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Can the 2013-14 Atlanta Hawks Compete?

by Kenney Dennard


It seems to be the same story for the Atlanta Hawks every April. They have enough talent to get there but not enough to go deep into the play-offs.  Will this year be different?  The Hawks have brought in talented players and this year General Manager Danny Ferry, hopes to show the sports world a new Atlanta Hawk team with more potential.

Several moves were made in the offseason to get better, starting with the head coach. Mike Budenholzer will be coaching the team this year. Budenholzer joins the team with many years experience. He spent 19 years with the San Antonio Spurs, 17 in which he was assistant coach.

There have been a lot of changes made with the Hawks roster as well. Josh Smith left the team for Detroit in the free agency over the summer. Atlanta may have got a better all around player in Paul Millsap. He may not be the defender Smith was but he is a proficient scorer who can lead a team. Millsap has a career average of 12.4 points and 7.4 rebounds per game all with the Utah Jazz. He scored a career high of 46 points  in the teams's 116-114 overtime victory against the Miami Heat in 2010 after they came back from a 22-point deficit.

Other offseason pickups for the Hawks include veteran power forward Elton Brand, who will most likely be used as a back-up Center for Al Horford. They also acquired Gustavo Ayon, who was just awarded MVP at the 2013 FIBA Americas.  He lead Mexico to the championship averaging 17.5 points and 9.6 rebounds. Ayon began his career in New Orleans during the 2012 season where he averaged 5.9 points and 4.9 rebounds.

Paul Millsap will most likely join Jeff Teague, Louis Williams, Kyle Korver and Al Horford in the starting lineup. Training Camp for the Hawks started October 1 and the season opener will be Wednesday, October 30 against the Dallas Mavericks.  The home opener will be Friday, November 1st against the Toronto Raptures.

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