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Atlanta Hawks free agent investments supported by FiveThirtyEight projection model

August 11th, 2017 at 12:12 PM
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The roster for the Atlanta Hawks has changed quite a bit since the end of the 2016-2017 NBA season. The team’s best player, Paul Millsap, left in free agency and Travis Schlenk’s first order of business was to move away from Dwight Howard in a deal with the Charlotte Hornets. Throw in the fact that rookie John Collins is already making waves and there is an intriguing mix of talent despite the fact that Atlanta has visibly taken a step back in terms of immediate competitiveness.

With all of that turmoil, though, the Hawks didn’t go crazy on the free agent market. Only Dewayne Dedmon, Nicolas Brussino and Luke Babbitt join the roster from other NBA teams, with Atlanta re-signing Mike Muscala and Ersan Ilyasova from within.

To that end, FiveThirtyEight’s CARMELO projections attach a numerical (contract) value to each and every player in the league for the 2017-2018 season and that exercise has been done with regard to the Hawks. Here is what the data says:

Luke Babbitt

  • Contract: 1 year, $1.9 million (veteran minimum)
  • $5.5 million in actual value for 2016-2017
  • $2.7 million projected …

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