The Atlanta Hawks’ rebranding as the Golden State Warriors East is ahead of schedule.
As unfair as those Stephen Curry comparisons may have seemed, Trae Young’s explosive post-All-Star stretch shows why they were made. 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 percent clip.
Afterward, there’s fellow freshman Kevin Huerter performing a strikingly good impression of Curry’s sibling-in-splash, Klay Thompson. Since snagging a fulltime beginning 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 edition of Thompson went for 12.5 points and 1.7 long-lived bombs while clearing 41.4 percent out.
John Collins might not fit the Warriors’ mould, however, the second-year big man might be the ideal player about whom no one speaks. He is 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 is plenty of helium left in his upside.
It is tough to say how many other keepers are on the roster, although Taurean Prince and Omari Spellman both offer Golden State-style versatility at both ends. The fiscal books are mostly 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 from the coming years.
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juillet 19, 2019 - Non classé