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  1. Photo by Scott Cunningham/NBAE via Getty Images Pierce has learned a lot about himself this year and has been more honest with the media than ever. Here’s a quick look back at how he’s grown over the past few months. Lloyd Pierce has learned a lot about himself in 2020. The Atlanta Hawks head coach has slowly gone from someone whose curiosity of studying the Black history of Atlanta to someone whose knowledge prepared him to become a public figure who’s taken the lead in today’s history in Atlanta. Pierce, who told reporters during a Wednesday Zoom press conference he’s always tried to g
  2. Photo by Rocky Widner/NBAE via Getty Images In May 2019, Jeff Peterson left his role as Atlanta Hawks assistant general manager to take a similar role with the Brooklyn Nets. Since that, Hawks president of basketball operations Travis Schlenk has operated without anyone under that title in Atlanta’s front office but, on Wednesday evening, word broke from ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski that a familiar name will be heading to Atlanta as assistant general manager. Wojnarowski notes that former NBA player and current Austin Spurs general manager Landry Fields is reportedly joining the organization.
  3. Jason Getz-USA TODAY Sports Atlanta Hawks head coach Lloyd Pierce spoke to the media via Zoom Wednesday afternoon to discuss what exactly he hopes the team will get out of the mini-camp workouts set up by the NBA for teams who did not quality for the 22-team Orlando bubble. Hawks center Clint Capela also spoke to media via Zoom following Pierce’s availability. Pierce noted that there weren’t a ton of specific basketball goals set for the team, as in such a short period of time, it would be a challenge to run down a checklist of things to try to accomplish. He was instead more focused on co
  4. Photo by Scott Cunningham/NBAE via Getty Images The official list. After a period of quarantine and testing at a local hotel, the Atlanta Hawks begin voluntary offseason team workouts on Wednesday. In advance of the team’s on-court work, president of basketball operations Travis Schlenk set the tone with public comments on Monday, but Atlanta’s principal decision-maker was coy on which players were expected to be in attendance for the Hawks. On Wednesday, however, the organization released an official list of the available roster for the workouts, and Atlanta’s entire young core was inclu
  5. Photo by Scott Cunningham/NBAE via Getty Images A new wrinkle. It is no secret that the Atlanta Hawks are building around Trae Young. As the superstar point guard continues to establish himself as a player that can take over offensive possessions late in close games, how the Hawks set him up to attack on those possessions is of great significance. In the video breakdown below, we will look at a handful of possessions from the 2019-20 season to provide some analysis as to how the Hawks approached them. Let’s take a look. Note: You will want the audio on for these breakdowns, as there is
  6. Photo by Scott Cunningham/NBAE via Getty Images In mid-August, the NBA and NBPA announced an agreement to allow the eight teams not invited to the league’s Orlando bubble “to engage in voluntary group workouts at their team facilities while residing in a campus-like environment under controlled conditions.” Those plans then picked up steam and, on Monday, the Atlanta Hawks moved into a quarantine phase before taking the floor for a week-plus of league-sanctioned, team-wide workouts in Brookhaven. Hawks president of basketball operations Travis Schlenk kicked off the festivities on Monday
  7. Photo by Brian Rothmuller/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images Long hair, don’t care. In advance of the 2020 NBA Draft, Peachtree Hoops is evaluating prospects with a look at what the Atlanta Hawks might be considering from now until the selection process occurs. Dozens of prospects will be profiled in this space and, this time, we examine Washington State wing CJ Elleby. Despite being a member of a Pac-12 conference featuring some of college basketball’s most historic programs, Washington State is not a school known for sending many basketball players to the NBA. The last Cougar to be drafte
