Vegas Over/Under: 25.5
Fromal’s Record Projection: 24-58 The Bet: Beneath with confidence that is marginal Try to name the Atlanta Hawks’ five greatest players following the offseason departures of Dwight Howard and Paul Millsap. It is not the simplest of jobs. That would be fine if the franchise that has made the playoffs each of the previous 10 seasons were filled with talent, as opposed to the current situation that’s rather conducive to the dreaded”t” word.
Dennis Schroder is certainly part of the mix, in addition to newly acquired big man Dewayne Dedmon. But who else? Kent Bazemore, Taurean Prince and Ersan Ilyasova? Can Marco Belinelli or even Luke Babbitt be in the mix if they could keep shooting as they did with the Charlotte Hornets and Miami Heat, respectively? Are we already prepared to throw John Collins?
This Atlanta roster might have some upside, but it’s almost entirely devoid of recognized talent. The top pieces have question marks, because Schroder hasn’t served as the unquestioned leader of a team, Dedmon has yet to play with over 17.5 minutes per game and Bazemore is coming off a disappointing effort.
Talent wins out in the NBA, and the Hawks do not have enough of it–or enough motivation to avert the bottom of the Eastern Conference–to shove the 26 wins necessary for the over wager.
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