Will the Hawks turn this around?

  • Co-author, Pro Basketball Prospectus series
  • Formerly a consultant with the Indiana Pacers
  • Developed WARP rating and SCHOENE system

Where are the Atlanta Hawks headed after firing head coach Lloyd Pierce on Monday?

Pierce paid the price for the Hawks’ slide in the standings after a promising start to a season that began with playoff expectations. Hit hard by injuries, Atlanta has gone 4-11 since starting the season 10-9 to drop to 11th in the Eastern Conference.

Can the Hawks get back into one of the spots in this year’s inaugural NBA play-in tournament? And in the big picture, how competitive can an Atlanta team built around guard Trae Young be in years to come? Let’s take a look.

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