Atlanta Hawks: Nate McMillan says sacrifice is the key for next season

Atlanta Hawks. Mandatory Credit: Raj Mehta-USA TODAY Sports
Atlanta Hawks. Mandatory Credit: Raj Mehta-USA TODAY Sports /

The NBA preseason officially opened with Nate McMillan talking to the media on the future of the Atlanta Hawks in the 2021-22 season. To say that this future is exciting is an understatement. This is a deep team with three players who can take the court at any time in every position.

While they have an incredibly deep roster, all the talent in the world does not guarantee success. Firstly, the coaching staff has to have a system in place. Secondly, the coaching staff then have to have their players buy into that system in order to promote the possibility of success.

This buy-in is crucial as it means that the team will do what it takes for the team to succeed. Every player has a tremendous ability to play the game of basketball. However, some of them need to shelve some aspects of the game for the good of the team.

The Atlanta Hawks players need to sacrifice their game for the good of the team.

There are a number of players who need to sacrifice their games in order for the team to have a greater level of success. Without this, the team will fall short of their expectations. There are so many talented teams in the NBA, but too many of them have issues with their chemistry and structure.

So many of the Hawks players have the ability to average more points or rebounds per game, John Collins had a season where he averaged more than 20 points and 10 rebounds per game just two seasons ago. Likewise Trae young averaged almost 30 points per game in the same season.

These were losing seasons for the Hawks and given that the Hawks have seen what they could do in an injury-plagued season with veterans helping to guide their younger stars to power their season where they almost made the NBA Finals.

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This is huge for the franchise moving forward under McMillan who enters his first full season at the helm of the Hawks. He has shown that he can get the core from last season to buy in. With this core coming back for another season, he has the ability to build on last season, to build what the franchise hopes will be championship-winning chemistry.