Atlanta Hawks: 3 Pivotal Questions Entering the Season
By Brandon Hartman: VP and Senior Writer at Hoopstuff
1. How will life look without Josh Smith?
Year after year the same question was asked in Atlanta, “is this the year that Josh Smith is finally going to be elite?” The potential of the athletically gifted 6’9” forward has always been undeniable, but might have caused more frustration for the Hawks than post season happiness during his time in Atlanta. Well, that question has now moved to Detroit along with a 4 year, 50 million dollar deal for Smith. Arriving in Atlanta, seemingly as a direct and cheaper replacement, is the veteran Paul Millsap, who signed a reasonable 2 year contract, worth 19 million dollars over the summer. Much of the Hawk’s success will now ride on the 28 year old forward and the play of their newly resigned point guard, Jeff Teague, as well as franchise player, center, Al Horford. As much as the poor shooting and sometimes head scratching play of Smith mi...