MatthewKohn, Staff Reporter
On the night of April 28, John Wall and the Wizards eliminated the Hawks from the NBA playoffs. Despite the season ending earlier than we would have liked, it is hardly a disappointing year for the Hawks. Atlanta has now made the playoffs for 10 straight years, which is the second longest active streak in the NBA, only behind the San Antonio Spurs. The fact that the Hawks have made the playoffs for 10 straight years is not only astonishing, but it also shows great consistency, something hard to come by in sports.
The past season for the Hawks should excite fans for years to come. Even though the Hawks have lost four of their five starters from the great 2014-15 year, from when they were number one in the Eastern Conference, they still were able to play well and compete in the East. The Hawks lost DeMarre Carroll, Al Horford, Jeff Teague and Kyle Korver in the past two years, but there have been multiple other players that have stepped up into their spots to provide the team with quality minutes. One in specific is Tim Hardaway Jr., who came in and helped the team with great defense and the ability to score in large spurts. Also, Dennis Schröder stepped in where Jeff Teague left and played very well as the team’s starting point guard.
Next season is promising with the amount of young talent the Hawks have on their roster. Hardaway expects to continue and improve on his great year and become the star that the Hawks are in need of. Also, Dwight Howard will help be a veteran presence on an otherwise very young roster. If the Hawks are also able to re-sign Paul Millsap to a contract, they will not be at risk of losing yet another one of their starting players. Also, Kent Bazemore will be hungry for a comeback year after a disappointing season. They also hold three draft picks in this year’s loaded draft in June.
Even though the Hawks season is over, but there is still much to be excited about if you are a Hawks fan. The Hawks seem to be just a piece or two away from becoming an elite team again. If they are able to find someone in free agency or in the draft that can have an immediate impact, then the Hawks can expect to compete for the top spot in the Eastern Conference in years to come.