27 Days Until the Atlanta Hawks’ Season
We are counting down the days until the Hawks’ season-opener in Dallas by giving you 50 things to be excited about this year. With 27 days left, today’s reason is…
I’d argue, and I doubt many Hawks fans would disagree, that for the last several years Al Horford has been one of the most underrated players in the Eastern Conference (if not the entire NBA). Which makes it even sweeter that in the offseason, Danny Ferry went out and added arguably the most underrated player in the Western Conference in Paul Millsap. Seriously – you are going to love the way this guy plays.
Much like Al, Millsap is often overlooked because he doesn’t fit the textbook definition of a post player. Like Al, who constantly is reminded that he’s better off as a power forward (despite making multiple All-Star teams as a center), Millsap is considered undersized for his position. And he continues to get discounted for that reason, despite the fact that all the guy does is produce, going back to his days at Louisiana Tech, where he became the only player in NCAA history to lead the nation in rebounding for three straight years.
The consensus amongst NBA scribes was that his signing by the Hawks was one of the best moves any team made in free agency, and soon you’ll get to see why. Welcome to the ATL, Paul!
We also want your input. What are you most excited about this upcoming season. Leave a comment below to let us know, and we may feature your idea in our countdown!
Day 50 – New Faces
Day 49 – First Pelicans Visit
Day 48 – Hawks Social Media
Day 47 – Dennis Schröder
Day 46 – Celebrities at Philips Arena
Day 45 – All-Star Game
Day 44 – Hawks Footwear
Day 43 – Sky Hawk and the Sky Squad
Day 42 – Bakersfield Jam
Day 41 – John Jenkins & Mike Scott
Day 40 – SkyView Atlanta
Day 39 – Drew and Pachulia’s Return
Day 38 – Junior Cheerleaders
Day 37 – Production Day
Day 36 – Hawks Intro Video
Day 35 – Overtime Games
Day 34 – Fan Experiences
Day 33 – Learning Foreign Languages
Day 32 – Gustavo Ayón
Day 31 – Open Practice
Day 30 – Live Streaming/Hawks.com
Day 29 – Ryan Cameron
Day 28 – Bob Rathbun & Dominique Wilkins
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