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Hawks are a realistic playoff threat

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Will the Hawks make the playoffs?

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Hawks are a realistic playoff threat 

Post#1 » by BengalUND » Mon Jun 17, 2019 5:08 pm

I believe that the Hawks are primed to make a playoff push next year. I think this because of not only the young talent they have in Trae Young and John Collins, but the possibility of getting two more solid young players in this draft. I believe that they are one free agent away from being a formidable opponent in the playoffs for whoever they go against. What do you guys think?

I also made a video talking about this, but there is no pressure to watch:
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Re: Hawks are a realistic playoff threat 

Post#2 » by _s_t_u_r_t_ » Mon Jun 17, 2019 5:55 pm

"Realistic?"

Sure.

"Likely?"

Nah.

Might even disappoint this year because of all the enthusiasm they're currently enjoying.

The "push" year remains 2020-21... pick up a max contract player or two in that off-season... and begin the serious assault that will define the Travis Schlenk era... maybe the Pierce era as well, but history says that's... realistically speaking... less certain.
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Post#3 » by ATL Boy » Mon Jun 17, 2019 7:15 pm

The east is incredibly weak next year. I certainly think the Hawks can make a run at one of the lower playoff spots. Heck, if Collins wasn't out for so long to start the season and if Trae didn't get off to such a lousy November we may have made it this past season.
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Post#4 » by shakes0 » Tue Jun 18, 2019 8:56 pm

This has already been covered here, but I'll restate my position and say that myself and Vegas both agree that the answer is a resounding NO.

Best case scenario is they have a season similar to Sacramento last year.
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Post#5 » by Ice Trae » Wed Jun 19, 2019 2:44 am

Nah. I have us finishing roughly around 12 again.
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Post#6 » by HMFFL » Wed Jun 19, 2019 3:08 am

Let's start by winning the Southeast where we ended up last. We should improve and be better than Washington, but Miami, Charlotte (Kemba stays), and Orlando will still be difficult to pass.


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Post#7 » by High 5 » Wed Jun 19, 2019 4:04 am

I'm waiting to see what happens with Dedmon and our backup PG. We have a shot if we re-sign Dedmon and find a veteran to come in for Trae. If we fill those positions with rookies or G-leaguers (sorry Jaylen) then it becomes a lot less likely.
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Post#8 » by CP War Hawks » Wed Jun 19, 2019 6:22 am

I think it's very possible they can make it, just not really probable unless everything goes right. Gotta hit mostly on the draft, 2 of 3 decent hits if you keep 1st rounders and free agency.

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Post#9 » by gurpilo » Wed Jun 19, 2019 9:32 am

We have major hole at Forward position and also backup PG and C. We must wait till draft and Free Agency to know our chances.

Right now without key additions to the team is "no way".
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Post#10 » by gurpilo » Wed Jun 19, 2019 9:34 am

But if we add at draft Reddish, Sekou and Goga or Fernando and we can add a quality backup PG I will be changing ny statement to "possible"
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Post#11 » by shakes0 » Wed Jun 19, 2019 4:06 pm

ATL Boy wrote:The east is incredibly weak next year. I certainly think the Hawks can make a run at one of the lower playoff spots. Heck, if Collins wasn't out for so long to start the season and if Trae didn't get off to such a lousy November we may have made it this past season.



That type of "logic" is one of my biggest pet peeves here. I hate the "only my team had injuries" logic that posters use often when saying their team will be better next year or would've done better this year. Most every team had to deal with injuries. You can't say on one hand that ATL would've finished higher this year, but for Collins being hurt without acknowledging all the other teams that also had injuries affect their records. Look at Washington and the injuries they had. That's a team ahead of us that had even worse injuries than ATL.

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Post#12 » by Hawkamanic81 » Wed Jun 19, 2019 4:13 pm

shakes0 wrote:
ATL Boy wrote:The east is incredibly weak next year. I certainly think the Hawks can make a run at one of the lower playoff spots. Heck, if Collins wasn't out for so long to start the season and if Trae didn't get off to such a lousy November we may have made it this past season.



That type of "logic" is one of my biggest pet peeves here. I hate the "only my team had injuries" logic that posters use often when saying their team will be better next year or would've done better this year. Most every team had to deal with injuries. You can't say on one hand that ATL would've finished higher this year, but for Collins being hurt without acknowledging all the other teams that also had injuries affect their records. Look at Washington and the injuries they had. That's a team ahead of us that had even worse injuries than ATL.

