The Importance of Kent Bazemore

Kent Bazemore (Brett Davis: USA Today)

Ever since Atlanta Hawks guard Kent Bazemore received his big pay day people questioned,  Is he worth the money?

Following Bazemore’s first season under his new contract some fans had already given up on him.

However, Bazemore has managed to ignore negative energy and turns things around in the 2017-18 season.

Bazemore is having his best season of his career averaging 13.1 points 3.9 rebounds and 3.6 assists.

What stands out most is the consistency that he is playing with. Baze is shooting 42 percent from the field and around 40 percent from behind the 3-point line.

The consistent play is something Hawks fans have been looking for from Bazemore since his arrival to Atlanta.

However, a downside to this season is Bazemore has still struggled to take care of the ball averaging 2.5 turnovers per game, which, isn’t ideal but he is asked to handle the ball more in this season.

The Hawks find themselves in a rebuilding season, however the record doesn’t show how important Bazemore has been.

The Hawks are one of the youngest teams in the league and when you have a lot of young guys on the roster you need that guy who is a leader on the court and off the court and that is what Bazemore has been this year.

The Hawks have competed with mostly every team that has been put in front of them throughout the season and the competitive attitude could be credited to Bazemore’s leadership through this down year.

Bazemore has been known to be a spark plug during his career even dating back to his days in with the Golden State Warriors and that hasn’t slowed down at all as he continues to be that guy to start and run or get his teammates going.

Some fans have shown their opinion of wanting to find a new home for Bazemore in a trade but maybe him being on the team helps us in the long run.

Bazemore is a great locker room guy and it’s hard not to like him. He helps bring the Hawks together and keeps a positive vibe around the team.

Nothing was handed to Bazemore he had to grind to get where he is now. This is the kind of mindset teams should want their young players to have and he brings that to this young talent in Atlanta.

If he was traded could the Hawks even find something worth taking? His contract keeps him away from contending teams that could use Bazemore because teams can’t afford to take his contract for him to come off the bench.

Bazemore has shown plenty of times that he wants to be in Atlanta and he gives it his all on the court every game. He only has two-years left remaining on his contract following this year and won’t have a big cap hit. So maybe he is the right leader for the rebuilding group for a few more years.


Daric Clemens | @DClemens_

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