2010 Atlanta Hawks Preview
The Atlanta Hawks are off a pretty good season considering what they have done in the past. They advanced to the semi-finals to face Cleveland after being kicked out in the first round in the year prior. The bad news is they were swept out of the playoffs and looked severely out matched against the Cavaliers.
Mike Woodson has made the difference with this squad and they are in a suddenly very tough Eastern conference with Cleveland, Orlando, and Boston, but they did manage to get a fourth seed. This year in the off-season they went out and got better.
The first thing they did was grab an established guard in Jamal Crawford. This is exactly what this team needed and he can bring some experience that will help the Hawks do much better in the half court offense then they did last year. At the same time he will be able to run the break and play to the strengths of this Hawks team. With other great additions from other teams in the free agent market this pales in comparison but it is still a good pick up.
In the draft the Hawks stayed with the guard theme picking up two of them in Sergiy Gladyr and Jeff Teague. These picks will work out fine especially the addition of Teague and will make up for the losses they had in the off-season when guards Speedy Claxton and Acie Law both left the team.
This year the Hawks are almost a lock to stay in the fourth seed in the east. They kept a sold core of Bibby, Pachulia and Marvin Williams and with Crawford coming to town they will be dangerous. The scorers stayed put led by Joe Johnson and the big key will be if they can step up and be part of the elite. They will face off in a fight against the Miami Heat for the Southeastern Conference but that might be as far as they go. One thing for sure is the Atlanta Hawks will be fun to watch this year.