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Hawks are a realistic playoff threat

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Will the Hawks make the playoffs?

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Re: Hawks are a realistic playoff threat 

Post#61 » by HMFFL » Tue Jul 23, 2019 7:30 pm

I won't have my hopes up for making the playoffs. I will be excited no matter how the season goes because I want to see growth in within the team and strong chemistry.


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Post#63 » by graymule » Fri Jul 26, 2019 5:51 pm

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I expect this year's Hawk team to go to the playoffs. We have some bench players, if healthy, will be a big help. Our drafted rookies were chosen for defense. Someone posted here that we have no direction. Yes, we do. Our GM knows what he is doing.
He has a plan and he's sticking to it.

Terrible defense last season. We know. Look for it to be much better this season. Playoff bound!!

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Re: Hawks are a realistic playoff threat 

Post#64 » by ATL Boy » Sat Jul 27, 2019 12:35 am

Trae's health will be more important to us than anything else this year if we want to make the postseason. Now that it's clear that they have no interest in adding an actual backup PG, if Trae goes down for any period of time it'll be a catastrophe.
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Re: Hawks are a realistic playoff threat 

Post#65 » by HMFFL » Sat Jul 27, 2019 4:19 am

graymule wrote::D
I expect this year's Hawk team to go to the playoffs. We have some bench players, if healthy, will be a big help. Our drafted rookies were chosen for defense. Someone posted here that we have no direction. Yes, we do. Our GM knows what he is doing.
He has a plan and he's sticking to it.

Terrible defense last season. We know. Look for it to be much better this season. Playoff bound!!

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Staying healthy and having some luck from other teams not staying healthy will be key. I don't want to wish injury on any player of any team but it's part of the game.

Just focusing on our division but I expect both Miami and Orlando to be better again. We went 6-10 vs our division and 16-36 when facing our conference.

I hope for the big leaps that many expect from our Hawks!

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Post#66 » by D21 » Sat Jul 27, 2019 11:12 am

It's hard to know the real level of last season, because it's strange that they were bad Vs East, but were almost at .500 Vs West
It's also hard to know if Schlenk wants to let them play the best they can, or if he prefers an "indirect" tanking", hoping for one last good pick.
I still think he wants to try a lot of things to see exactly how the rest of the team should be, like bringing Turner to test him at PG and see if a big PG can improve the team more than a traditionnal backup PG
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Post#67 » by Skybox » Sat Jul 27, 2019 11:18 am

Evan Turner is a great pickup. People are ragging on his deal but he is a really nice player. A "glue" guy that does a lot of things...the most underrated "overrated" player in the league. He makes players around him better without filling the stat sheet.
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Post#69 » by Jamaaliver » Sun Jul 28, 2019 11:30 pm

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Where do they stand? This Hawks team is incredibly exciting, but their youth probably has them another year away from it turning into real wins night in and night out. Really, that’s how it should be. Hawks fans will be excited and have a little bit of naive optimism going into this season. It will be a lot of “we’re being slept on” conversations on Reddit Message Boards and in comment sections. The reality is young teams rarely win enough games and this Hawks team is crazy young. However, that’s kind of what’s supposed to happen in a proper rebuild. Fans are supposed to start overvaluing potential in the moment and believing anything is possible. Hawks are beautifully right on schedule and have made some brilliant decisions.


Biggest question moving forward? Are they too young as a core? Allen Crabbe, Jabari Parker, and Alex Len are three of the eldest statesmen on this squad. Crabbe is 27. Len just turned 26. Parker is 24. This team is crazy young. A core of Trae Young, John Collins, Kevin Huerter, Cam Reddish, and De’Andre Hunter is an impressive accumulation of talent. I’ll take their future over most, but not their present. They probably need at least a season, maybe two to be a winning squad.


Realistic expectation: I think they can creep toward 35-38 wins if things break right for them. Mostly, I think the realistic expectation is for them to be a playoff positioning ruiner in the second half of the season. The Hawks can truly build things up this season and figure out the hierarchy of everybody after Trae Young and John Collins. But they’re lacking the veterans needed to often pull out victories on coin flip nights in the regular season. Maybe a bunch of things can break right for them and they’ll be in the playoff race, but I just think that’s a 2021 type of occurrence.
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