• Eight Things We Learned About Collins' Sophomore Season

    2) John had an ultra-rare season.
  • 2018-19 Season Review: John Collins

    After a debut season in which he earned second team All-Rookie honors, expectations were lofty for John Collins as his sophomore campaign arrived with the Atlanta Hawks. The No. 19 overall pick in the 2017 NBA Draft impressed at a high level while making a strong first impression and, after a thoroughly dominant (and brief) Summer League appearance, many projected a big-time leap for Collins. However, the 6’10 big man encountered resistance in the early going, as a (badly) sprained ankle f
  • Seven Important Facts About Huerter's Rookie Season

    Story by KL Chouinard
  • 2018-19 Season Review: Kevin Huerter

    A positive debut. The Atlanta Hawks selected Kevin Huerter with the No. 19 pick in the 2018 NBA Draft, a selection acquired from the Minnesota Timberwolves in the 2015 Adreian Payne trade. Most of the draft day buzz and the hype going into Summer League revolved around Trae Young, as he was the highest draft selection by the club since 2007 when they selected Al Horford third overall. Huerter missed the Summer League due to surgery to repair torn ligaments in his right (shooting) hand, and perha
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  • Lloyd Pierce Coaching Team USA is Good Sign for Future

    For the Atlanta Hawks, having the team’s first-year head coach join Gregg Popovich’s staff after just one year with the team is a great start. Atlanta Hawks head coach Lloyd Pierce joined the staff this offseason after a supremely successful run with the Philadelphia 76ers in which Pierce was an assistant coach during the team’s […] Atlanta Hawks: Lloyd Pierce Coaching Team USA is Good Sign for Future - Soaring Down South - Soaring Down South - An Atlanta Hawks blog
  • Hawks’ Lloyd Pierce to join Popovich’s Team USA Staff

    On Monday, Adrian Wojarnowski reported that Hawks’ Coach Lloyd Pierce will be joining Greg Popovich’s Team USA Staff this summer. Pierce just finished his first season as a head coach in the NBA with Atlanta, helping the team exceed all expectations behind the play of Trae Young and John Collins. Before joining the Hawks, he was an assistant to Brett Brown in Philadelphia. Pierce has shown a knack for developing talent. Now, he will have the opportunity to do it on a national stage.
  • USA Basketball Announces Lloyd Pierce as 2019-20 USA Men’s National Team Assistant Coach

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  • Eight Things About Trae Young's 2018-19 Season

    Author: Kevin L. Chouinard (@KLChouinard)
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  • 2018-19 Season Review: Taurean Prince

    Taurean Prince was probably the most polarizing member of the Atlanta Hawks this season, if not the last two seasons with Dennis Schroder perhaps taking the cake last year. Observers genuinely seem to disagree on what Prince is going to be in the NBA. After a strong month-plus to end the 2017-18 season, there were writers on the national level that expected him to have a breakout 2018-19 campaign, and similar buzz within the fan base, while others have never been willing to go there when it come
  • 2019 NBA Draft: For Atlanta Hawks, Nicolas Claxton Could Be a Steal

    A quick look at a potential second round steal in the 2019 NBA Draft for the Atlanta Hawks. In each and every NBA Draft, a player falls to the second round or down into the mid-to-late first round that turns out to be a brilliant player. Just look at the 2017 Draft, where Donovan Mitchell […] 2019 NBA Draft: For Atlanta Hawks, Nicolas Claxton Could Be a Steal - Soaring Down South - Soaring Down South - An Atlanta Hawks blog
  • 2019 NBA Draft: If Suns Get #1, Could Atlanta Hawks Land Zion?

    A quick look at recent developments surrounding the Phoenix Suns and who the team might take with its first round pick in the 2019 NBA Draft and what that might mean for the Atlanta Hawks. After a fairly good season that saw the team win 5 more games than they did in 2017-18, the Atlanta […] 2019 NBA Draft: If Suns Get #1, Could Atlanta Hawks Land Zion? - Soaring Down South - Soaring Down South - An Atlanta Hawks blog
  • 2018-19 Season Review: Kent Bazemore

