The Atlanta Hawks have crawled out from the early stages of their rebuild and reached the point where contending in the Eastern Conference is a realistic expectation.
Here's how that altered the roster:
- PG: Trae Young, Rajon Rondo
- SG: Kevin Huerter, DeAndre' Bembry
- SF: Danilo Gallinari, De'Andre Hunter
- PF: John Collins, Onyeka Okongwu
- C: Clint Capela, Onyeka Okongwu
While Rondo will add a veteran—and two-time champion—presence, this is still Trae Young's offense to lead.
The addition of Gallinari may prove most beneficial. A 32-year-old combo guard who can move to the front court when needed, Gallinari shot 40.5 percent from behind the arc last season with the Oklahoma City Thunder while averaging 18.7 points per game.
Considering Atlanta scored 111.8 points per game last season (17th in the NBA), it certainly needs extra offense.
The Hawks finished 20-47 and dead last in the Southeast Division. They should be able to take a big step forward next season and challenge for a playoff spot alongside the Charlotte Hornets.
The retooled roster likely isn't enough for the Hawks to catch the Miami Heat atop the division, but the potential is there to close that gap sooner than later.