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  1. Photo by Natalie Hendricks /NBAE via Getty ImagesHawks basketball is almost back and the first half schedule is out. Let’s dive into it. It’s been many, many moons since the Atlanta Hawks played a basketball game. Finally, there is an end in sight, and now the Hawks can look forward to the specifics of what could be a promising season compared to recent seasons, as the NBA released Part 1 of the 2020-21 NBA schedule on Friday. However, it’s been a different year and the NBA has had to change the way it schedules its 30 teams ahead of the 2020-21 season. In case you missed it, the NBA is rel
  2. Photo by Natalie Hendricks /NBAE via Getty ImagesBecause of the COVID-19 pandemic and the uncertainty it brings, the NBA elected to release only the ‘First Half’ of the 72-game regular season schedule for 2020-21 on Friday. Still, there is plenty to sift through for the Atlanta Hawks, and that includes a number of highly intriguing matchups that are already on the docket. Though the full schedule is certainly worth perusing, here are eight games to circle with a bit of extra emphasis. Wednesday, Dec. 23 — 8:00 pm ET — at Chicago Bulls — This speaks for itself as the regular season opener.
  3. Brett Davis-USA TODAY SportsEarlier in the offseason, the NBA announced that the 2020-21 regular season schedule would not be announced in typical fashion. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, each team will only be scheduled to play 72 games, instead of the normal 82-game slate, and the league is releasing only the “First Half” of the schedule — covering Dec. 22 through Mar. 4 — before the downbeat of the campaign. Earlier in the week, the national television schedule for the first three days was released but, while the Atlanta Hawks were not included, the full First Half slate arrived on Friday.
  4. Photo by David Sherman/NBAE via Getty ImagesWithin a very short period of time, the Atlanta Hawks transformed their roster, adding established veteran talent to an up-and-coming group of young players. At the high end, the Hawks added Bogdan Bogdanovic — after the waiting game of an offer sheet — and Danilo Gallinari, with both players signing lucrative, multi-year contracts. Bogdanovic’s fit with the Hawks is cleaner on paper, with a poorly kept secret that Atlanta was looking to upgrade on the wing with something of a mandate to improve in the short term. From there, Bogdanovic brings an i
  5. Photo by Scott Cunningham/NBAE via Getty ImagesAfter a (very) busy offseason of transactions, the Atlanta Hawks are widely projected for significant improvement in 2020-21. As usual, there are differing opinions on just how much better the Hawks will be during the upcoming season but, on Tuesday, a prominent statistical model weighed in with a league-wide projection. Kevin Pelton of ESPN released his RPM (real plus-minus) projections for every team in the league and, with a 36-win projection over a 72-game season, he projects the Hawks at No. 8 in the Eastern Conference with a 63 percent cha
  6. Photo by Courtesy of Onyeka Okongwu/NBAE via Getty ImagesTraining camp begins in the (very) near future, and the Atlanta Hawks released an official injury update on Monday, Nov. 30. While one of the injuries, involving rookie center Onyeka Okongwu, was previously known, two of the three ailments came as something of a surprise. Newly acquired guard Kris Dunn had an MRI on Nov. 24 and, following that exam, it was determined that he has “cartilage disruption” in his right knee. On the positive side, the Hawks say that Dunn is participating in “modified individual workouts” but, as is the case
  7. Photo by Bill Baptist/NBAE via Getty ImagesDecember is nearly here and, by this point, everyone paying any attention to the Atlanta Hawks realizes that the team looks much different than it did in mid-November. Onyeka Okongwu is now a part of the team’s nucleus for the future and, from there, Travis Schlenk and the front office added Bogdan Bogdanovic, Danilo Gallinari, Rajon Rondo and Kris Dunn to the mix to bolster the rotation for 2020-21 and beyond. With that as the backdrop, David Aldridge of The Athletic put together a ranking of the league’s 30 teams based entirely on what they did in
