The trade deadline is in the past and, unlike in some previous seasons, the Atlanta Hawks seemed to be part of many of the transactions that occurred during a busy time in the NBA. The Hawks addressed the center position, bringing in some old and new faces, setting the tone for the future. But enough from me, let’s take a look where the Hawks rank in this week’s post-deadline power rankings.
John Schuhmann of NBA.com moves Atlanta up to No. 25 for the week.
With their trade for Clint Capela, we’ve learned that the Hawks didn’t see John Collins as a full-time center. Capela (dealing with a heel contusion) has yet to make his Atlanta debut, but Damian Jones has started the last six games at the five. And in the Hawks’ double-overtime win over the Knicks on Sunday, Collins played 44 of his 50 minutes alongside Jones, Dewayne Dedmon or Bruno Fernando. He still managed to grab 16 rebounds and take 13 of his 19 shots in the restricted area.
The Hawks blew a 16-point, fourth-quarter lead in that game, but came back from eight points down in the first overtime, with Trae Young’s defense (seriously) setting up his game-tying free throws. Over their last 14 games, the Hawks are 7-7, with Young averaging 32.1 points and 11.2 assists and with the team scoring more than 118 points per 100 possessions in his 425 minutes on the floor.
The folks at ESPN placed the Hawks at No. 28 overall.
Newcomer Clint Capela is sidelined with a right heel bruise and isn’t expected to debut for Atlanta until after the All-Star break. Head coach Lloyd Pierce, however, isn’t rushing the center. Meanwhile, Trae Young’s Hawks are playing their best ball of the season, splitting their past 10 games.
Tommy Beer of Yahoo and Rotoworld has the Hawks at No. 27 while mentioning the addition of Clint Capela.
The Hawks traded for Clint Capela at the deadline, and Atlanta now has their own “Big 3,” with Capela, John Collins and Trae Young forming the foundation upon which the Hawks will build their franchise. With Capela sidelined by a nagging heel injury, Young and Collins put on a show Sunday in the ATL. In a double-overtime victory over New York, the tag-team duo combined for 80 points, 17 rebounds and 16 assists.
Michael Shapiro of Sports Illustrated also puts Atlanta at No. 27 for the week.
It may be a while for Clint Capela to see the floor in Atlanta given his nagging right heel injury, but a healthy Capela should be a helpful piece in Atlanta. The 25-year-old is an imposing rebounder, and he’s an active and agile rolling lob threat. Houston grew frustrated by Capela’s uninspiring stretches, but at his best, he was truly an impact piece for a Finals contender. Trae Young should be happy with the help he received at the deadline.
Finally, Colin Ward-Henninger of CBS Sports moves the Hawks up to No. 24 while referencing both of Atlanta’s wins for the week.
The Hawks picked up wins over the Timberwolves and Knicks (a double-overtime thriller) this week, while losing twice to the Celtics, once without Trae Young. They also added Clint Capela before the deadline, a 25-year-old rim protector and lob threat to help shore up the middle for a soft Atlanta defense. They also brought back Dewayne Dedmon, who must be happy to be out of Sacramento — he put up 10 points, eight rebounds and five blocks in 32 minutes against the Knicks.
Well, it might be small, but it looks like the Hawks may have moved up across the board. In fact, there wasn’t a single ranking where Atlanta was dead last... leaving some time to celebrate.
But seriously. if Atlanta wants to continue to get the respect, they need to start stringing together a few more wins.
Anyway, until next time fans. Leave comments below.