Atlanta Hawks: Ranking the 5 best defenders on the roster

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The Atlanta Hawks set out to improve upon their defense in the draft and free agency this offseason; here are the 5 best defenders on the roster.

One of the major areas of concern for the Atlanta Hawks last season was their lack of defense. With franchise point guard Trae Young being one of the worst defenders in the league, it’s no surprise that management set out to grab some big-time defenders in the draft and in free agency.

It still remains to be seen if the Hawks will be able to provide consistent scoring but they will surely face some of the top-scoring teams in the league early this season and will need to be able to compete defensively. We’ve yet to see some of the new guys in action this preseason but they ought to be ready to go come opening night on Monday, December 28th versus the Detroit Pistons.

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The Hawks split their preseason homestand with the Orlando Magic this past weekend. In a post-game interview, forward De’Andre Hunter let it be known that his goal for the year is to become the Hawks’ best defender.

That got us thinking. Who are the best defenders on the Atlanta Hawks roster?

With two more regular-season games still left to play against the young, exciting Memphis Grizzlies, it’s never too early to look at what the Hawks have to work with this year. Here are the top 5 defenders on the Atlanta Hawks roster this season.