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When I was in college, a buddy of mine would always talk about Freaknik. A party/musical festival down in Atlanta that truly put the H.O.T. in Hotlanta. Dancing. Drinking. Partying. Music. Hoops. I was intrigued, especially since I had never been to the South. I never made it, though, then…POOF. It was gone. Maybe it’s something about Atlanta, but that’s been my experience with the Hawks. The team has made the playoffs for 10 consecutive years and I’ve been intrigued at times, but I always overlooked them. Well, I won’t have to worry about that now because…POOF. The team is rebuilding and will most probably be bad. At least there are some young exciting pieces which should, at least, make them an interesting watch.

2016 record: 43-39

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That string of 10 consecutive playoff appearances I mentioned in the opening? POOF. This team is going to be bad. With that said, there are some young, exciting players that will be fun to watch and could become fantasy relevant, especially toward the later stages of the season.

PGDennis Schroder is the starter and will probably be the main guy for the Hawks this season. His usage rate has been in the 27-28% range the past three years. It wouldn’t shock me if that number gets into the 30s. The turnovers are always a concern, but assists are a valuable commodity, and he should provide around six per game. He shoots a decent percentage from three-land, a very high percentage from the charity stripe, will pull down a few boards, get a steal, and has the potential to score close to 20 a game. Malcolm Delaney is the backup. If people start taking about Delaney, then something has gone terribly wrong in Atlanta.

SG – This is an interesting position from a fantasy perspective. Kent Bazemore and Marco Belinelli are both good players and have a similar skill set, as they are both three-point specialists. Now, Bazemore signed a four-year, $70 million contract last year, so you could follow the money, but….there’s always a but. Belinelli was acquired in the trade for Dwight Howard. There’s a good chance they could both cannibalize each other’s fantasy value, as both will probably play around 24 mpg.

SFTaurean Prince is slated to start. The mini-Predator is one of those young, exciting players I mentioned earlier. He’s 6′ 8″ 220 pounds, only 23 years old, and super athletic. He should be able to contribute across the whole stat spectrum. DeAndre Bembry is 6′ 6″ 210 pounds, only 23 years old, and super athletic as well. He’s more slasher than shooter, though. Bembry did suffer a triceps injury in early September and will miss 4-6 weeks. His availability for opening night is in question. Nicolas Brussino is another 23-year-old and played for Dallas last season. He was claimed off waivers by the Hawks. He looks to be a pure depth signing. As I said with Delaney, if Brussino is getting talked about then something has gone terribly wrong.

PFErsan Ilyasova was re-signed for one-year, $6 million. Ilyasova is a nice player, especially since he’ll grab some boards and spread the floor with his three-point prowess. With that said, I’m all about John Collins. My love knows no bounds when it comes to Collins. He probably won’t contribute in 3s, but he does have a nice mid-range game and will collect boards and blocks due to his crazy athleticism. Oh, he’ll be on Sportscenter plenty as well. On a side note, if a player has a highlight on Sportscenter but no one is watching, did said highlight actually happen? As the season goes on, Collins is going to soak up more and more minutes. Really, it wouldn’t surprise me if it happens sooner rather than later.

CDewayne Dedmon will start. I really like Dedmon and am excited to see what he can do with an increase in minutes. He’s going to shoot a super-high percentage from the field, grab a ton of boards, and block shots. His percentage from the charity stripe is decent as well. For a big man (7′ 0″ 245 pounds), he moves very well. With all that said, he’s 28 years old and has never received more than 17 mpg. There’s gotta be some reason for that, right? We shall see. All I’m saying is that there is some unknown here. Mike Muscala and Miles Plumlee will back up Dedmon. Don’t dismiss Muscala from getting some minutes, as he has the ability to shoot the 3. Miles Plumlee was arrested for marijuana possession in late-August. He’s also the worst Plumlee brother. He should have plenty of time puff and watch Dude, Where’s My Car at home.

  1. hassan_blackside says:
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    Hi Son, Viz and team razballers,

    Whatsup! Hey just wanna get your opinion/ thoughts we just had a draft its a 18 teams 9 cats h2h money league. What are my chances? hehe

    Round Pick Player Position
    1. (10) Nikola Jokic PF,C
    2. (27) Paul Millsap PF,C
    3. (46) Jeff Teague PG
    4. (63) Markelle Fultz PG
    5. (82) Robert Covington SF,PF
    6. (99) Rajon Rondo PG
    7. (118) Richaun Holmes PF,C
    8. (135) Kentavious Caldwell-Pope SG
    9. (154) Derrick Rose PG
    10. (171) John Collins PF
    11. (190) Malik Monk SG
    12. (207) Donovan Mitchell SG
    13. (226) Ian Clark PG,SG

    also someone proposed his conley for my teague and rondo 😀

    MORE POWER TO YOU GUYS!!! THANKS IN ADVANCE!!!

    • Son

      Son says:
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      @hassan_blackside: You have Jokic. You win. Love the Jokic/Millsap start.

      I wouldn’t make that trade

    • Kostas

      Kostas says:
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      @hassan_blackside: You might need some help in the Blk department(you depend on the year Millsap and Covington has) but other than that great draft all around.Love the Covington value at 82,absolute steal…

      • hassan_blackside says:
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        @Kostas: Appreciate the feedback SOn and Kostas!!

  2. hassan_blackside says:
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    any chance schroeder moves up on your rankings? I see that you put him on no 80? and jamal murray (59) is higher than schroder? Just wanna get your thoughts on this

    • Son

      Son says:
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      @hassan_blackside: I’m super high on Murray and the Nuggets O. I still like Elf and Lin slightly better than Dennis.

    • Kostas

      Kostas says:
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      @hassan_blackside: Schroeder should get all the usage he can handle but his turnovers keep him outside the top 70 for me.He either needs to up his fg%,lower his turnovers or start making more 3’s with the same peercentages to make a jump int the top 50.Murray has more potential and if he is given around 30 minutes as the pg in denver he can outperform Schroeder in fantasy(Lower floor but a much higher ceiling).

  3. Maarten says:
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    Why would you wanna rate schroeder higher? His scoring will improve but will also decrease his already low fg%. His assists will improve but so will his already high turnover rate. He doesnt hit a lot of threes and is one of the weakest guards in steals.

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