The Atlanta Hawks’ rebranding as the Golden State Warriors East is Before schedule.
As unfair as these Stephen Curry comparisons could have appeared, Trae Young’s volatile post-All-Star stretch demonstrates 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 each night at a 41.4 per clip.
Afterward, there is fellow freshman Kevin Huerter doing a good impression 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 from distance. For comparison, the freshman version of Thompson went for 12.5 points and 1.7 long-range bombs while clearing 41.4 percent out.
John Collins may not fit the Warriors’ mould, but the second-year big man may be the ideal player about whom no one talks. He’s one of just nine contributors averaging at least 19 points and nine rebounds, along with his leap since a three-point shooter (0.9 threes per night on a 37.7 percent clip) shows there’s lots of helium left in his upside.
It’s 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 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 extra first-rounders from the coming years.
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