Atlanta Hawks NBA Team Preview and Betting Picks
State Farm Arena – Atlanta, Georgia
Lloyd Pierce – Head Coach
2017 Record: 24-58
The Atlanta Hawks enter the 2018-2019 NBA regular season with a ton of hype and excitement with a very strong but young stable of players.
Last season, the Hawks finished up in 5th place in the Southeast Division and 15th place in the Eastern Conference. They were 24-58 on the year and did not make the playoffs for the first time since 2007.
The Hawks went 16-25 at home last year and just 8-33 on the road. This team struggled all year long and turned the chapter to a youth movement in 2018-2019. This year, they are expecting the young team to grow together and compete against the more experienced players in the league.
Atlanta Hawks Coaching
Lloyd Pierce is taking over the Head Coaching position in Atlanta. Pierce will take over a team that was formerly coached by current Milwaukee Bucks Head Coach Mike Budenholzer.
Pierce started his coaching career back in 2003, when he was an assistant for Santa Clara, then joined the ranks of the NBA as an assistant in 2007. This will be his first Head Coaching position but he has served in the Assistant Head Coach position for the Cleveland Cavaliers, Golden State Warriors, Memphis Grizzlies and Philadelphia 76’ers.
Atlanta Hawks Key Additions
Jaylen Adams – The Hawks signed Adams to a two-way contract but he will spend his year in the G-League with the Erie BayHawks. The two-way contract allows him to be on the Atlanta Hawks a total of 45 days once the BayHawks season gets started.
Alex Len – The Hawks signed 7’01 Center Len to serve as their backup Center. Dewayne Dedmon will most likely win the starting job, which will leave Len coming in off the bench.
Daniel Hamilton – The Hawks signed Hamilton, who spent last year on a two-way contract with the Oklahoma City Thunder. Hamilton really didn’t get much experience in the big league, as he spent the majority of the year in G-League and only played 28 minutes with the Thunder in the NBA. Hamilton is still eligible to play in the G-League this year and realistically will spend a majority of his time there this year again.
Alex Poythress – Poythress signed a two-way contract with the Hawks back in July and many people believe that he will continue to grow, like he did last year with the Pacers, and become an everyday player for the big league in the NBA.
Vince Carter – The Hawks signed Carter, who turns 42 years old in January. Carter is the oldest active NBA player in the league and most believe this will be his last year if he makes it through the entire season. Most believe he will retire this year and move on to a television role as a broadcaster.
Thomas Robinson – The Hawks signed Robinson to add depth and experience to a young roster. Robinson has played 313 career games ranging from his time with the Sacramento Kings, Houston Rockets, Portland Trail Blazers, Philadelphia 76’ers, Brooklyn Nets, and LA Lakers. Robinson was away from the NBA last year, playing in Russia, where he averaged 8.5 points per game and 5.7 rebounds per game.
R.J. Hunter – Hunter was signed by the Hawks to at least play throughout the training camp and preseason. It is undetermined if he spends time with the team during the regular season, due mainly to the fact that Erie owns his rights but with his experience and abilities, he could end up being trade bait later in the season.
Cole Aldrich – Earlier this month (September), the Hawks added some more depth to the Center position, signing Cole Aldrich to a non-guaranteed training camp contract. Aldrich is an 8 year veteran of the NBA.
The Atlanta Hawks had the #3 selection in the 2018 NBA Draft, as well as 3 additional draft picks to build upon. They actually made a swap of picks with the Mavericks and with the 5th overall selection in the 2018 NBA Draft, the Hawks selected Oklahoma Sooner Point Guard Trae Young. Young is expected to come in and make an immediate impact with the team, potentially leading the team in assists. Young and last year’s rookie John Collins are expected to be the future faces of the organization.
The second 1st round selection by the Hawks was former Maryland Terrapins Shooting Forward Kevin Huerter. The final 1st round draft pick was Villanova Wildcats Power Forward Omari Spellman.
Atlanta Hawks Key Losses
- Dennis Schroder – Traded
- Mike Muscala – Traded
- Tyler Cavanaugh – Waived
- Isaiah Taylor – Waived
- Carmelo Anthony – Waived
- Jaylen Morris – Waived
- Antonius Cleveland – Waived
- Damion Lee – Unrestricted Free Agent signed with Golden State Warriors
- Josh Magette – Unrestricted Free Agent signed outside the United States
- Malcolm Delaney – Unrestricted Free Agent signed outside the United States
Atlanta Hawks Starting 5
Taurean Prince (SF) – Prince is expected to have sort of a breakout season for the Hawks and will most likely lead the team in scoring in 2018-2019. Prince won’t have the pressure of being the only scorer on the team this year and the lack of pressure and other scorers in the lineup should provide a nice boost to his numbers overall.
John Collins (PF) – Collins is back for his 2nd year in a Hawks uniform and this year, he should be much more comfortable with his rookie season behind him. Collins is expected to continue to grow in the youth movement of the Hawks. Collins will most likely end up being one of the top shot blockers in the league again this year, permitting he can stay healthy throughout the season.
Trae Young (PG) – Some people believe that the starting Point Guard job will end up going to Jeremy Lin, I disagree. I don’t think the Hawks moved up in the draft to select the 6th man. Young can shoot but his style still will need to adjust to the NBA. Young was one of the best three-point shooters in college last year but once again, we will need to see how he adjusts to the NBA.
Kent Bazemore (SG) – Bazemore is an athletic 3-point shooter that can play defense. He is a hot commodity in the NBA because of those two traits. Nearly every team in the NBA wants someone that can shoot the three-pointers effectively but also play tough defense. There have been numerous rumors running around about Bazemore being traded and it wouldn’t shock me one bit if he is traded this year for some prospects and potential draft picks as the Hawks are still in the rebuilding phase.
Dewayne Dedmon (C) – Last year, Dedmon led the team in rebounds with 7.9 rebounds per game and was second in blocks behind rookie John Collins. This year, he is expected to improve once again and serve as the teams top defensive player.
2018 Predictions and Betting Outlook for Atlanta Hawks
Sorry Hawks fans but the Hawks are expected to finish at or around the bottom of the Eastern Conference. They are young and the future is bright for them but this isn’t the year.
From a betting standpoint, they are the longest shot on the board to win the NBA Championship at +30000 over at MyBookie. Sure, we would all love to cash a wager with odds of +30000 but it isn’t going to happen here. There is absolutely no chance this team makes the playoffs, more less win the NBA Championship!
Staying over at MyBookie, they have set the regular season win total for Atlanta Hawks at 24 games. Now, let me be very clear here…..I think this is a team that will not make the playoffs and a team that is going to struggle but even I am tempted into playing over 24 games. That is the exact number of wins they recorded last year and I feel that they are better this year, in a weaker conference. I’m not saying you should bet them to go over the posted regular-season win total…..but I wouldn’t fault you if did!
- Odds to Win NBA Championship: +30000
- Odds to Win Eastern Conference Championship: +10000
- Odds to Win Southeast Division: +8000
- NBA Regular Season Wins Total: 24
- NBA Rookie of the Year Odds: Trae Young +1100
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