Change is in the air for the Atlanta Hawks.
With a string of six straight playoff appearances behind them, the Hawks embark on a new era this season with long-time San Antonio Spurs assistant coach Mike Budenholzer at the helm.
In general manager Danny Ferrys second season, the Hawks continue a metamorphosis, as the starting lineup should have at least two new starters, swingman DeMarre Carroll and forward Paul Millsap, who takes the spot of Atlanta native Josh Smith. Smith moved on after nine seasons with the Hawks having signed a free-agent contract with Detroit.
While Millsap ought to be able shoulder the load offensively formerly filled by Smith, the Hawks will have to find a way on defense to make up for the loss of one of the leagues premier shot blockers and defenders. Another long-time Hawk who left via free agency is center Zaza Pachulia, who spent eight seasons in Atlanta.
With Pachulia gone, the Hawks went to something of a short-term fix in the middle, signing 14-yea...