One Question, Every Team: Southeast Division

One Question, Every Team: Southeast Division

This article is part of our NBA Draft Kit series.

We're getting close to opening night. So let's hurry up and answer One Big Question for each team in the Southeast division:

Atlanta Hawks

The Hawks made a really nice playoff run this summer. And those free agent signings from 2020 have created a deep roster.

If the Hawks are all healthy, who faces a playing time crunch?

In particular, I don't know how Atlanta can give meaningful minutes to all their young wings.  Between De'Andre Hunter, Kevin Huerter, Cam Reddish and rookie Jalen Johnson, there isn't enough floor time to make everyone happy. In Wednesday's preseason loss to the Cavs, Hunter and Huerter started while the veteran Bogdanovic got the night off. Reddish came off the bench for 28 minutes of run and Johnson saw 24 minutes. When the games count, head coach Nate McMillan will go back to starting Bogdanovic, as he did last year.

The Hawks may have a draft day steal with the 6-foot-9 Johnson. If Hunter is truly healthy, his defense is too good to keep out of the starting lineup. I think both Huerter and Reddish could be facing a minutes crunch. Huerter played 32.1 minutes per game when Lloyd Pierce was in charge last season. But when Atlanta replaced Pierce with McMillan, Huerter averaged 29.5 minutes per contest the rest of season. McMillan's hiring coincided with Bogdanvic's return to health. But it was clear the new coach preferred Bogdanovic. Reddish might be a defensive freak, but he can't shoot. He

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