2019-20 NBA Season (74th Season)
Over/Under: 33.5 Wins
2019-20 NBA Championships Odds: 300/1
In the 2018-19 NBA season, the Atlanta Hawks concluded their season 29-53 (.354), ranking fifth in the Southeast Division and twelfth in the Eastern Conference. Atlanta failed to make the playoffs for the second consecutive season. When the Hawks were 43-39 (.524) in the 2016-17 season, they lost 4-2 to the Washington Wizards in the First Round. Founded in 1946, the team has won one championship (1958), four conference titles, and five division titles. In this 21st century, the organization's most promising year was in the 2014-15 season, when they finished 60-22 (.732). They ranked first in the conference this season as well. While Head Coach Mike Budenholzer won Coach of the Year, the team failed once again to bring home a championship. Atlanta was swept in the Eastern Conference Finals by the Cleveland Cavaliers. As for Head Coach Lloyd Pierce, since he was hired on May 11, 2018, the Hawks' overall record is 29-53. Of course, Coach Pierce will need more time to help turn around this struggling team.
On April 1, for one player departure, Alex Poythress signed with the Indiana Pacers. This was a two-way contract. For the Hawks' draft pick selections in the 2019 NBA Draft, at No. 8, the team drafted 6'11'' center Jaxson Hayes from Texas. With the 10th overall pick, they selected 6'8'' small forward Cam Reddish from Duke. At No. 35, they chose 6'5'' shooting guard Marcos Louzada Silva. However, in a trade with the New Orleans Pelicans, the Hawks received Solomon Hill, De'Andre Hunter (4th pick), Jordan Bone (traded to the Detroit Pistons), and a conditional 2023 second-round pick. The Pelicans received No. 8 Jaxson Hayes, Nickeil Alexander-Walker, Marcos Louzada Silva, and a conditional 2020 first-round pick. The 34th overall pick, Bruno Fernando, was traded to the Hawks as well. The Hawks also dealt their second-round pick to the Miami Heat in exchange for a 2024 second-round pick and cash considerations. On May 25, the Hawks' Jeff Peterson became the Brooklyn Nets' next assistant general manager. Next, on June 6, the Brooklyn Nets traded Allen Crabbe, Nickeil Alexander-Walker, and a conditional 2020 first-round pick to the Hawks. On June 10, power forward Deyonta Davis was waived by the Hawks. He was claimed off waivers by the Houston Rockets on June 12.
Then, on June 21, Jalen Adams chose to sign with the New Orleans Pelicans. On June 24, the Portland Trail Blazers traded Evan Turner to the Hawks in exchange for Kent Bazemore. Turner has also played for the Philadelphia 76ers (2010-14), Indiana Pacers (2014), Boston Celtics (2014-16), and Portland Trail Blazers (2016-19). On June 29, Atlanta declined Justin Anderson's contract extension. For other free agent signings and trades, on July 1, the team signed Charlie Brown Jr. to a two-way contract. On July 3, the Memphis Grizzlies traded Chandler Parsons to the Hawks, while the Grizzlies received Solomon Hill and Miles Plumlee. The Nets received Taurean Prince and a 2021 second-round pick. On July 8, the Golden State Warriors traded their 41st pick, Damian Jones, to the Hawks for Omari Spellman. On the same day, the Sacramento Kings signed Dewayne Dedmon to a 3-year, $40 million deal. Jabari Parker signed a 2-year, $13 million contract with the Hawks too.
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