2011-12 record: 40-26
Second place, Southeast Division
Lost in first round to Boston
Areas of Strength:
The Hawks are rather solid in the backcourt, at least among the starters, with Joe Johnson and Jeff Teague making for a productive duo.
The Hawks could use a scoring small forward to reduce the load from Johnson. Marvin Williams, a former No. 2 pick, hasn't fulfilled that role and might be better coming off the bench.
Two Stats That Matter:
18.8: Johnson's scoring average, which has dipped since he signed his massive contract. That average was matched last season by Smith, whose all-around skills suggest he's now the Hawks' best player.
6: That's how many players the Hawks have under contract for next season. They'll have to overhaul their entire bench, something that GM Rick Sund did very well last summer, adding Tracy McGrady and Ivan Johnson, who helped in generous doses.
The Way To Go:
Choosing late in the first round, the Hawks are likely out of the franchise player mix. But they should find a potential backup who can develop into a nice sixth man, or a forward replace Smith if he's traded in this, the final year of his contract. Or someone like Fab Melo, the Syracuse center who could move Horford to power forward.
2011-12 Team Stats:
Offensive: 96.6 (17th)
Defensive: 93.2 (6th)
G: Joe Johnson
G: Jeff Teague
C: Al Horford
C: Zaza Pachulia
F: Josh Smith
F: Marvin Williams
G: Kirk Hinrich (unrestricted)
G: Jannero Pargo (unrestricted)
G: Jerry Stackhouse (unrestricted)
F: Ivan Johnson (unrestricted)
F: Tracy McGrady (unrestricted)
C: Jason Collins (unrestricted)
Recent Draft History:
2011: Keith Benson (48)
2010: Damion James (24), Pape Sy (53)
2009: Jeff Teague (19), Sergiy Gladyr (49)
2008: No picks
2007: Al Horford (3), Acie Law (11)
2006: Shelden Williams (5), Solomon Jones (33)
-- Shaun Powell