The Atlanta Hawks turned their roster inside out. They're gearing up for a spending spree next offseason, but can they still be a legit playoff contender this year in the ever-more competitive Eastern Conference?
In this episode of Basketball by Association, NBA assistant editors Ethan Norof and Joel C. Cordes break down all the key roster losses and additions, discuss the biggest storylines to watch and set realistic expectations for the Hawks.
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With Joe Johnson gone, the backcourt is an intriguing mix of questions. Is Jeff Teague the starter, or will Devin Harris push him for minutes? Who is the starting two? Lou Williams, Anthony Morrow and Kyle Korver are all capable, but are any the long-term answer?
Who is filling the massive hole at small forward? Will Josh Smith shift back to that spot, or are the Hawks going to patchwork the position with Korver, DeShawn Stevenson or even rookie John Jenkins?
Coach Larry Drew is going to open this team up to run, but will they be able to stop anyone defensively?
Is Josh Smith going to stay beyond this year? Are Teague and Al Horford franchise building blocks or just nice contributing players?
What's a realistic regular-season win total for the Hawks?
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