The Atlanta Hawks are an enigma wrapped in a riddle, a team that has as much depth as ever but that at the same time relies on five key players to make the difference between “mediocre and irrelevant” and “surprising and exciting.”
There is optimism in the air in Downtown Atlanta since the Braves made the playoffs and the Falcons are the only remaining undefeated team in the NFL with a 6-0 record, so that carries over to the Hawks as well.
The best representation of the expectations that people have for the Hawks can be seen in the various predictions made for the upcoming season.
Nobody seems to really see them imploding and being a lock for the lottery, which sort of turns them into the Phoenix Suns of the Eastern Conference.
Let’s take a look at the quintet that will carry the burden of allowing the Hawks to soar or crash and burn in the Southeast Division.