The Atlanta Hawks have done everythign that they can this offseason in order to have success in the coming NBA season. They have drafted well and their rookies seem to have the right attitude to perform solidly on this team or with the College Park Skyhawks, depending on what the Hawks need.
They set some pretty impressive goals for themselves and as a testament to the front office’s ability to get things done, they managed to achieve these goals. This is a franchise with a clear focus in mind and they are willing to make the hard business decisions to get it done.
A case in point was the Kevin Huerter trade where they sent out a beloved player who had been with the franchise since he was drafted. The Hawks saw an opportunity of strengthening a weakness from last season and made the hard call to send out their spare parts man. They got back veteran leaders who make a difference on the defensive end of the floor.
The Atlanta Hawks starting training camp with their team at full strength is a good thing.
Head coach Nate McMillan commented that the Hawks are ready to work on things as a unit. This was not possible last season as there were so many players banged up. This meant that the Hawks were unable to work on the chemistry required. This was one of the few benefits of the Hawks exiting the playoffs early.
However, one of the best parts of media day was when the coach told a story where there was a fan excited to see him in a store and wanted photos, etc. There was a woman who had no idea who McMillan was or even who the Hawks were. This sparked the three questions that will guide the Hawks this season.