2016 Record: 43 – 39
Playoffs: 2-4 Lost to Wizards in first round
- G Marco Belinelli – via Charlotte
- C Miles Plumlee – via Charlotte
- Cash Considerations – via Houston
- PF John Collins – #19 pick
- PG Tyler Dorsey – #41 pick via Charlotte
- F Mike Muscala 2-year, $10M
- C DeWayne Dedmon 2-year, $14M
- PF Ersan Ilyasova 1-year, $6M
- SF Luke Babbit 1-year, ?M
- C Dwight Howard – to Charlotte
- F Ryan Kelly – to Houston
- PF Paul Millsap – Signed with Nuggets for three-years, $90 million
- G Tim Hardaway – Signed with Knicks for four-years, $71 million
- G Mike Dunleavy – Waived
Named Travis Schlenk general manager and director of basketball operations
Review and Outlook
The Hawks showed patience by not overpaying 32-year-old Paul Millsap to stay with the team. He was a team leader with a solid 18 PER. That said, the numbers just do not add up for the money Denver gave him. For context, here are the 3 most highly paid players next season:
The loss of Tim Hardaway will hurt. With Kent Bazemore already slotted in as the team’s highest-paid player, the money just did not make sense for the Hawks.
A lot of pundits think the Tim Hardaway deal with the Knicks was a big overpay, I disagree. Hardaway is an improving young player that can already provide a nice scoring spark when needed. He fits the rebuilding theme in NY and is not a desperate signing just to compete.
The Hawks will be missing Dwight Howard’s 21 PER and 13.5pts/12.7reb. While a far cry from his superstar days, Superman was playing with energy and enthusiasm for Atlanta.
Who will step up to replace the scoring and rebounding lost by the core of Millsap and Howard? A combination of Dwayne Dedmon, Ersan Ilyasova, and Miles Plumlee can soak up minutes but are a major downgrade in talent. Dennis Schroder can be expected to shoulder some of the scoring load.
Rookie John Collins has supreme athleticism and can contribute defensively right away while providing efficient low post scoring. Looking for a reason to watch the Hawks? This is it.
This is a team clearly looking to rebuild and re-tool (finally) instead of just showing up in the playoffs to lose in the first few rounds. Expectations should be low this year, with a focus on stockpiling assets and developing young talent.