Just two seasons ago, the Atlanta Hawks shocked nearly everyone as they stormed deep into the NBA playoffs.
The Hawks were a great surprise to many, aside from their fans who long believed their team had what it took to make it far.
Then, last season, they had a much harder time and struggled to make the playoffs.
But some huge changes were made in the summer and now the team’s lead player, Trae Young, believes that big things are ahead.
“We believe we can win a championship,” Young said at a press conference for his team.
“I know I do,” he added.
Young has always had great confidence in his team but now many more NBA fans also believe in the Hawks too.
Hawks Flying High
Atlanta was part of one of the biggest acquisitions in the summer when they got Dejounte Murray from the San Antonio Spurs.
While he won’t completely change the fate of the team by himself, Murray is a huge deal for the Hawks.
Playing alongside Young and John Collins, Murray could greatly raise the team’s offense and defense to the next level.
He fills many of the voids that the Hawks have – he just needs to stay healthy and follow through on his potential.
As for Young, he needs to keep playing at MVP-caliber levels and become even more of a team leader in the months ahead.
Young is a terrific player but he has his own weak points that need addressing and there is no better time to do that than now, with a new-look roster ready to take on the East.
In just a few months, we will know if Young’s belief in his team is founded or not.