The NBA season is right around the corner. This year the Golden State Warriors are looking to repeat as champions, but will have a big test. The new additions that each team has added in the off season will make this season much more interesting and competitive. The western conference is looking extremely competitive as there are around five or six teams that can legitimately win it all. The eastern conference is still competitive, but definitely up in the air. The Cleveland Cavaliers will be the front runners, but the Atlanta Hawks are another team that will be in contention.
The Atlanta Hawks had an outstanding season last year finishing 60-22 and making it to the eastern conference finals. They got knocked out by the Cleveland Cavaliers, but showed much promise in the upcoming years. With a decimated conference this year, the Hawks will look to make it back to the conference finals and go on to the NBA finals.
The Atlanta Hawks still have a formidable team after just an average off season. They still have veteran sharpshooter Kyle Korver. Korver was an all star last year who was one of the leagues best shooters. They also have the big three still in town with Jeff Teague, Al Horford, and Paul Milsap. These guys are all past and current all stars who lead this team every year. They unfortunately lost their defensive anchor in Demare Carroll, but they picked up another defensive presence in Tiago Splitter.
The man who assembled this team into a contending one, is NBA owner, Bruce Levenson. Levenson has been with the Atlanta Hawks for quite a while now and has made huge strides towards success with this team. He recently decided to part ways with the organization, selling his team to Anthony Ressler for $850 million. Levenson was looking to sell his team between $750 million and $1 billion, and was offered the bid by Ressler. This upcoming year Forbes’ billionaire Bruce Levenson will step away from the organization giving the keys to Ressler, the new owner.
Ressler and the Hawks will have another successful year. Given health and injuries, if the Hawks can stay together throughout the year there is no doubt that they will be back in contention again. The veterans and defensive presence that they have is one of the best in the league. There are obstacles they will face, but as of right now it looks like it will be a rematch of them and the Cavaliers in the eastern conference finals again.
On the other side of the league is the star studded western conference. With the San Antonio Spurs adding big men Lamarcus Aldridge and David West, it makes the west much more interesting. Also, the Los Angeles Clippers are back to full form and added veteran Paul Pierce. The Golden State Warriors have regained their whole team and strength, but will have a huge test with the additions that some of their competitors have made.