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The Atlanta Hawks have made the playoffs for the past nine consecutive seasons, due to consistency from the organization starting with the front office all the way down to the key members of the roster.
This offseason, they shook things up for the first time in many years by changing the roster and making several moves. All-Star center Al Horford, the final remaining member of the Hawks who began the current playoff run, chose to leave town and play for the Boston Celtics during free agency. Atlanta also decided to trade former All-Star guard Jeff Teague to the Indiana Pacers for a lottery pick in return. Despite losing two key players, the Hawks have a bright season ahead of them as they were able to sign free agent Dwight Howard, who will serve as the team’s true center which they have needed for some time. The loss of Teague will sting a bit, however Dennis Schroder appears to be ready to emerge from Teague’s shadow and effectively lead this Hawks team. With their 2016 lottery pick, Atlanta drafted Taurean Prince as the 12th man overall, and the 22 year-old appears more NBA-ready than most coming out of the draft.
More often than not, offense gets the headlines, but the Hawks defense will win them many games this season. It will be interesting to see how the roster shake up will affect the locker room and their chemistry on the court. Fans should be sure to secure their Atlanta Hawks tickets for the 2016-2017 season, so that they don’t miss out on any of the excitement. Are they destined for an amazing tenth straight post season?
The Atlanta Hawks have been a professional basketball since 1946. Then they were Buffalo Bisons. The franchise would move around quite a bit before landing and staying in Atlanta. The team went from Buffalo, New York to the Tri City on the western edge of Illinois to Milwaukee to St. Louis before heading south.
The one championship in franchise history came in 1958, when the team played in St. Louis and after they had changed the name to the Hawks. This was during the Bob Pettit era. Pettit stood 6-foot-9 and played power forward and center, averaging 26.4 points and 16.2 rebounds in his career. In that championship season he averaged 24.6 points and 17.4 rebounds. That year he played beside Ed Macauley and Cliff Hagan, two stars of the day. Pettit’s Hawks would actually return to the finals twice more, but the team lost to the Celtics each time.
The move to Atlanta hardly changed the Hawks condition. The franchise has endured very few bouts of futility and they always seemed to have a star on the roster. During the 1970s the team had Pete Maravich and Lou Hudson, during the 1980s the Hawks had Dominique Wilkins, and during the 1990s Atlanta had Danny Manning.
The lone futile era in Atlanta came at the beginning of the 21st century, when the team consistently at least flirted with 50 losses a season. However, the addition of Joe Johnson, Josh Smith, and Al Horford took the team back to the postseason. The Hawks have since let Johnson walk but have managed to put enough talent on the floor to play winning basketball.
Atlanta has yet to find the championship combination, but fans have to respect a front office that does its best to avoid the lottery. At least it should keep them coming back for Atlanta Hawks tickets to Phillips Arena each and every season.