Vegas Over/Under: 25.5
Fromal’s Record Projection: 24-58 The Bet: Beneath with confidence that is marginal Try to name the Atlanta Hawks’ five players after Paul Millsap and Dwight Howard’s departures. It’s not the simplest of tasks. And that would be OK in the event the franchise which has made the playoffs each of the previous ten seasons were overflowing with talent, instead of the current situation that’s quite conducive to the dreaded”t” word.
Dennis Schroder is part of this mix, as well as recently acquired big man Dewayne Dedmon. However, who else? Kent Bazemore, Ersan Ilyasova and Taurean Prince? Can Marco Belinelli or Luke Babbitt be in the mix if they can keep shooting as they did with the Charlotte Hornets and Miami Heat, respectively? Are we prepared to throw John Collins?
This Atlanta roster might have some upside, but it is almost entirely devoid of recognized talent. Even the leading pieces have question marks, since Schroder has not functioned as the unquestioned leader of a group, Dedmon has to play more than 17.5 minutes per game and Bazemore is coming off a disappointing campaign.
Talent wins out in the NBA, and the Hawks don’t have enough of it–or sufficient motivation to avert the bottom of the Eastern Conference–to push toward the 26 wins necessary for the over wager.