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Atlanta Hawks 2022-23 NBA preview: Trae Young gets help at both ends of floor, but there still are concerns

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It was quickly overshadowed by several other high-profile NBA events, but the Atlanta Hawks greatly improved their prospects for the 2022-2023 season when they landed a blockbuster deal for Dejonte Murray early in the offseason. Murray is now joining superstar Trae Young to form one of the most dynamic backcourts in the NBA, and when Altanta is healthy, she will have a well-rounded and talented starting lineup.

Hawks fans were no doubt disappointed with last season’s eighth-place finish and their exit from the first round of the playoffs, and management clearly felt a major overhaul was needed. As a result, Atlanta now has two All-Stars in the backcourt, but has had to sacrifice depth and other assets in the process. The Hawks are ready and they won’t tolerate another poor season.

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Here’s a quick look at some of the off-season changes, followed by a preview of the 2022-23 Atlanta Hawks.

Key changes

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    Acquired by Dejonte Murray and Jock Landale from the San Antonio Spurs in exchange for Danilo Gallinari and first-round picks in 2023, 2025, and 2027, and a trade in 2026 first-round picks.

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    Drafted A.J. Griffin 16th overall in the 2022 draft.

  • Traded Kevin Huerter to the Sacramento Kings for Justin Holiday, Maurice Harkless and a 2024 first round pick (top 14 protected).

  • Signed Aaron Holiday to a one-year, $1.9 million contract.

  • Signed Frank Kaminsky to a one-year, $2.5 million contract.

  • Traded Moe Harkless and a future second-round pick to the Oklahoma City Thunder for Vita Kreichi.

Compound

PlayerJob titleAge

Bogdan Bogdanovich

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thirty

Armoni Brookswatch over24

Clint Capela

Center

28

John Collins

Forward

25

Jarrett Culver

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23

Malik Allison

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26

Tyson Etienne

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23

Trent Forrest

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24

AJ GriffinForward19

Aaron Holiday

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25

Justin Holiday

Forward

33

De’Andre Hunter

Forward

24

Jalen Johnson

Forward

twenty

Frank Kaminsky

Center

29

Wit Kreyciwatch over22
Tyrese MartinForward23
Dejont Murraywatch over26

Mr. Okongwu

Forward

21

Chris Silva

Forward

26

Trae Young

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24

Top of the Key: Trey Gets Some Help

The Hawks struggled last season for two main reasons: they couldn’t score goals and they couldn’t score when Trae Young was off the court. Imagine Dejonte Murray, an all-round defenseman who had as many pick-and-rolls as any player in the league and earned All-Star status for the first time last season.

Last season, Atlanta were the fifth-worst NBA team in defensive performance, averaging 113.7 points per 100 possessions. Meanwhile, the attack rating dropped from 117.2 with Young on the court to 107.2 without him. Theoretically, Murray could single-handedly solve both of these problems – he can help hide Young’s defensive shortcomings by guarding the other team’s best perimeter threat, as well as initiate an attack when Young is resting.

Murray’s presence would allow Young to play more off the ball, and it was in this area that he was criticized for his lack of activity and intensity during the first four years of his stellar career. However, one thing is for sure: he shoots a knockdown. According to Synergy Sports, Young was in the 96th percentile in shooting last season, shooting over 48% of three-point shots in just 77 attempts. The number of attempts should increase this season thanks to Murray’s ability to run the show, allowing Young to thrive in an aspect of his game that we’ve only seen glimpses of so far.

Next on the agenda: Stop shooting?

Young is arguably the best playmaker in the league and to maximize his ability you need to surround him with shots. After swapping sharp shooters in Huerter and Gallinari and replacing them with Murray – for all his talent, relatively non-shooting – it’s fair to ask if there will be enough room when Young has the ball in his hands. Playing with Collins in the top five helps that, but Capela is critical to the Hawks’ pick-and-roll as a throwing threat at dunker point. Okongwu is also expected to become a more prominent part of Atlanta’s rotation this season, and has hit three 3s in his two-year career (none last season). This means that if Murray plays next to Young and Capela/Okongwu, it will be two non-shooters on the court.

Bogdanovich is a great shooter, but in the last two seasons he has struggled to stay on the court due to injuries. Atlanta certainly hopes that Hunter can maintain or improve on his record 38% from corners last season, and that players like Justin Holiday, who shot 38.5% from corners last season, can benefit from a cleaner appearance. They can even mix in Kaminsky, a 3-point career 35 percent shot, in certain matches.

McMillan has some rotation decisions and estimates, and the front office will need to get creative if they want a deal before the deadline, with most of their project capital going to the Spurs in the Murray trade.

And one more thing: the chip is back

After Atlanta’s surprise advance to the 2021 Eastern Conference Finals, Young is notorious for sounding the alarm. calling the regular season “boring” early 2021-22 Well, lesson learned. The rising superstar learned firsthand why the NBA can’t take anything for granted as his team was forced into a play-in tournament and then lost in five games to the Miami Heat in the first round of the playoffs. Young, and therefore the entire Hawks franchise, should have been humiliated last season, and that’s not necessarily a bad thing.

Unlike last season, when many chose the Hawks as a promising team that could again make a splash in the postseason, this season they have a legitimate “no one believes in us” statement with teams at the top of both conferences, deservedly receiving a big Attention. Murray needs to breathe enough life into the list to instill an air of confidence, and there won’t be a lack of motivation on the bulletin board this time around.

Key games

Every time Trae Young heads to Madison Square Garden, he’s a must-see on TV, which is somewhat surprising that their first game against the Knicks isn’t on national television. The second, however, is meant for fans to tune into in early December with or without a League Pass subscription. Atlanta is also looking to get revenge on the Heat after their ugly playoff loss, and it will be a good early opportunity over Thanksgiving weekend to see them take on one of the East’s blue bloods.

Like it or not, Young and Luka Doncic are forever linked due to their draft trade, so their first meeting of the season will also be on national television, and their end-of-season battle against the Chicago Bulls could have serious consequences for the playoffs. .

  • November 2, New York Knicks.
  • November 27 vs. Miami Heat
  • Dec. 7, New York Knicks (ESPN)
  • January 18, Dallas Mavericks (ESPN)
  • April 4, Chicago Bulls.



Source: www.cbssports.com

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