The Atlanta Hawks’ rebranding as the Golden State Warriors East is Before schedule.
As unfair as those Stephen Curry comparisons could have appeared, Trae Young’s volatile post-All-Star stretch shows why they were made. The 20-year-old sharpshooter has rocketed around 26.1 points and 9.0 assists per game since intermission while hitting 2.9 triples per night at a 41.4 percent clip.
Then, there is fellow freshman Kevin Huerter doing a good impression 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 from space. For comparison, the freshman version of Thompson went for 12.5 points and 1.7 long-lived bombs while clearing 41.4 percent out.
John Collins may not fit the Warriors’ mould, however, the second-year major man may be the ideal player about whom no one speaks. He is one of only nine subscribers averaging at least 19 points and nine rebounds, along with his leap 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 hard to say how a number of different keepers are on the roster, although Taurean Prince and Omari Spellman equally provide 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 season. The Hawks may also collect as many as three additional first-rounders in the next several years.
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