Atlanta Hawks media day might have revealed the plan for the future

ATLANTA, GA - SEPTEMBER 25: John Collins
ATLANTA, GA - SEPTEMBER 25: John Collins /

It’s media day for the Atlanta Hawks, and you all know what that means, it’s time to over-analyze everything even more than we were before.

The Atlanta Hawks contingent were out in full force today taking pictures and answering questions from various reporters. It was a day for the players to relax and try out their new threads before the real work begins at training camp starting tomorrow.

The Atlanta Hawks Twitter (@ATLHawks) even tweeted out a couple pictures from the activities, and one in particular caught our eye.

The caption says it all, as these 5 seem to be an integral part of the Hawks’ core moving forward. Dennis Schroder (24), DeAndre’ Bembry (23), John Collins (20), Taurean Prince (23), and Kent Bazemore (28).

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But the picture has us asking more than if this group will simply represent the Hawks core. Hawks fans are all wondering if Coach Mike Budenholzer might actually put these 5 out on the court together. And the idea isn’t too far-fetched either considering that the Hawks will likely not contend in the Eastern Conference and Coach Bud will experiment with his lineups.

These 5 might see time together as a small ball lineup, with Schroder running the point, Bembry at the 2, Bazemore moved up to the 3, Prince also moved up to the 4, and Collins spearheading the frontcourt at center. Even if they don’t find much success, it would be an excellent learning opportunity and a chance to develop more chemistry as they look to resuscitate the franchise.

Youth aside, the older guard were also present at the event, and new veterans Dewayne Dedmon and Marco Belinelli got to be fully immersed in the Hawks media experience. Two-way contract signee Josh Magette also showed up rocking the number 11 in the Hawks jersey with the Sharecare patch.

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Tomorrow the Hawks get to work, as they travel to Athens, Georgia to work out in a closed session at UGA’s facilities in preparation for the upcoming preseason. Only 5 more days of the September slump, and 23 days until the opener. Basketball is back!