The majority of Atlanta fans will look at the 2019-20 season as a positive, despite the horrid win/loss record. The Hawks have done a terrific job at building a squad for the future, and this was shown during the past season.
Whenever anyone thinks of the Hawks and young talent, they think of Trae Young. The sharpshooting superstar has been compared to Steph Curry and it is easy to see why.
Young averaged an incredible 29.6PPG and 9.3APG in his sophomore season, earning him a starting spot in the All-Star Game. His play is reminiscent of the Splash Brother from the Warriors, and Young has a bright future ahead.
Young’s main weakness is his defence, however with his age and unbelievable talent he will be able to develop his defensive capabilities.
Other than Young, the talents of other young players were put on display during the season. John Collins is a rebounding machine and a power forward that fits perfectly into the modern NBA. Cameron Reddish, De’Andre Hunter and Kevin Huerter also round out the team as developing players that will one day flourish.
While the team’s record was a bit abysmal, the player development continues to shine in Atlanta with the young guns all improving this season.
As mentioned before, the one aspect that the team needs to improve is defence. The team is offensively a strong team, with players like Collins and Young leading the charge in the scoring. If the team wants to continue to improve, it needs to improve in protecting the basket.
The addition of Clint Capela from the Houston Rockets will help the team. While the Hawks have not yet seen Capela suit up, he adds rim protection and inside presence that will aid this team. It also allows Young a man on the inside to dish to, allowing Collins to play into his strengths as a stretch four with an able body inside doing the dirty work.
The time Vince Carter spent at the Hawks as well also showcased that a young team like the Hawks needs veteran leadership. While Carter was not the best player on the team, his experience in the NBA helping guide the young players with their lead experience and leadership.
A mixture of defensive prowess and veteran talent would certainly help the young Hawks team become a post-season competitor next season.