  8. Photo by D. Lippitt/Einstein/NBAE via Getty Images The former Hawk will be the focus of a two-hour special on network television to start the weekend. The murder of a former Atlanta Hawk will be revisited on national television Friday night. ABC’s “20/20” is premiering a two-hour broadcasts going in-depth in the killing of Lorenzen Wright at 9 p.m. ET. Wright was shot and killed in July 2010. His death in Memphis has been one of the more high-profile murder mysteries over the last decade. In 2015, Sports Illustrated did a three-part series on it. The case was considered cold for seven y
  9. We revisit one of the most unselfish teams in franchise history. “How can you not love this team? They’re so selfless.” Bob Rathbun, long-time television voice of the Atlanta Hawks, uttered those words after one of countless highlights from the 2014-2015 NBA season in which Kyle Korver dropped a behind-the-back pass to DeMarre Carroll for a layup on the fast break. The 2014-15 Hawks were known for that kind of play, with Korver flipping the script in this instance as the usual beneficiary of fantastic ball movement to free up his long-range shooting. In fact, any reference to “teamwork” a
  10. Photo by Scott Cunningham/NBAE via Getty Images The Atlanta Hawks have slowly built their way into a place where they are a couple pieces away from seeing their first postseason since 2017. The drafting of star point guard Trae Young in 2018 lifted the organization and opened doors for years to come. With the rise of promising power forward John Collins, the Hawks have built a strong duo, and have some solid pieces around them that are suitable to work towards a playoff spot this season. After winning 29 games in the 2018-19 season, Hawks fans looked for their team’s record to only improv
  11. Photo by Alex Nahorniak-Svenski/NBAE via Getty Images The Atlanta Hawks have a potentially monumental offseason ahead, with the No. 6 overall pick in the 2020 NBA Draft and more salary cap space than any team in the league. However, rumblings emerged on Aug. 20 that the NBA and NBPA may need a bit of additional time to hammer out the specifics of the 2020-21 salary cap, leading to a potential delay of both the draft and free agency. From there, Shams Charania of The Athletic reported on Sept. 8 that the NBA and the NBPA came to an agreement on a delay of the key offseason dates, without a
  12. Photo by Ryan M. Kelly/Getty Images A collegiate champion and accomplished defender, what’s next for this unique player? In advance of the 2020 NBA Draft, Peachtree Hoops is evaluating prospects with a look at what the Atlanta Hawks might be considering from now until the selection process occurs. Dozens of prospects will be profiled in this space and, today, we break down Virginia big man Mamadi Diakite. Mamadi Diakite (MAH-muh-dee dee-uh-KEE-tay) is a 6-foot-9, 224-pound big man who originated from Conakry, Guinea, the capital of a country on the west coast of Africa. He was a late arri
  13. Photo by Scott Cunningham/NBAE via Getty Images On Friday evening, the Denver Nuggets avoided a potential season-ending loss in an elimination game against the L.A. Clippers. This time, it took a fourth quarter comeback to secure an eventual 111-105 win, extending the Western Conference semifinals to a game six, set to take place on Sunday afternoon. Lead guard Jamal Murray has been a key for the Nuggets thus far in the bubble, though he is finding it more challenging to put up impressive number against a Clippers team with as much wing depth as any squad in the NBA postseason. In 12 playo
  14. Photo by Mark Blinch/NBAE via Getty Images For quite some time, rumblings have existed that the NBA could push back the start of the 2020-21 season. NBA commissioner Adam Silver, as part of a televised interview on Aug. 20, indicated that the original target date of Dec. 1 was “feeling a little bit early” and, in the ensuing days, speculation has only increased in volume. On Thursday, Shams Charania of The Athletic shed further light, reporting that the NBA informed its Board of Governors that the upcoming season will not begin until at least Christmas Day. As noted above, this come
  15. Photo by Rocky Widner/NBAE via Getty Images In advance of the 2020 NBA Draft, Peachtree Hoops is evaluating prospects with a look at what the Atlanta Hawks might be considering from now until the selection process occurs. Dozens of prospects are profiled in this space and this handy guide exists to compile each player review in a single place, for your reading pleasure and reference. Desmond Bane (TCU) Anthony Lamb (Vermont) Yam Madar (Hapoel Tel Aviv) Lamar Stevens (Penn State) Myles Powell (Seton Hall) Oscar da Silva (Stanford) Paul Ebuoa (Pesaro) Isaiah Livers (Michigan) — No longer i