    It was a tale of two seasons for Atlanta Hawks swingman Kent Bazemore in 2018-19. In the first, he was as vibrant as he’s been since the beginning of his career, flying around like the player the fanbase fell in love with in the early days of his time in Atlanta. Then, in Game 35, disaster struck in the form of a nasty ankle injury that zapped a ton of his athleticism for the remainder of the year. He missed the next month and came back to play another 32 games post-injury, but the results
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  • Zion Williamson Fits Well in Atlanta Says Jay Williams

    A quick recap of a recent quote from Jay Williams regarding likely #1 overall pick Zion Williamson and the Atlanta Hawks. It’s draft season (or #DraftSZN, as the Twitterati say), which means all teams are plotting their course to make the right selection when their name is called in late June. In the 2019 NBA […] Atlanta Hawks: Zion Williamson Fits Well in Atlanta Says Jay Williams - Soaring Down South - Soaring Down South - An Atlanta Hawks blog
  • 6 Veteran Players to Consider in Free Agency

    With the Atlanta Hawks set for an extremely impactful offseason, let’s take a look at 6 veterans the team could sign when free agency hits. The Atlanta Hawks great outperformed expectations in the 2018-19 season. After many analysts pegged them as one of the worst teams in the NBA, the Hawks casually went out and […] Atlanta Hawks: 6 Veteran Players to Consider in Free Agency - Soaring Down South - Soaring Down South - An Atlanta Hawks blog
  • Top Facebook Posts From The 2018-19 Season

    Hawks fans flocked to Facebook to find some of our top posts of the season. They range from "Old School vs.
  • 5 Reasons to Draft Matisse Thybulle in 2019 NBA Draft

    An in-depth look at why the Atlanta Hawks should seriously consider taking Matisse Thybulle out of Washington in the 2019 NBA Draft. For the Atlanta Hawks, this time of the year is the most impactful for the team’s future, as the 2019 NBA Draft is the most notable way in which the team can improve […] Atlanta Hawks: 5 Reasons to Draft Matisse Thybulle in 2019 NBA Draft - Soaring Down South - Soaring Down South - An Atlanta Hawks blog
  • Add Jay Williams to the list of names who wants to see Zion on the Hawks

    A former Duke star himself, Jay Williams is now a lead personality in ESPN’s college basketball department. Recently, TMZ caught up with him to ask about Zion Williamson and what the best situation is for the ultra-talented forward that is the most hyped up prospect since Lebron James. Take a look: A New York resident, Williams shied away from saying the Knicks are the premier potential landing spot for Williamson, citing their owner, James Dolan, as the primary deterrent. Instead, he went
  • Top Tweets from the 2018-19 Season

    This season was full with top plays, top photos, but that also included top tweets.
  • 2018-19 Season Review: Omari Spellman

    Omari Spellman was the third of three first round picks for the Atlanta Hawks in the 2018 NBA draft, selected with the 30th and final selection of the first round. Expectations for the 6’9 big man’s rookie season were very hard to project. After averaging 17.5 minutes while playing in 46 games, perhaps there are still as many questions about Spellman’s NBA future as there were at the start of the season. As the Hawks opened the season on the road at Madison Square Garden, Spell
  • Trading Down in 2019 NBA Draft Makes Perfect Sense

    A quick look at why trading down in the 2019 NBA Draft might be a good idea for the Atlanta Hawks. Last year, the Atlanta Hawks were involved the biggest draft day trade during the 2018 NBA Draft. At this point, everyone knows that the Hawks opted to trade Luka Doncic for Trae Young and […] Atlanta Hawks: Trading Down in 2019 NBA Draft Makes Perfect Sense - Soaring Down South - Soaring Down South - An Atlanta Hawks blog
  • Could Hawks Pull Off Karl-Anthony Towns Trade?

    A quick look at a potentially shocking trade the Atlanta Hawks could potentially make this offseason. Despite the NBA Playoffs taking many of the headlines due to the first round barely being underway, there are still plenty of highfalutin and pie-in-the-sky roster construction article on NBA teams that are circulating throughout the internet as of […] Atlanta Hawks: Could Hawks Pull Off Karl-Anthony Towns Trade? - Soaring Down South - Soaring Down South - An Atlanta Hawks blog
  • Grading the Hawks offseason Acquisitions (Rookies included)

