Pierce paid the price for the Hawks' slide in the standings after a promising start to a season that began with playoff expectations. Hit hard by injuries, Atlanta has gone 4-11 since starting the season 10-9 to drop to 11th in the Eastern Conference.
Can the Hawks get back into one of the spots in this year's inaugural NBA play-in tournament? And in the big picture, how competitive can an Atlanta team built around guard Trae Young be in years to come? Let's take a look.