Rebuilding Atlanta Hawks unlikely to make playoffs

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The Sports Bank will be counting down to the opening tip of the 2012-13 NBA season with team by team previews starting with the worst and working our way to the title contenders.  There is no lockout this time around so let’s get going.

Having failed to get past the Eastern Conference Semifinals with their previous core, the new Atlanta Hawks front office made the bold decision of entering a rebuilding mode by dealing their star player, Joe Johnson.  As a result, the A-T-L should take a pretty steep drop in the standings as they undergo some transition.

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Atlanta Hawks enter off-season with 6 signed players, zero cap space

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It’s going to be an interesting off-season for the Atlanta Hawks.  They enter the summer with only six players under contract for next season yet they are already above what the projected salary cap will be for the 2012-2013 season.  In other words, filling out their roster and improving from last season will require some creative thinking.

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Atlanta Hawks in Tough Salary Cap Situation

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Like we are currently seeing in the NFL, the 2011 NBA off-season is up in the air with a lockout looming.  Free agency could be delayed and completely restructured depending on the new agreement reached by the owners and players.  Still, The Sports Bank continues to break down all thirty NBA teams to see what areas they need to address in the off-season.  The Atlanta Hawks regressed this past season and now find themselves in a tough salary cap situation thanks to the monster contract they gave Joe Johnson last summer.

By: David Kay

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Hawks Risk Taking Major Step Back

Joe Johnson is all but gone and as a result, the Hawks will likely suffer a major setback this off-season.  It will take some major creativity for Atlanta to have the relevancy in the Eastern Conference that they did this past season.

By: David Kay
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NBA Power Rankings: #8 Atlanta Hawks

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By: David Kay

2008-09 Season Summary:
Hawks management doesn’t get near the credit it deserves for re-building Atlanta into a respectable NBA franchise. They pretty much stole Joe Johnson and Mike Bibby in trades, and while a couple of their draft picks have back-fired (i.e. Shelden Williams and Acie Law), selections like Al Horford, Josh Smith, and Marvin Williams have been solid. Still, Atlanta is a far way from being an elite NBA team as demonstrated by them getting swept by the Cavs in the second round of the playoffs. With a move or two this off-season, the Hawks could take the next step to compete with the big dogs in the Eastern Conference.

Check out the Hawks season preview and other NBA previews.