    The 2018-2019 season was a special transitional year for the organization. Travis Schlenk made the most out of his three first-round picks, and although Atlanta didn’t make any splashes in free agency, the under the radar moves that they did make turned out better than many could have imagined. All of which led to the Hawks, who were projected to be the worst team in the NBA, smashing expectations in the second year of their rebuild. Justin Anderson Grade: B Anderson was one of the pieces
  • 2018-19 Season Review: Alex Len

    It hadn’t really worked out for Alex Len in the NBA in his first five seasons in the NBA. Having being drafted by Phoenix in 2013 with the fifth overall pick, Len’s NBA career hadn’t panned out the way some may have expected — granted, Len was just one player in that infamous 2013 draft that hadn’t performed to their draft position (though, in time that class has redeemed itself somewhat). After signing the qualifying offer with Phoenix in 2017 and becoming an unres
  • 4 Reasons to Draft Romeo Langford in the 2019 NBA Draft

    An exploration of why Romeo Langford might be worth a look in the lottery for the Atlanta Hawks in the 2019 NBA Draft. With the 2019 NBA Draft right around the corner (and its lottery even closer), the Atlanta Hawks, and all teams set to make choices in the lottery, are gearing up for the […] Atlanta Hawks: 4 Reasons to Draft Romeo Langford in the 2019 NBA Draft - Soaring Down South - Soaring Down South - An Atlanta Hawks blog
  • For Atlanta Hawks, How Realistic is Anthony Davis Trade?

    A quick look at the potential for an Anthony Davis trade by the Atlanta Hawks. With the regular season over, the players on the Atlanta Hawks can focus on bettering their games or improving their skills. For Atlanta Hawks management, this is where the hard part begins. So far in his General Manager tenure, Travis […] For Atlanta Hawks, How Realistic is Anthony Davis Trade? - Soaring Down South - Soaring Down South - An Atlanta Hawks blog
  • 2018-19 Season Review: Miles Plumlee

    The 2018-19 season was generally positive for the Atlanta Hawks. The team exceeded rational expectations in year two of their rebuilding effort and, in an overall sense, the future appears bright with Trae Young, John Collins, Lloyd Pierce, Kevin Huerter and others in the mix. With that said, the campaign wasn’t all sunshine and rainbows for every member of the roster, and Miles Plumlee is an example of that. The veteran center battled a left knee ailment for the vast majority of the campa
  • 8 Free Agents in Playoffs Hawks Could Sign in Offseason

    An exploration of the player that are currently enjoying playoff basketball that the Atlanta Hawks could target in free agency this offseason. With the NBA Playoffs in full swing, the Atlanta Hawks sadly will not be partaking in the enjoyable gauntlet of heightened storylines and overblown narratives – though a potential playoff berth might be […] Atlanta Hawks: 8 Free Agents in Playoffs Hawks Could Sign in Offseason - Soaring Down South - Soaring Down South - An Atlanta Hawks blog
  • 2018-19 Season Review: Vince Carter

    What is there to say about Vince Carter that hasn’t been said already? Everything that needs to be said about Carter has been said — he’s a future Hall of Famer, he’s one of the greatest dunkers the game has ever seen, he’s a great scorer, but not only that, he’s a great character that any team would be delighted to have on their team. His legacy as a professional basketball player is pretty much set in stone. With all that said, Carter is still playing and th
  • Who Is a Free Agent This Offseason?

    A primer on members of the Atlanta Hawks roster that will be free agents this offseason. After a rather dull and insipid 2017-18 season, the Atlanta Hawks roared back to life with a terrifically interesting 2018-19 campaign, which featured the continued improvement of John Collins, DeAndre’ Bembry and others as well as the addition of […] Atlanta Hawks: Who Is a Free Agent This Offseason? - Soaring Down South - Soaring Down South - An Atlanta Hawks blog
  • Trae Young: Becoming The New Passing Artist

    Author: Kevin L. Chouinard (@KLChouinard)
  • Why the 2018-2019 Hawks were such a success

    The 2017-2018 Hawks were painful to watch. For the first time in over a decade, Atlanta chose to abandon being competitive and undergo a full rebuild. Miles Plumlee and Ersan Ilyasova started a combined 75 games. Dennis Schroder was often wholly disinterested. The lone bright spot was John Collins, and he was only playing in 24.1 minutes per game. The Hawks finished 24-58. It was a year worth forgetting in Atlanta. In the offseason, the Hawks traded away Dennis Schroder in a salary dump, used th
  • Young, Huerter rise in 2018 re-draft

