Atlanta Hawks Roster 2021-22: Will a Younger Roster Uplift Trae Young & Co. to Another Extraordinary Season?

Published 08/29/2021, 9:47 PM EDT
May 28, 2021; Atlanta, Georgia, USA; Atlanta Hawks guard Trae Young (11) and guard Bogdan Bogdanovic (13) celebrate against the New York Knicks in the fourth quarter during game three in the first round of the 2021 NBA Playoffs at State Farm Arena. Mandatory Credit: Brett Davis-USA TODAY Sports


The Atlanta Hawks were the surprise package of 2021 as the Miami Heat were of 2020. They stunned not just the Knicks but also the MSG and almost bulldozed the career of Ben Simmons. Such was the aggression from a team that was earlier struggling to keep their playoff dream alive.

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So now, the Hawks’ front office has invested in a young squad and brought in some facilitating figures for Trae to train. What does this mean to their new roster that will want to prove that 2020-21 was not a fluke?

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Incoming players

Gorgui Dieng

The Hawks added the much-needed size and depth to their bench with the signing of Gorgui Deng. Using Atlanta’s mid-level exception, Dieng will help his new team with floor spacing and dependable defense work. Atlanta would want his $4 million one-year contract to help them more than it did to the San Antonio Spurs.

Delon Wright

Delon entered the Hawks as a result of a three-team deal. A veteran guard, Delon will add some experience to the roster and help with offensive scoring. He is a capable three-point shooter and a rotation guard that can help ease some pressure off Ice Trae’s shoulders.

Johnny Hamilton

In a surprising acquisition, the Hawks signed T&T basketball player Johnny Hamilton for a single-year deal. He became the last name to fill the Hawks roster and add further size and wingspan to the lineup. The man participated in the 2019-20 NBA Summer League and produced some noteworthy performances as a center.

Sharife Cooper (rookie)

Jalen Johnson (rookie)

AJ Lawson (undrafted rookie)

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Outgoing players

Feb 19, 2021; Lou Williams reaches to steal the ball by Mike Conley in the second half of the game at Staples Center. Mandatory Credit: Jayne Kamin-Oncea-USA TODAY Sports

Lou Williams

Sweet Lou’s second innings with the Atlanta Hawks did not go as planned. The vet point guard played as a backup for Trae, but ended up producing his worst average in the last 14 years. Although he showed some good signs from behind the arc, the former 6MOY did not deliver. So his exit would not harm the Hawks’ bench as much.

Kris Dunn

In an August 7 deal, the Celtics scooped Kris Dunn (who kept injured all through the last season) and Bruno Fernando. The Hawks won’t mind this loss either.

Nathan Knight

Bruno Fernando

Atlanta Hawks Roster 2021-22

Frontcourt

Clint Capela

Danilo Gallinari

John Collins

Solomon Hill

Kevin Huerter

Cam Reddish

De’Andre Hunter

Jalen Johnson

Gorgui Dieng

Johnny Hamilton

Onyeka Okongwu

Jun 27, 2021; Trae Young is attended to after injuring his foot by accidentally stepping on an official’s foot against the Bucks during game three of the EC Finals for the 2021 NBA Playoffs at State Farm Arena. Mandatory Credit: Dale Zanine-USA TODAY Sports

Backcourt

Trae Young

Bogdan Bogdanovic

Lou Williams

Delon Wright

Sharife Cooper

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Brandon Goodwin

AJ Lawson

Skylar Mays

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Do you think these additions and subtractions would help Trae Young and men to reach their top potential? Help us with your views in the comments section below. 

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Sourabh Singh

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Sourabh Singh is an NBA sports analyst for EssentiallySports, who has been working with the site since May 2020. Prior to this, he functioned as Managing Editor at WittyFeed, followed by a stint at Decathlon. The Sports Management graduate leads an active lifestyle, veering to the mountains for off-trail adventures.

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