The Atlanta Hawks were a Cinderella story last season, blossoming into an elite team under Nate McMillan after the firing of Lloyd Pierce and then making a surprise run to the Eastern Conference Finals before falling just short against the Milwaukee Bucks. The Hawks are hoping to be even better in 2021-22, but they do have some health concerns heading into training camp.
De’Andre Hunter, Kevin Huerter, Bogdan Bogdanovic and Clint Capela are all dealing with injury issues and won’t be 100% for the start of training camp next week. Hawks president Travis Schlenk relayed this news at a press conference on Friday, according to Zach Hood of Peachtree Hoops.
While all four of these players are currently expected to be ready for the start of the regular season, it’s still not ideal that they’re all recovering from these injuries. There’s always the possibility of setbacks that could bleed into the regular season. These are all key members of the rotation, so it would be unfortunate if any of them aren’t ready to play in the next month.
Hunter had surgery for a torn meniscus he suffered during the playoffs, while Huerter underwent an ankle procedure in the offseason. Bogdanovic got a PRP injection in his knee, and Capela also got his own PRP injection but for his Achilles.
Furthermore, youngster Onyeka Okongwu is recovering from a torn labrum and might not be back until the calendar flips to 2022.
There is some good news, though, and that’s that the Hawks are set to be 100% vaccinated.