The Atlanta Hawks started the preseason on a good note, defeating the Dwayne Wade-less Miami Heat 92-79. The win—nice as it was at home—doesn’t mean the Hawks are ready to become a championship contender.
However, it did offer us glimpses of what Larry Drew’s team could look like.
The team’s mantra is defense, more defense and being fast on offense, in that order—at least for now.
Allowing a potent offensive team like the Heat to score only 79 points sounds impressive, but let’s remember that 26 of those points came in the first quarter, when the starters were on the court.
Starters. That is the key word for the Hawks as the roster continues to come together with Joe Johnson gone and a plethora of new players, a total of 14, trying to find their place in an up-tempo offensive system.
So let’s take a look at the main storylines and position battles that will take place in training camp throughout this month, before the regular season starts on November 2 at home against the Houston Rockets.