth of Playoff runs over the last 15 years, the Hawks have ended up in the bottom of their division for the last 3 seasons. As they begin to rebuild they have a Young (see what I did there?) and attractive superstar to lead with as they look to improve their spot in the standings.

How It’s Going

The big story in Atlanta is Trae Young. He is the centerpiece that the Hawks will build around in the coming years. Offensively, he has the goods to help overcome his lack of defense. Which is good, considering the Hawks’ team defense was ranked third-worst in the league. Young definitely made the must-watch list in a sophomore season that, although cut short, led to him making the All NBA team.

Heading into this season the Hawks will look to continue building around their breakout superstar by adding complementary pieces coming out of the draft. It’s a roster that could prove powerful sooner rather than later if their front office puts the right building blocks in place to beef up their defense and add another young shooter to help distract other teams from focusing solely on shutting down Trae. Cam Reddish will also look to have a breakout season similar to Trae’s this year.

Final Minutes

It’s crazy when you stop to the think that it could’ve been Luka Doncic that was the face of the Hawks instead of Trae Young. But even Luka may not have been able to make the sharp turn towards the playoffs that Hawks fan are hoping for this early on in his career. In Young, they’ve definitely found their leader both on and off the court.

The Hawks will have to make quite a large jump to contend in the Southeast division against this year’s Eastern Conference Champs, the Miami Heat. Even more, there’s the up-and-coming Orlando Magic, who seem to be ahead of Atlanta in their rebuilding phase. Realistically, the Hawks should and could be able to take over the 3-seed in their division and possibly even make a surprise playoff run as a low seed in the Eastern Conference.

An actor by degree, sports lover by day, and a bartender by night. As a native of suburban Detroit it took moving to NYC for Katie to fully realize her love of all things Michigan and Detroit sports. Feel free to engage her in her love of the coolest city and prettiest state in the country and why she will always root for Ohio State to lose every sporting event ever. No, really I am dead serious about that last statement.

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