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Hawks training camp: Atlanta overhauling offense without Joe Johnson

Josh Smith, Jeff Teague and new additions will play a new style of offense without Joe Johnson.

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With guard Joe Johnson traded to the Brooklyn Nets, the Atlanta Hawks are revamping their offensive playbook, changes that both players and coaches believe will change the face of the Hawks offense this season.

The incumbent Iso-Joe offense, which featured Johnson as a first look most times down the court, was revamped with players such as Anthony Morrow and DeShawn Stevenson joining the attack. Forward Josh Smith believes the changes will only prove to allow for a simpler, more efficient attack.

"Guys on this team are not selfish and the offense that we are putting in is going to help everybody to get a chance to score," Smith told the Atlanta Journal Constitution. "It's going to make us that much more of a threat when you don't see where the offense is coming from."

For Hawks coach Larry Drew, the changes to his lineup and plan allow for a bit of uncertainty to his game planning, something he hopes to take advantage of on the court.

"I think that should work to our advantage. It takes away the predictability about us. If we play together, if we share the basketball, I think we can be an effective team," Drew said.

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