Atlanta Hawks: Imagining the team without John Collins

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What the Atlanta Hawks frontcourt rotation would then look like.

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Obviously, Clint Capela would remain the starting center. His game this year is one of the biggest positives for the Hawks. He is leading the league in rebounding and his connection with Young is turning into something beautiful to behold.

Gallinari would start next to Capela, with his shooting giving the pick and roll for the Hawks some true venom thanks to the floor being more open. Gallinari also has the ability to create a pick and pop scenario that is going to benefit Young no end.

Onyeka Okongwu will have to develop more quickly than he is at the moment but he will split the backup center role with Bruno Fernando. While this is not ideal, the Hawks appear not to be making any strides towards the playoffs this season and need to focus on developing their younger squad members.

The power forward rotation does become a little thinner with Solomon Hill being the main option to back up Gallinari. This would also open up more time for two-way player Nathan Knight to continue to develop his game.

While this may appear not to be the best option, it may be the way the Hawks need to go. It may also have the added benefit of netting the Hawks one of two lottery picks in a very strong draft. Time will tell if the Hakws move on Collins or not.

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