Even ten years ago, the Atlanta Hawks were battling for a playoff spot in the Eastern Conference, and hopefully, the 2022/2023 Hawks will secure a spot in the postseason just like they did in 2012/2013.
The Hawks finished that season with a not-so-glamorous record of 44-38, earning them the sixth place in the conference respectively. Many thought that the Hawks wouldn’t make it after trading away star Joe Johnson to the Brooklyn Nets, however they held their own just fine. The team consisted of long-time members of the team, as well as some new but highly respected players joining either in the FA period or through trades.
They ultimately lost in the first round in a six-game series to the young, up-and-coming Indiana Pacers, nonetheless still a success when looking at the roster. Let’s take a quick peek back into time, preferably at the old starting five, to remember how they played, and where they are today.
Before we begin, I would like to list some honorable mentions off the bench who what notable impact this season on the success of the team, but were not mentioned.
Devin Harris, former NBA All-Star played an important role off the bench, averaging around 10 ppg. He was a mentor to Teague
Zaza Pachulia out of Georgia played backup center and even though his stats weren’t glossy, he was always known as a tenacious rebounder and hustler. He was considered an Atlanta Hawks legend, being a fan favorite and in more modern times, a meme.
DeShawn Stevenson brought a championship mentality, winning one with Dallas in 2011. He didn’t have any crazy averages for this season, however his veteran leadership off the bench was crucial for a team this young.