Vegas Over/Under: 25.5
The Record Projection: 24-58 of fromal The Bet: Under with marginal confidence Try to name the Atlanta Hawks’ five best players after the offseason departures of Dwight Howard and Paul Millsap. It’s not the easiest of jobs. That would be fine if the franchise that has made the playoffs each of the previous ten seasons were overflowing with talent, instead of the current situation that is quite conducive to the dreaded”t” word.
Dennis Schroder is part of the mix, as well as recently acquired big man Dewayne Dedmon. However, who else? Kent Bazemore, Taurean Prince and Ersan Ilyasova? Can Marco Belinelli or Luke Babbitt be in the mix if they can keep shooting as they did with the Charlotte Hornets and Miami Heat, respectively? Are we prepared to throw John Collins?
This Atlanta roster may have some upside, but it’s almost completely devoid of recognized talent. Even the top pieces have question marks, since Schroder has not served as the unquestioned leader of a team, Dedmon has to play over 17.5 minutes per game and Bazemore is coming from a disappointing campaign.
Talent wins out in the NBA, and the Hawks do not have enough of itor enough motivation to avoid the base of the Eastern Conference–to shove the 26 wins essential for the over bet.
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