The Atlanta Hawks have plunged into full on tank mode to the surprise of no one.
With promising youngsters like Taurean Prince, Dennis Schroder and John Collins the Atlanta Hawks are sure to focus on young improvement that may not show up on the scoreboard.
Here is an early record prediction and some key matchups for the Atlanta Hawks this season.
Wednesday October 18th @ Dallas
Opening day for Atlanta will answer some lingering questions of the offseason. Is the starting lineup set at
Schroder at the 1
Baze at the 2
Prince at the 3
Collins (I hope) or Ilyasova at the 4
Dedmon at the 5?
We’ll also see the first looks at our major roster turnover and that beautiful new Sharecare Patch on the Nike jerseys.
Friday October 27th vs. Denver
In Paul Millsap’s homecoming game, hopefully Atlanta fans are extremely appreciative and show respect to the 4 time Hawks All Star. He left for greener pastures as he didn’t fit our timeline and it will be a little interesting seeing him repping the Mile High City.
Also a matchup of new versus old as rookie John Collins gets to test his skills against one of the best PF in the league.
Monday November 20th @ San Antonio
Taurean Prince gets to matchup against arguably the best two way player in the NBA in Kawhi Leonard. And Atlanta fans get to see a glimpse into the future if the developmental gods will have our bidding as Prince develops his 3 point shot and becomes quasi Kawhi. (I’m only sort of kidding)
Sunday March 11th vs. Chicago
This offseason Chicago and Atlanta have both taken the same path of youth and tanking. We traded Dwight and let Millsap walk while the Windy City traded their All-star Jimmy Butler to Minnesota for lottery pick Lauri Markkanen.
This late in the season, a matchup against two young teams could be vital when it comes to the lottery. *cough* So this might not necessarily be a game we want the Hawks to win. *cough*
Friday April 6th @ Washington
In one of Atlanta’s final games of the season, we get to go against our division rival and noted Atlanta hater John Wall and co. Atlanta will probably be out of contention at this point but hopefully Schroder can go toe to toe with a top 5 PG and maybe spoil some late season momentum for Washington.
Final Record Prediction: 23-59
Not going to lie, I think the Hawks are going to be extremely annoying this year. I think that record predicted above is not going to be bad enough to get us that top 8 pick we’re thirsting for. Mike is going to refuse to tank and once again overachieve with this roster. Whether its giving Ilyasova too many minutes or Schroder plays out of his mind, Atlanta is going to win just a bit too many games to fully satisfy the fanbase.