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 around 26.1 points and 9.0 assists per game because intermission while hitting 2.9 triples per night in a 41.4 percent clip.
Afterward, there’s fellow freshman Kevin Huerter doing a strikingly good belief of Curry’s sibling-in-splash, Klay Thompson. Since snagging a fulltime 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-lived bombs while draining 41.4 percent out.
John Collins might not fit the Warriors’ mold, however, the second-year major man might be the best player about whom nobody talks. He’s one of just nine subscribers averaging at least 19 points and eight rebounds, and his leap as a three-point shooter (0.9 threes each night on a 37.7 percent clip) reveals there’s lots of helium left in his upside.
It is hard to say how a number of other keepers are on the roster, although Taurean Prince and Omari Spellman both provide Golden State-style versatility at either 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 season. The Hawks could also amass as many as three extra first-rounders from the next several years.
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