Fresh off the departure of their head coach, the Atlanta Hawks head into the 2018 offseason with increasing amounts of uncertainty.
With what appears to be a roster suitable for a bottom feeder status, the Hawks do not appear to be a team that many of the respectable head coaches will be looking to acquire.
However, with a few young pieces and players with solid trade value, could this be a roster that successful coaches should be looking to attain?
The Hawks ended the 2017-18 season with an Eastern Conference low of 24 wins, and a depressing nine wins away from their homecourt in Atlanta. As a result, the Hawks are in line for a top-five pick and the chance to draft an impact player to lead this team into the future. Along with that selection, the Hawks also pick at 19, from the Timberwolves, and number 30, from the Rockets. These picks could also be bunched together to get in the top 15, or they could select all three players to help add young role players to the roster.
The Hawks also have rookie John Collins, who they selected 19th in last year’s draft, and surprise forward, 24-year-old Taurean Prince, who showed he could lead a team during the last couple months of the season.
The Hawks also have multiple players on the roster that could be dealt for future assets, such as younger prospects or draft picks. For example, Dennis Schroder could be sent to a middle of the pack team for a first-round pick, or a package centered around Kent Bazemore and Dewayne Dedmon as a late first rounder or a young struggling player.
Free agency could also help Atlanta, as they have enough money to land a big fish in the free agency pool. The Hawks could look to lure away Aaron Gordon from the Orlando Magic, or Jabari Parker from the Milwaukee Bucks, to add some more youth and talent to this roster.
Although the Hawks don’t necessarily have the key players right now that would fully convince a coach that this team is the best job available, they do have the assets that could put them on the fast track to rebuilding their franchise.
For a inexperienced and up and coming coach, the possibility to learn and grow together with this team should put the Atlanta Hawks near the top of the list of teams looking to add a new general to their roster.