This is the one you have been waiting for. We wrap up our predictions series with our guess at how many games the Atlanta Hawks will win and where they will finish in the Eastern Conference standings.
How many games will the Atlanta Hawks win this season and where will they finish in the East?
Phil Naessens: 50 wins and 3rd or 4th in the East
Kris Willis: 44-38, 6th in the Eastern Conference. I have fluctuated between 38 and 48 wins the entire summer. While I have many questions about this group and the offseason direction, this team is still coached by Mike Budenholzer and it is hard to bet against him. I was pleased with what I saw during the preseason but at the end of the day I just don’t see enough offense for this team to maintain a Top 4 standing in the conference.
Brad Rowland: 43-39 and either the 6th or 7th seed. This is a controversial position, but I think Atlanta’s win range (given relatively normal health) is 38 to 48 wins so I’ll split the difference and go with 43. This projection builds in a dip at both center and point guard (overall, at least) but still gives Mike Budenholzer the benefit of the doubt to get this team in a solid playoff position at the end.
Glen Willis: 50 wins and and 3rd seed. And that probably reflects more about how I feel about the East than I do about the Hawks. There is more than one really weirdly constructed roster and I see a regression year coming for the Raptors.
Thomas Jenkins: 44-46 wins. I’ll split the difference and say 45, with a 5th or 6th place finish. Depending on the playoff matchup, Atlanta could easily sneak into the second round of the playoffs (although it’s difficult to see them advancing further than that).
Chris Herbert: 44 wins and 6th in the East. Inconsistent shooting from deep and the charity stripe will leads to a few uncharacteristic, and unfamiliar feeling, losses for the Hawks.
Josh Lane: 45 Wins and 4th in the east.
Jason Walker: 42 wins, it takes time to adjust to the sea changes in the core of the team that a new starting PG and new center, not to mention a different flow of play, will need to endure. Plus, new depth behind the starters will take time to get consistent. A smidgy above .500 seems most reasonable.
Harry Lyles Jr.: 46 wins, 6th in the East. The Hawks didn’t get better, but neither did most teams in the conference.
Tyler Duke: I have 45-37 and fourth seed in the conference.