The NBA preseason is over.
The Atlanta Hawks went 3-4 and that means…absolutely nothing, really. That record is as meaningful as the Lakers’ 0-8 or Toronto’s 6-1 mark. In all likelihood, it is not reflective of what will happen starting next Friday night against the Houston Rockets at home.
The fact that the Hawks’ final preseason record can be discarded and quickly forgotten doesn’t mean we can’t draw some conclusions as Larry Drew’s team enters one of the most unpredictable seasons in recent history.
Atlanta was slowed down by multiple injuries, so Drew couldn’t field the same starting lineup consistently.
That would not be a big deal for a team that knows each other like the Miami Heat, but the Hawks have little time as it is with so many new pieces and a new style of play with an up-tempo offense.
On the bright side, Josh Smith took only three pointers in six preseason games. That is a tiny miracle. We also saw impressive performances by a pair of rookies that proved that they have the potential to fit in just fine in the NBA.
So let’s take a look at how each player in Atlanta’s roster performed during this preseason before one of the most intriguing and unpredictable seasons the franchise has ever faced.
Update (Saturday, 8:13 p.m.): The Hawks have released James Anderson and Damion James