The Atlanta Hawks and the rest of the NBA are now days away from the opening of training camp (Sept. 28). The Hawks released their training camp roster Wednesday afternoon.
The Hawks also announced the signings of C Johnny Hamilton, G A.J. Lawson, G/F Timothe Luwawu-Cabarrot and C Jahlil Okafor on Wednesday. The four players will essentially be competing for the final roster spot, and the logical guess would be that the final spot goes to either Okafor or Luwawu-Cabarrot. Both Okafor and ‘TLC’ have expanded NBA experience and should be able to provide adequate depth as the ‘15th man’. Okafor would obviously be the favorite for the final spot if there’s any sort of frontcourt injury, while Luwawu-Cabarrot would probably man the final spot in the event De’Andre Hunter is not ready to return or another wing faces an injury during camp.
The preseason kicks off for the Hawks on Oct. 4 when Atlanta will host the Miami Heat. The Hawks are entering the season as a potential contender in the Eastern Conference, with Las Vegas projected them around 47 wins for the 2021-22 season coming off of their Eastern Conference Finals berth during the 2021 playoffs.