Although the Atlanta Hawks are one of the bottom feeders of the league right now, their future is very bright.
First off, they have a young star in Trae Young. Young, who was drafted with the 5th overall pick in the 2018 NBA draft, was named an all-star starter this year and is one of the league’s leading scorers, averaging 29.6 points per game. Young is a great shooter with what seems like limitless range. In addition, he is also one of the league’s premier passers averaging 9.3 assists per game, which is second in the NBA.
To pair up with Young, the Hawks have a very talented big man in John Collins. Collins was taken with the 19th overall pick in the 2017 NBA draft and has proved that he was a steal, playing at a high level over the past two seasons. Collins is able to space the floor and is also an athletic finisher down low, catching lobs and finishing electrifying dunks.
The Young and Collins duo has been great for the Hawks, but that is not the full extent of their bright future. In the 2018 NBA draft, the Hawks took Guard Kevin Huerter with the 19th overall pick, and he has shown that he can be a knockdown shooter at the NBA level. In the 2019 NBA draft, the Hawks selected Forward De’Andre Hunter with the 4th overall pick, Forward Cam Reddish with the 10th overall pick, and Center Bruno Fernando with the 34th overall pick.
Hunter and Reddish have both had good rookie years and have shown why they were drafted so high. Hunter has the potential to be an elite defender who could guard the other team’s best player when asked to do so and be a solid perimeter shooter. Reddish has the potential to be a knockdown shooter and will be able to hold his own defensively. Fernando has been a decent rotational big and could eventually become a solid role player in Atlanta.
The Hawks traded for Center Clint Capela around the 2020 trade deadline. Capela has been in the league for six years, but is only 26 years old. The big man was solid in his time with the Rockets and will give the Hawks a rim protector down low.
After a poor 2019-20 NBA season, the Hawks will have decent lottery odds to get another promising player in the draft to add to their already impressive young core. The dynamic duo of Trae Young and John Collins, paired with some complementary young players, will propel the Hawks in the near future.