With the Hawks rebuilding from the ground up, Isaiah Taylor was determined to be a play-maker with the Atlanta Hawks.
Prior to this season, Taylor had little experience playing in the NBA for the Houston Rockets. Previously, he had made bigger plays prior in the G-league.
The Hawks new system allowed for Taylor to fit in as a backup Point Guard for Dennis Schroder. When the time came to step up when Schroder and Malcolm Delaney were injured, Taylor was that guy. He had a career high against the Rockets scoring 12 points and 5 assists. Taylor utilized the skills he learned from the G-league’ Rio Grande Valley Vipers into action with the Atlanta Hawks this season. Taylor made important plays at the rim as well as shooting at a decent clip from the 3 point line.
Taylor unfortunately later suffered a retinal tear and was out for 5 games. Once returning Taylor got off to a slow start returning to form. He was averaging 4.3 points and playing only 14.7 minutes back in December. Taylor soon was seeing less time on the court in the upcoming months and even getting DNP-CD’s.
When it was time for Taylor to go back in, he was able to make another career high scoring 26 points and 3 assists against the Rockets. Most recently, Taylor made a key layup to secure the Hawks win against the Boston Celtics. Taylor ends the season with an average of 6.6 points per game, 3.1 assists, 1.4 rebounds, and shooting 41% from the field.
The future for Taylor in the NBA looks promising. He has only 1 year of experience playing professional basketball and needs time to develop. Taylor needs to become more confident with going for shots and working on his defense. He also must improve his finishing abilities at the rim. With his physical agility, Taylor has the potential to become better in the seasons to come.
Chelsea Toyer | @Coyerr
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