    The 2019 NBA Draft will arrive soon enough, and the Atlanta Hawks are in a fantastic position, with the potential for five (!) picks in the top 45. While the final draft order won’t be set until mid-May, there is plenty to be excited about for Hawks fans, particularly when remembering that the team already has an intriguing young core in place. Trae Young is prominently involved in that foundation and, on Monday morning, Jonathan Wasserman of Bleacher Report went through an intriguing exer
  • 2018-19 Season Review: Justin Anderson

    Justin Anderson was acquired by the Hawks in July in a series of moves that resulted in Dennis Schroder being moved to Oklahoma City, clearing the way for Trae Young to own the starting point guard position from the jump of the 2018-19 NBA season. Anderson was not, as it turns out, just a throw in to make the transaction legal from a salary requirements standpoint. He served a very purposeful role for Atlanta across the season despite posting a career low in minutes played. Having played for a s
  • 2018-19 Season Review: Dewayne Dedmon

    Amid all the losing the Atlanta Hawks have done over the past two seasons, it would be easy to miss the 7-footer who’s completely renovated his game and emerged as one of the league’s best two-way centers. Dewayne Dedmon gets precious little national attention, but the production has been there in both seasons with the Hawks, and now it’s time for Dedmon to test the waters in free agency and see just how much the rest of the league is paying attention to what he’s done wi
  • Atlanta Hawks 2018-19 Season In Review: Kevin Huerter

    An in-depth exploration of the season in review for beloved Atlanta Hawks rookie guard Kevin Huerter. For the second summer in a row, the Atlanta Hawks picked up a stud with the 19th overall pick in the draft. In 2017, it was high-flying forward John Collins who shattered expectations, and in 2018 it was Kevin […] Atlanta Hawks 2018-19 Season In Review: Kevin Huerter - Soaring Down South - Soaring Down South - An Atlanta Hawks blog
  • 6 Underrated Prospects to Consider in 2019 NBA Draft

    A look at some of the more underrated players in the 2019 NBA Draft class that the Atlanta Hawks could be interesting in on draft night. The Atlanta Hawks will hopefully have 5 draft picks heading into the 2019 NBA Draft on June 20. After making an ill-advised trade with the Charlotte Hornets last year […] Atlanta Hawks: 6 Underrated Prospects to Consider in 2019 NBA Draft - Soaring Down South - Soaring Down South - An Atlanta Hawks blog
  • 2018-19 Season Review: Alex Poythress

    After two years mostly wandering the NBA wilderness with Philadelphia and Indiana, Alex Poythress parlayed a strong Summer League outing with the Pacers in 2018 into a Two-Way contract with the Atlanta Hawks, filling out the final spot of their roster in advance of the 2018-19 season. Alongside undrafted point guard Jaylen Adams, Poythress would get a chance to play consistently in both the NBA and G League, where he had been very good two years prior in a consistent role with the Fort Wayne Mad
  • 2019 NBA Draft: Full Mock Draft 1.0, Atlanta Hawks Take Two Stars

    A look at a full first round 2019 NBA Draft, including selections for the Atlanta Hawks at number five and number nine. With the final game of the regular season behind us, the 2018-19 season is officially over for the Atlanta Hawks. For some teams, this year has been a massive disappointment (Lakers, Timberwolves, Cavs, […] 2019 NBA Draft: Full Mock Draft 1.0, Atlanta Hawks Take Two Stars - Soaring Down South - Soaring Down South - An Atlanta Hawks blog
  • Official Hawks lottery odds

    On Friday, the Hawks lottery odds were finalized. We already knew their pick would be fifth in the order. That gives them a 42.1% of landing in the top four and an outside shot (10.5%) of winning the Zion Williamson sweepstakes. What we didn’t know is where the Mavericks pick would land. Dallas finished with a 33-49 record, tied with the Pelicans and Grizzlies for the seventh-worst mark in the league. The three will split the odds of receiving the #1 pick (6%) and finishing in the top four
  • 2019 NBA Draft order tiebreaker results

