How the Atlanta Hawks offseason moves make them a playoff team

Things have not been great over the years for the Atlanta Hawks as they were last in the NBA Playoffs in 2017. Since then, the Hawks have been building their young core of the future through the draft and they are in a very good position as a franchise now.

The Hawks put all of their faith in Trae Young to be the saving grace and face of the franchise when they drafted him No. 5 overall in the 2018 NBA Draft. Not only is Young an All-Star, but he is arguably the best player in the NBA under the age of 24. In his second year in the league, Young put on a show averaging 29.6 points, 9.3 assists, 1.1 steals and shot 36.1% from three-point range. 

The biggest thing the Hawks needed to improve on this season was adding legit scorers next to Trae Young, not only to take a lot of the weight off his shoulders, but to act as veteran leaders for one of the youngest teams in the league.

Let’s not forget, Kevin Huerter, Cam Reddish, DeAndre Hunter, and John Collins all have a lot of potential to be very good players in the NBA. However, they are still growing as players and have not yet emerged as proven talents. 

The Atlanta Hawks had over $50M in cap room this offseason and in a weak Eastern Conference, could make the playoffs with the right moves. So what did the Hawks do this offseason to improve their roster?

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