Don’t mistake this point for a lack of respect for the incredibly talented Joe Johnson. With the loss of Johnson, the Hawks lose a great scorer, a fantastic three-point shooter and a team leader.
Atlanta has not missed the playoffs in the last five seasons. That being said, they have not made it passed the second round in any of these playoff appearances.
Trading Joe Johnson was necessary for the Hawks to continue to grow towards a future roster that can compete against a talented Eastern Conference.
With the added salary cap that the Hawks received from unloading Johnson’s massive contract that still has $89 million on it, the Hawks have been able to bring in a plethora of talented, young players that fit a new run-and-gun style offense.
Here are five ways the Atlanta Hawks can still contend after trading away Johnson.