    The NBA’s draft order is determined by the league’s reverse standings for that year, with the first four spots in the draft up for grabs via the lottery. However, when two teams finish the season with identical records, an additional step is necessary. In order to determine which of those tied teams will move ahead of the other(s) in the draft order, the NBA conducts tiebreakers via random drawings. The league completed the random drawings for 2019’s tiebreakers today, and we h
  • Hawks 2019 Draft Lottery odds

    Let’s look at the official math. The 2019 NBA Draft is coming and the Atlanta Hawks will be in the mix in a big way. Not only will Travis Schlenk and company have their own first round selection (guaranteed to land in the top ten), but the Hawks also own a trio of intriguing second-round selections. Beyond that, there is even more interest in the upcoming NBA Draft Lottery than there would be under normal circumstances, simply because the Hawks are owed a top-five protected pick from the D
  • Hawks’ Kent Bazemore opting in for 2019-20

    Hawks swingman and podcast co-host Kent Bazemore intends to exercise his player option for the 2019-20 season, agent Austin Walton tells ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski (Twitter link). Opting in will ensure that Bazemore’s $19,269,662 salary for next season becomes guaranteed. The 2019-20 season represents the final year of the four-year, $70M contract Bazemore signed with Atlanta back in July of 2016. While he has been a solid contributor for the Hawks since then, he’s unlikely to e
  • 2018-19 Season Review: Jaylen Adams

    As the 2018-19 season comes to a close, Peachtree Hoops will break down members of the Atlanta Hawks roster in “season review” form. This installment centers on rookie point guard Jaylen Adams. Jaylen Adams was one of the better players eligible for the 2018 NBA draft that ended up going undrafted. In this era of the NBA, four-year college players such as Adams are increasingly overlooked in the draft in favor of younger, less experienced players who possess the physical and athletic
  • 12 Potential Targets in Free Agency

    An in-depth look at 12 players (including one honorable mention) the Atlanta Hawks could look to sign in free agency this offseason. With the Atlanta Hawks playing their final game of the regular season on Wednesday, this is a bittersweet time of the year for Hawks fans. Though we won’t be able to watch our […] Atlanta Hawks: 12 Potential Targets in Free Agency - Soaring Down South - Soaring Down South - An Atlanta Hawks blog
  • Hawks Guard Trae Young Named KIA NBA Eastern Conference Rookie Of The Month For March/April

    ATLANTA –- Atlanta Hawks guard Trae Young was named Kia NBA Eastern Conference Rookie o
  • Trae Young earns fourth Rookie of the Month award

    Another piece of hardware for the first-year point guard. Trae Young’s rookie season was phenomenal and the Atlanta Hawks point guard will add yet another honor to his resume. At the conclusion of the campaign, Young was named the Eastern Conference Rookie of the Month for March and April (the NBA chose to combine the two months), and it was the fourth time the former Oklahoma standout was presented with the hardware during the 2018-19 campaign. The lone blemish for Young in this particula
  • Mock Draft: Hunter headlines interesting projection for Hawks

    The college basketball season is over and, for professional teams that aren’t participating in the NBA Playoffs, the campaign has also come to a close. With that in mind, mock draft season is officially upon us and, on the first day after the 2018-19 regular season, Jonathan Givony of ESPN weighed in with a new, 60-pick projection. As always, mock drafts shouldn’t be taken with too much seriousness in mid-April, particularly when the draft order itself remains in flux. Still, this is
  • 10 NBA figures we may not see after this season

    The closing days of the 2018-19 NBA regular season provided fans with opportunities to offer best wishes and farewells to a pair of legends, one of whom entered the Association in the late 1990s. Miami Heat guard Dwyane Wade announced his intentions before the tip of last fall's opening contest when he informed the world this campaign would represent "one last dance." Meanwhile, Dirk Nowitzki of the Dallas Mavericks kept things closer to the chest until the night of April 9. Could that mean he's
  • Dewayne Dedmon, Vince Carter would like to return to the Hawks

    At Thursday’s exit interviews, Hawks center Dewayne Dedmon confirmed he would like to return to Atlanta. The 7-foot center experienced unparalleled growth in his offensive game over his two years with the Hawks, becoming somewhat of a sniper from beyond the arc. This past season, Dedmon averaged 3.4 threes per game (no that is not a typo) and shot 38.2% from three – up from 35.5% in 2017-2018. Before coming to Atlanta, he was shunned from shooting threes and treated strictly as

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