The upcoming 2014-15 season is quickly approaching, free agency is winding down and training camp is about to begin. As the regular season arrives, the Atlanta Hawks are picking up their training in an attempt to improve upon last year’s 38-44 campaign.
Atlanta started 16-13 last season under first-year head coach Mike Budenholzer, but unfortunately couldn’t sustain the early momentum as the team’s captain — and two-time All-Star — Al Horford was lost to a season-ending injury in late December.
The Horford injury was a foreshadowing of things to come for the Hawks as they had a slew of injuries during the season.
Despite a sub-.500 record, the team was able to make the playoffs as the 8th-seed. They were unable, however, to close out the top-seeded Indiana Pacers even though they took the series lead multiple times throughout the first round (1-0, 2-1 and 3-2), and ended up losing in seven games.
Although most of last season was lost because of a litany of injuries, Hawks fans should look forward to next season with optimism — the team is healthy and there will be improvement from the youngsters.
Here are 5 Bold Predictions for the Atlanta Hawks in 2014-15!