5. Not Acquiring Defensive-Minded Free Agents
To say the Hawks weren’t great on the defensive end of the floor is a nice way of putting it. According to NBA.com, the Hawks were tied for the 17th-ranked defense in the league with a 115.4 defensive rating.
If that wasn’t bad enough, the Hawks were also ranked 23rd in defensive efficiency last season. Simply put, Atlanta is an awful defensive team and will not contend for championships until their defensive numbers are respectable again.
It should be Atlanta’s goal to sign, at minimum, two defensive-minded players to shore out their rotation. Players like Jae Crowder, Donte DiVincenzo, and Harrison Barnes come to mind. If the organization can shore out enough cap space, they might be able to think even bigger.
Snyder is one of the best defensive minds in the game today. He undoubtedly already has his sights on some pieces that will fit his style of play and help Atlanta win now.
It’s just a matter of getting them there.