Naming every former member of the Atlanta Hawks included in the NBA’s return to play.
Unfortunately, the Atlanta Hawks’ season will not be continuing, with the team being left out of the “Orlando Bubble”. 22 other NBA teams will head to Disney to finish the season at the end of next month, finally bringing live basketball back to the world.
While the current-day Hawks won’t be in Orlando, there are some former Hawks for fans to root for. Here we’ll be highlighting the three biggest names before listing all the former Hawks who will be playing for a shot at the championship.
Paul Millsap – Denver Nuggets
Atlanta Hawks fans will always have a soft spot in their hearts for Paul Millsap, the hard-working, defensive-minded forward who spent four seasons with the team, making an All-Star appearance in each one.
Those four seasons were among the most successful in Hawks history, with Millsap – together with a few other names on this list – guiding the 2014-2015 team to a franchise-best 60 wins and a Conference Finals appearance.
With the Hawks headed towards a rebuild, Millsap opted to leave town to receive a big paycheck courtesy of the Denver Nuggets. While Millsap hasn’t performed at the same All-Star level he did in Atlanta, he has done well overall in the Mile High City, a key cog in the Nugs’ well-oiled machine.
When play halted in March, Denver was third place in the Western Conference with a 43-22 record. They’ll be in the Grand Destino in Orlando, along with the other NBA powerhouses like the Bucks, Lakers, Clippers, and Raptors.
Millsap and the Nugs will miss their elevated home-court advantage but could surprise some teams with their defensive present. At 35, Millsap will still be a big part of their championship hopes.