Many, including myself, believed the Atlanta Hawks would stand pat at the NBA trade deadline, but the new-look front office made a couple of moves. The club acquired Saddiq Bey in a three-team trade that cost them five second-round picks. A subsequent salary dump followed that would send Frank Cominsky, Justin Holiday, and two more second-rounders to the Rockets in exchange for Garrison Matthews and Bruno Fernando. Below is the updated Atlanta Hawks depth chart:
Updated Atlanta Hawks Depth Chart:
PG: Trae Young | Dejounte | Holiday
SG: Dejounte Murray | Bogi | AJ | Matthews
SF: De'Andre Hunter | AJ | Saddiq Bey
PF: John Collins | Saddiq Bey | Jalen
C: Clint Capela | Okongwu | Bruno
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Saddiq Bay might not be a well-rounded player, but he’s a good shooter whose numbers don’t accurately reflect how effective he can be in that role. Coming from Detroit, he should be able to get a much better shot selection in Atlanta with the Hawks’ elite playmakers. Bey also might not be the best defender, but he gives the team more size on the wing. He’ll be able to take the tougher assignments from AJ Griffin when DeAndre Hunter is off the floor.
The most important thing about this acquisition is the depth provided and the signal from the front office to the players the club isn’t giving up. Moreover, holding on to John Collins might’ve been the most significant move of the trade deadline. It would’ve been asinine to trade Collins with his value at its lowest.
The Hawks are set up to make a run in the Eastern Conference. Other than the Celtics and Bucks, the conference is wide open. And once you get into the playoffs, anything can happen in a seven game series. Atlanta’s new-look team didn’t change much on paper, but the message sent from the front office to the players is more than enough to propel the club to a resurgent second half.
What do you think of the new-look Atlanta Hawks depth chart?
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