‘Championship Caliber’: Former NBA Player Has High Praise For Atlanta Hawks

Published 12/06/2020, 4:30 PM EST
ATLANTA, GA – SEPTEMBER 30: Kevin Huerter #3, Trae Young #11 and John Collins #20 of the Atlanta Hawks pose for a portrait during media day on September 30, 2019 at the Emory Sports Medicine Complex in Atlanta, Georgia. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 2019 NBAE (Photo by Scott Cunningham/NBAE via Getty Images)


The Atlanta Hawks had a great offseason. People have swept the success of their free agency under the rug. They have addressed their inexperience by adding championship-pedigree players like Rajon Rondo. The acquisition of scorers Gallinari and Bogdanovic won’t do their chances any harm either. At the very least, they can become a perennial playoff team.

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Hawks are on the right path

Former Phoenix Suns player and current TV Analyst Eddie Johnson is sold on the Hawks. He believes that they are on the right path to compete for the NBA title in the future, “It is a process and the process the Hawks are on right now is championship caliber.

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“Picking up like (Clint) Capela; nobody even talks about Capela who they picked up. Then you get (Rajon) Rondo, you get (Danilo) Gallinari. Right there you have three veterans who have tasted success. That’s gonna surround these young players.

“I am happy for the Hawks, I truly am… If fans were allowed in that building, they are gonna be just as packed as a potential champion”

Trae Young #11 of Atlanta Hawks looks at before the Toronto Raptors vs Atlanta Hawks NBA regular season game at Scotiabank Arena on January 28, 2020 in Toronto, Canada. Toronto Raptors won 130-114. (Photo by Anatoliy Cherkasov/NurPhoto via Getty Images)

However, the former NBA ‘Sixth Man of the Year’ is not jumping the gun. Their key core is still young and experienced, and they haven’t made the playoffs for a while now. Asking to dampen the expectations for the coming season on the SiriusXM NBA Radio podcast, Johnson said

“For the Atlanta Hawks who have not made the playoffs in a number of years, their championship is to just be 7th or 8th seed. Because you can’t think about a Championship until you actually start to experience the Playoffs. This is a playoff team now. They are extremely deep.”

But are the Atlanta Hawks that good?

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They certainly can make the playoffs this coming season. And they should, with the mixture of talent and experience that they have now.

However, winning the NBA title requires a whole another level. You have to go through various trials and tribulations in the playoffs to reach that level. Maybe if their young core develops well and they can keep them intact, they can contend for it in the future.

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But for now, making the playoffs will be like a mini-championship for them.

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Bharat Aggarwal

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Bharat Aggarwal is a sports analyst for EssentiallySports, covering Formula 1 and NBA. A Delhi University graduate, Bharat has multi-year experience in sports writing, having closely worked with the content strategy aspect as well. Bharat Aggarwal supports Manchester United, Lewis Hamilton, Cristiano Ronaldo, Rafael Nadal, Dirk Nowitzki, Sachin Tendulkar, Ayrton Senna, Kristaps Porzingis, and Dallas Mavericks.

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