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Three intriguing reasons to watch the 2017-18 Atlanta Hawks

August 8th, 2017 at 12:55 PM
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By now, it’s abundantly clear that the Atlanta Hawks are rebuilding, and that this season’s team will be decidedly beneath the middle of the NBA pack. General Manager Travis Schlenk reportedly wants to avoid years of prolonged mediocrity, but in the short term, this Atlanta team will have all the hallmarks of a rebuilding franchise (in short, they will likely be bad). This reality is encouraging for next year’s draft, but June 2018 is nearly a year away.

Rebuilds are often long and uninteresting for the fans. As exciting as the Philadelphia 76ers are now, it’s undeniable that their on-court product has been decidedly lackluster in recent years. And while Schlenk’s comments suggest that he wants to build a competitive team much faster than Philadelphia has, his plans don’t change the roster’s short-term realities. As far as the playoffs and immediate contention go, the Hawks are short on intrigue.

However, I’d like to suggest that there are actually plenty of reasons to care about this iteration of the Hawks, and that this team is still worth watching, even on a random weeknight in January. The roster is young (for the first time in a while), and there are multiple players who could profile as trade assets if situations work out right. Much of what happens in 2017-18 will determine the success of Schlenk’s long-term vision for Atlanta.

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