Let the kids play.
It’s preseason, and for a young and fluid roster, it will be important for the young guns to gain more experience at a competition level similar to what they will see in the regular season. Six players have two seasons or less NBA experience coming into preseason. Only two players remain from the team two seasons ago, Teague and Horford, and there are at least 7 new faces that joined the team this offseason. It will be difficult to find cohesion on the floor and the locker room immediately, although with this calm-demeanor, hard working bunch, it should not take too long for things to click.
The Atlanta Hawks preseason schedule was released, and here are the seven games that the Hawks will participate in:
Mon. Oct. 7 @ Heat, 7:30 p.m.
Tue. Oct. 8 @ Bobcats (Asheville, N.C.), 7:30 p.m.
Sun, Oct, 13 @ Pelicans (Biloxi, Miss.), 2 p.m.
Thu. Oct 17 vs. Spurs, 7:30 p.m.
Sun. Oct. 20 vs. Grizzlies, 3 p.m.
Tue. Oct. 22 vs. Pacers, 7:30 p.m.
Wed. Oct. 23 @ Mavericks, 8:30 p.m.
All those dazzling passes provided by Dennis Schröder in the Las Vegas Summer League will return, sans the alley-oop finishing Lucas Nogueira. It will also be a good experience for Schröder to work on his on ball defense at a near NBA regular season level. John Jenkins will have an opportunity to rebound from his disappointing performance in Las Vegas. He’ll be expected to be the main wing scorer next to Korver until Lou Williams can return to the court.
As is traditionally the process, the Hawks will play mostly geographically close teams. The Hawks will open the regular season where they finished their preseason exactly a week later in Dallas. October represents a return to NBA basketball, and that is enough for fans to get excited.
To check out the Hawks’ regular-season schedule, click here.