The Atlanta Hawks had a tremendous offseason where to the outside observer they managed to fix most of the issues that NBA experts said they needed to. However, no one had the chance to ask the front office what they wanted to do until media day. So, what were the Hawks’ objectives for the offseason, and did they manage to achieve them?
The Hawks decided that they were going to chase defense and leadership which is a good place to tweak the roster. So, did the Hawks achieve these goals? Well according to their general manager Landry Fields, they believe that they did. So, how did the Hawks manage to achieve these goals?
Well, the first part of the offseason would have been enough for the Hawks to believe that they satisfied both of these goals. They traded for Dejounte Murray who is one of the top defensive players in the league and has developed into a leader on both ends of the floor.
The rest of the offseason was still a success for the Atlanta Hawks.
The Hawks continued to upgrade their defense with the Kevin Huerter trade, where they received Maurice Harkless and Justin Holiday. Both of these players are veterans in the league who have excelled on the defensive end of the floor.
Even the signing of Frank Kaminsky who is not a noted defender was geared towards this goal. Whether he is on the court or on the bench, he is always locked in and engaged. Thanks to being in the league for an extended period of time Kaminsky is able to recognize plays and yells them out in an effort to help break up the opponent’s plays.
The Hawks are looking to get their season off to a good start and adding the veteran defenders that they have is going to be huge for this team. So, did the Hawks achieve their goals of the offseason? Absolutely they did. It could propel them to great heights this season.