The Atlanta Hawks will embark on the post-Joe Johnson era when the 2012-2013 season begins, whether they like it or not.
A lot of questions face this newly assembled roster consisting of 2011 NBA champion DeShawn Stevenson, the streaky shooter Anthony Morrow and deadly scorer Lou Williams.
But the question everyone wants to know the answer to is, "Is Josh Smith mature and good enough to become the new face of this franchise?"
The Hawks will continue to try and move up in rank in the Eastern Conference. A task much harder without Johnson, and with other teams around the league getting stronger as Atlanta seemingly weakens.
How will the Hawks fare without their superstar they had become so comfortable with? Will Smith crack under the pressure or pick off where he left off last season and do more than scratch the surface of being an All-Star?
These questions and more will be answered throughout the season.
That being said, there is much more to look forward to this season for Hawks fans, including marquee matchups and a favorable schedule for a team who will take as much help as it can get.