/rant over

Agreed. The real problem is that they gave up 119 PPG.
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Post#13 » by hawks_fan25 » Wed Jun 19, 2019 4:33 pm

I do actually think we will finish in the 7-10 range in the weak east. I’m actually hoping we finish around 12 again to have a couple of nice picks in next year’s draft, but I am predicting we sneak into the playoffs as the 8th seed.
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Post#14 » by ATL Boy » Wed Jun 19, 2019 9:51 pm

shakes0 wrote:
ATL Boy wrote:The east is incredibly weak next year. I certainly think the Hawks can make a run at one of the lower playoff spots. Heck, if Collins wasn't out for so long to start the season and if Trae didn't get off to such a lousy November we may have made it this past season.



That type of "logic" is one of my biggest pet peeves here. I hate the "only my team had injuries" logic that posters use often when saying their team will be better next year or would've done better this year. Most every team had to deal with injuries. You can't say on one hand that ATL would've finished higher this year, but for Collins being hurt without acknowledging all the other teams that also had injuries affect their records. Look at Washington and the injuries they had. That's a team ahead of us that had even worse injuries than ATL.

/rant over

You can hate it all you want but insinuating that the Hawks wouldn't have been closer to the playoffs had their best player not been out for 17 games to start the season (and then taken another 10 or so games to round back into form) because other teams have injuries too is a strange hill to die on.

Yes, the Hawks will need some luck in the injury department, like every team. And it's true that injuries will happen to every team over the course of a season, but not all injuries are exactly created equal. Losing Collins to a long term injury is the biggest blow this team could've possibly suffered short of losing Trae.
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Post#16 » by gurpilo » Fri Jun 21, 2019 8:26 pm

gurpilo wrote:But if we add at draft Reddish, Sekou and Goga or Fernando and we can add a quality backup PG I will be changing ny statement to "possible"


So, draft resulted even better than I expected and we added Hunter, Reddish and Fernando, even better than my perfect dream scenario.... so yes, I think we can make the palyoffs this year
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Post#17 » by CP War Hawks » Fri Jun 21, 2019 9:46 pm

Trae - Bembry
Huerter - Bazemore
Hunter - Cam
Collins - Spellman
Len - Fernando

93m in commited salary including draft picks. Cap hold of Dedmon leaves them no cap space. I'd feel better with some veteran pg help and you can could get that 8th spot. Not feeling Len as a starter, just what it is.

So much dead salary to work with come trade deadline: Baze, Crabbe, Hill, Plumlee.
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Post#18 » by King Ken » Fri Jun 21, 2019 9:54 pm

I just think they need a backup PG. Just bring back Lin
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Re: Hawks are a realistic playoff threat 

Post#19 » by Ball4life32 » Sat Jun 22, 2019 1:31 am

ATL Boy wrote:
shakes0 wrote:
ATL Boy wrote:The east is incredibly weak next year. I certainly think the Hawks can make a run at one of the lower playoff spots. Heck, if Collins wasn't out for so long to start the season and if Trae didn't get off to such a lousy November we may have made it this past season.



That type of "logic" is one of my biggest pet peeves here. I hate the "only my team had injuries" logic that posters use often when saying their team will be better next year or would've done better this year. Most every team had to deal with injuries. You can't say on one hand that ATL would've finished higher this year, but for Collins being hurt without acknowledging all the other teams that also had injuries affect their records. Look at Washington and the injuries they had. That's a team ahead of us that had even worse injuries than ATL.

/rant over

You can hate it all you want but insinuating that the Hawks wouldn't have been closer to the playoffs had their best player not been out for 17 games to start the season (and then taken another 10 or so games to round back into form) because other teams have injuries too is a strange hill to die on.

Yes, the Hawks will need some luck in the injury department, like every team. And it's true that injuries will happen to every team over the course of a season, but not all injuries are exactly created equal. Losing Collins to a long term injury is the biggest blow this team could've possibly suffered short of losing Trae.

Yeah pretty sure the Hawks were like 3-16 (worst record in the NBA) before Collins started getting regular minutes. And Kings won 39 games last year ...8th seed in the East won 41.
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Re: Hawks are a realistic playoff threat 

Post#20 » by ATLHoops97 » Sat Jun 22, 2019 2:29 am

We are going to be the most entertaining 8 seed the NBA has ever seen.

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