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.
2011-12: 40-26, 5th in Eastern Conference
Predicted EC Finish: 11th
Projected Depth Chart:
C: Al Horford/Zaza Pachulia/Johan Petro/Keith Benson
PF: Josh Smith/Anthony Tolliver/Ivan Johnson/Jordan Williams/Mike Scott
SF: DeShawn Stevenson/Kyle Korver/Damion James
SG: Anthony Morrow/Louis Williams/John Jenkins
PG: Devin Harris or Jeff Teague
Atlanta’s off-season was: blowing up the ship. New Hawks general manager Danny F...