This weekend was all about star power for Atlanta Hawks fans and the rest of the NBA world.
he Hawks are set to start the “second half” of their schedule with the same roster that led them to a 28-30 record.
In reality, they’ve played nearly 71 percent of their schedule and the roster is virtually the same that led them to the Eastern Conference Finals last season.
Yet, as the All-Star festivities took over, culminating in the All-Star game on Sunday night, one thing was painfully clear.
The Hawks are still short on the requisite star power to win a title.
There isn’t some magic formula for determining this that requires you to be a wizard of advanced analytics.
Nor would the eye test have to be extensive to identify the problem; this is not an Xs and Os issue.
An Atlanta Hawks championship will be hard to come by without more star power
Just before the break, Devin Booker tweeted out a photo of the Phoenix Suns would-be 19-game win streak that was broken up by the Hawks.
It did a good job of illustrating what the ceiling is for this current group.
So it would seem counterintuitive to now suggest they are still a piece or two away from a championship.
None of the top title contenders have just one All-Star representing their team in this weekend’s events.
The closest argument one could make is the Brooklyn Nets and Philadelphia 76ers
Ben Simmons and Kyrie Irving have both been to multiple All-Star selections while James Harden is a former MVP on top of all of that.
Bam Adebayo of the Miami Heat is also a former All-Star.
That win over Phoenix was a peak performance for a team that has struggled with consistency this season.
But how will they be able to navigate if something were to happen to Trae Young for an extended period? They are 2-3 without him this season and 9-13 all-time.
That is both incredibly fortunate that he’s held up as he has and also playing with fire.
Phoenix is undoubtedly happy to have Booker carry the load while Paul is on the mend.
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