  8. Photo by John McCoy/Getty ImagesThe Hawks rookie collaborates with Kanye West’s best man on t-shirt design. Life comes at you fast when you become a lottery pick in the NBA Draft. In the midst of non-stop media, returning phone calls and text messages and traveling from California to Atlanta, streetwear designer Don C gifted Onyeka Okongwu with exclusive apparel ahead of draft night. The apparel Okongwu received was a part of Foot Locker’s “12 Days of Greatness,” which has been described as a unique basketball-inspired holiday collection celebrating universal love of the game. “In looking
  9. Photo by Rocky Widner/NBAE via Getty ImagesHow can the recent additions improve upon Atlanta’s last place finish from long range? Entropy is a term used to describe the natural order of systems and processes to tend towards disorder and randomness. This leads to the study of energy dispersal, using entropy to describe and define natural laws like those of fluid dynamics and thermodynamics. Think about when a balloon pops. All of the high pressure air contained within escapes rapidly, and then gradually more slowly, into its more moderately pressurized surroundings. This is a similar behavio
  10. Photo by Scott Cunningham/NBAE via Getty ImagesThe Atlanta Hawks have been a hot topic in NBA circles, after the team made substantial investments to improve for the 2020-21 season. While the free agent frenzy is slowing across the league, the upcoming campaign is now rapidly approaching and, on Friday afternoon, the NBA announced the full preseason schedule for each of the league’s 30 teams. The first game for the Hawks will arrive on Friday, Dec. 11 against the Orlando Magic, with a scheduled tip-off time of 7:00 pm ET at State Farm Arena. Just two days later, the Hawks will host the Magic
  11. Photo by Nathaniel S. Butler/NBAE via Getty ImagesThe Atlanta Hawks 2020 Off-Season has come and gone in about a week’s worth of time. Since our last cap update, Atlanta traded Dewayne Dedmon for Tony Snell and Khyri Thomas (waived), drafted Onyeka Okongwu and Skylar Mays, signed Bogdan Bogdanovic to an offer sheet, signed Rajon Rondo, signed-and-traded for Danilo Gallinari, signed Skylar Mays and Nathan Knight to a two-way contracts, had Sacramento decline to match the offer sheet for Bogdan Bogdanovic, signed Solomon Hill, and will reportedly sign Kris Dunn this Friday. Let’s recap these re
  12. Photo by Rocky Widner/NBAE via Getty ImagesIt’s been something of a wild week in Atlanta, at least as it relates to the city’s basketball team. In the process of sending out (only) veteran Dewayne Dedmon (and no real draft assets), the Hawks have added Bogdan Bogdanovic, Danilo Gallinari, Rajon Rondo, Kris Dunn, Tony Snell and Solomon Hill. As a reminder, some transactions are not yet finalized, so a few minor details could go down a bit differently than currently understood based upon the reporting that has been done. There are already heated discussions happening on Twitter and elsewhere r
  13. Jason Getz-USA TODAY SportsTravis Schlenk and the Atlanta Hawks have been exceptionally busy in recent days. First, the team added talent for the future in selecting Onyeka Okongwu and Skylar Mays in the 2020 NBA Draft. From there, Atlanta invested significant free agent capital to acquire Danilo Gallinari, Rajon Rondo and Kris Dunn. Finally, the Hawks landed a commitment from Bogdan Bogdanovic and, after a staring contest with the Sacramento Kings, the team’s full roster came together late on Tuesday evening. Quite obviously, the Hawks project to be improved from their 2019-20 baseline, bot
  14. Brett Davis-USA TODAY SportsAfter a long stretch of waiting, the Atlanta Hawks landed their guy with Bogdan Bogdanovic when the Sacramento Kings declined to match his offer sheet on Tuesday. Following the madness, Greg Wissinger of The Kings Herald joined Kevin Chouinard of Hawks.com for an episode of the ATL and 29 podcast. Topics include the following: What are the Hawks getting with Bogdanovic? Why didn’t the Kings match? Greg has a few thoughts on Sacramento’s decision as a close observer of the franchise Looking ahead for both teams and how Bogdanovic might fit in Atlanta Much, much mor
  15. Photo by Noah Graham/NBAE via Getty ImagesSunday afternoon, word begin to break that the Atlanta Hawks had agreed to an offer sheet with Sacramento Kings free agent wing Bogdan Bogdanovic. The Kings then had 48 hours to decide whether to match what is reportedly a four-year, $72 million sheet sent over by Atlanta. News broke Tuesday evening that the Kings reportedly elected not to match the offer sheet sent by the Hawks, Atlanta will now officially have the shooting guard in the fold. The addition of Bogdanovic follows the recent acquisitions of Danillo Gallinari, Rajon Rondo and Kris D