The Atlanta Hawks’ rebranding as the Golden State Warriors East is Before schedule.
As unfair as these Stephen Curry comparisons could have seemed, Trae Young’s explosive post-All-Star stretch shows why they were created. The 20-year-old sharpshooter has rocketed up to 26.1 points and 9.0 assists per game because intermission when hitting 2.9 triples each night at a 41.4 per clip.
Afterward, there is fellow freshman Kevin Huerter performing a strikingly good belief of Curry’s sibling-in-splash, Klay Thompson. Since snagging a full-time starting gig in late November, Huerter has tallied 11.2 points and 2.1 threes per game while shooting 39.6 percent out of space. For contrast, the freshman edition of Thompson went for 12.5 points and 1.7 long-range bombs while draining 41.4 percent out.
John Collins might not match the Warriors’ mould, but the second-year big man might be the best player about whom nobody speaks. He is one of only nine subscribers averaging at least 19 points and nine rebounds, along with his jump as a three-point shooter (0.9 threes per night on a 37.7 percent clip) reveals there’s lots of helium left in his upside.
It’s tough to say how a number of different keepers are on the roster, though Taurean Prince and Omari Spellman both offer Golden State-style flexibility at both ends. The fiscal books are largely clean, save for Kent Bazemore’s $19.3 million player option and Miles Plumlee’s $12.5 million salary for next year. The Hawks may also amass as many as three extra first-rounders in the coming years.
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