The Atlanta Hawks stopped a three-year playoff drought last season, surprising absolutely everyone with a run to the Eastern Conference Finals. There, the Trae Young-led team went to six games but ultimately could not deal with Giannis Antetokounmpo and the Milwaukee Bucks. Still, for a team led by a soon-to-be 23-year-old in his third year in the league, this was an amazing results. The whole league is now on alert, and the Hawks will not be underestimated.
Now that a major success has been achieved, coach Nate McMillan and his squad will look to build on this success and further improve in the upcoming years. Young agreed to an extension that keeps him in the State Farm Arena until 2026, and the same can be said for forward John Collins. Center Clint Capela is also tied down for the next four years, while valuable pieces guard Bogdan Bogdanovic and forward Danilo Gallinari are tied down for the next two.
Building on the success with their current roster to ensure another deep run in the postseason means that some players will need to take a step forward. While the overwhelming majority of people will be looking to Trae Young and Clint Capela to lead, the supporting cast will need to make strides to fulfill their roles. Rather than the duo mentioned above, it is clear that the determinant factor for this Hawks team will be either Bogdanovic or third year guard Kevin Huerter.