Vegas Over/Under: 25.5
Fromal’s Record Projection: 24-58 The Bet: Beneath with marginal confidence Try to name the Atlanta Hawks’ five greatest players following the departures of Dwight Howard and Paul Millsap. It’s not the easiest of jobs. That would be fine if the franchise which has made the playoffs each of the previous 10 seasons were overflowing with talent, instead of the current situation that’s quite conducive to the dreaded”t” word.
Dennis Schroder is certainly part of this mix, as well as newly acquired big man Dewayne Dedmon. But who else? Kent Bazemore, Taurean Prince and Ersan Ilyasova? Will Marco Belinelli or even Luke Babbitt maintain 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 into the equation?
This Atlanta roster might have some upside, but it’s almost entirely devoid of recognized talent. The top pieces have question marks, since Schroder has not served as the unquestioned leader of a group, Dedmon has yet to play with over 17.5 minutes per game and Bazemore is coming from a disappointing effort.
Talent wins out in the NBA, and the Hawks don’t have enough of itor sufficient motivation to avoid the bottom of the Eastern Conference–to shove toward the 26 wins necessary for the over wager.