The Resurgence of Kent Bazemore

Kent Bazemore
Atlanta Hawks’ Kent Bazemore reacts after the winning three-point basket during the second half of a NBA basketball game against the New York Knicks, Sunday, Feb. 4, 2018, in New York. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig)

This season has seen a big turnaround for Kent Bazemore.

Last year was the first year of Kent Bazemore’s 4 year, 70 million dollar contract. Unfortunately last year wasn’t a good year for Bazemore. He averaged only 11.0 points per game and quite frankly fans weren’t happy because he wasn’t playing up to his contract. Kent Bazemore received a lot of backlash for his play last year. We as fans weren’t happy and you can tell he wasn’t pleased with himself either. This year Bazemore has been playing like his old self, averaging 13.1 points per game, and has stepped it up big time on the defensive end by averaging 1.6 steals per game. He scored his career high against his former team the Golden State Warriors which was 29 points on March 2nd.

He also had a nice 20 points game against the New Orleans Pelicans along with the game winning basket on January 17th.

He had another game winner against the New York Knicks on February 4th. Along with his go-ahead basket with 6.7 seconds left he scored 19 points.

I mentioned his defensive efforts has improved this year as well, and on December 9th he had two clutch steals and baskets to seal the deal for Atlanta’s victory against the Orlando Magic.

His three point percentage has also improved this year. Last year his percentage was .346, this year it is .396.

Kent has been a big part of the leadership role in the Hawks locker room this year. Kent has the most NBA experience on this team and it has really shown this year. He has been the heart and the soul of the team and the 20 games we have won so far this year, Kent has played a huge part in it.

 

Ryan Thurman | @StrokeGame24

 

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Phil Veasley
Phil Veasley is a resident of Atlanta who has been a die-hard Hawks fan since 2005. He is Civil Engineer student at KSU. Currently, Phil writes for Atlanta Hawks Talk while also managing all ATLSportsHQ sites. He can be reached on Twitter at @_ATLPhil

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