The Atlanta Hawks opened up their season playing in Dallas against the Mavericks. This was the first game played without any of the starters from the 2014-2015 Hawks on the team, with Paul Millsap now on the Denver Nuggets. The Hawks team that played tonight is radically different from the team that the Hawks put up in the previous season. Key players Dwight Howard and Tim Hardaway Jr. also gone, the Hawks tapped new addition Dewayne Dedmon for a starting role and relied on rookie John Collins and Marco Belinelli for bench scoring. Belinelli lead the bench with 20 points and Collins put up a respectable 14 points and 5 rebounds in his first professional game. However, If this game is any indication for the upcoming season, it appears that coach Mike Budenholzer is handing the majority of the scoring to point guard Dennis Schroder. Schroder attempted 26 shots, scoring on 13 of them for a total of 28 points. Another thing to note was the 50 percent that the Hawks made on their 3 point attempts, and the 51 percent shooting from the field. The Hawks poor offense was the cause of many of their struggles last season, and it seems that the team is headed the way of the rest of the league with the addition of multiple 3 point shooters to come off of the bench. This was only one game in a long season, but with the performances of the Hawks, new additions may be a reason to observe how this team plays in the future.
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