Atlanta Hawks: Thanks for the memories Brandon Goodwin

Atlanta Hawks. (Photo by Jacob Kupferman/Getty Images)
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The Atlanta Hawks roster appears to be set with some minor question marks hanging over the 17th spot for the franchise. The Hawks have had another incredible offseason where they have strengthened their roster in so many ways. Travis Schlenk did it again by finding two gems in the draft despite not having the most favorable picks.

On top of that, they extended Trae Young, re-signed John Collins, Solomon Hill, Lou Williams, and Skylar Mays. In free agency, they signed Gorgui Dieng in an effort to add shot-blocking and shooting to the bench. They also made the savvy trade to send Kris Dunn and Bruno Fernando away and got Delon Wright in return.

The Hawks signed Johnny Hamilton to a deal but, given the size of it, the Hawks could waive him if another player came along that suited their needs better. As a result, the Hawks have said farewell to Nathan Knight and Tony Snell who have gone to other teams to continue their career.

The Atlanta Hawks appear to have said farewell to Brandon Goodwin

Unfortunately with all of these moves, it appears that the Hawks have moved on from Brandon Goodwin. He played well for the most part of last season, missing the playoffs due to a non-COVID-related illness. He could have made a difference when Young got injured in the Eastern Conference Finals.

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Goodwin played with heart and gave full energy every time that he hit the court. When Young was injured during the season, Goodwin stepped up to start and did an admiral job on a number of occasions. He could have been a long-term project for the franchise, but alas it appears not to be the case.

There were two moments this season that really showed who Goodwin was as a basketball player. The first was when he came on the court during a potential blowout loss to the Charlotte Hornets. Rumors had just surfaced about how Young and Collins had disagreed about the way the offense should be run.

This did not impact the way that Goodwin played. He cut through the Hornets’ defense with his trademark quickness and played havoc with their offense by getting into passing lanes. He almost sparked the most unlikely comeback.

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The second was in the blowout win against the Phoenix Suns. Nathan Knight had just blocked a shot and the ball came to Goodwin. He pulled off a tremendous move to get around the defender and then passed the ball back to Knight on an alley-oop which he finished with a massive dunk. This unselfishness summed up the play of Goodwin. He will be missed by the Hawks faithful.