How the Hawks dismantled their 60-win team in just 2 years

The final member of that infamous Atlanta Hawks 60-win starting five is gone, as Paul Millsap agreed to join the Nuggets as a free agent. DeMarre Carroll left two years ago in the immediate aftermath of Atlanta’s crowning glory — a glory capped by a sweep at the hands of LeBron James and the Cavaliers. Jeff Teague and Al Horford followed last summer, the former traded and the latter lost in free agency. The Hawks dealt Kyle Korver before the in-season deadline, and now they have lost Millsap.

This all happened in two years.

The Boston Celtics liked Tatum so much that they traded out of the first overall pick in the NBA draft to land him at No. 3. Right now, Tatum is giving Boston fans an early peek into what they can expect during his blazing start to NBA summer league. Tatum has popped off for 20 points or more three times in five games. He’s already hit a game-winner and put a rim-rattling dunk on his resume.

He’s also living off some tough makes right now. Is this a sign of Tatum’s future as a go-to scorer or a reason to be cautious projecting his development?

Tatum has done his damage largely on a dizzying array of fadeaways and step-back jumpers. Dirk Nowitzki would be proud watching these highlights:

As Kevin Arnovitz points out, the Hawks didn’t even convert those personnel losses into much in the way of talent or assets. All Atlanta has to show for the 60-win starting five is Taurean Prince and a protected Cleveland 2019 first-round pick. Turning that roster into whatever this is now is the Cheap Los Angeles Dodgers Jerseys basketball transaction equivalent of giving up a 28-3 lead in the Cheap Mls Jerseys Super Bowl.

How did we get here? It took a series of front office calamities, unbearable contracts, and the shadow cast by LeBron James to turn a brief window into a missed opportunity.