The 2017-18 version of the Atlanta Hawks went a dismal 24-58 but there were many good individual seasons.
While the Hawks had no All-Stars, several of our players had solid seasons. Bud’s ability to get the most out of anybody on the roster is remarkable (and will be missed greatly).
I pulled out my inner professor and graded each player’s performance over the course of the season.
Season Stats: 19.4 PPG 3.1 RPG 6.2 APG
Depending on who you ask, Dennis either had a good or bad season. For me, Dennis left me feeling a need for more. He didn’t have a “bad” season per say but with this roster you would have expected a bit more scoring. His shooting from beyond the 3-point line was awful and he looked disinterested at times running the offense. We haven’t even mentioned his defense which was among the worst in the league. With Schlenk showing that anyone is dispensable (even the coach), it is unclear whether or not Dennis will actually be our Point Guard of the future.
Grade: C+ (79.9, I’m that professor who won’t round)
Season Stats: 14.1 PPG 4.7 RPG 2.6 APG
Outside of a down stretch in January and into February, Tauren turned in a masterful season. Down the stretch, Bud pretty much ran the offense through him and he did not disappoint. Taurean posted 2 games of 38 points and a 33 point game. In order to truly reach the next level, Prince must work on his decision making and focus. We could be looking at a two-way star on our hands if Prince continues on this trajectory.
Season Stats: 12.9 PPG 3.8 RPG 3.5 APG
After a slow start, Baze put together a great stretch of ball from December until Feburary. Kent single-handily won several games for the Hawks in the 4th quarter (to the dismay of some Hawks fans). After suffering a season ending knee injury, Bazemore’s impact did not end. He then became the biggest cheerleader and assistant coach in the NBA. Leadership like Kent’s does not come around often and the Hawks are blessed to have a leader like him.
Season Stats: Season Stats: 10.7 PPG 4.7 RPG 1.9 APG
Damion Lee was perhaps one of the biggest surprises of the year. After going un-drafted in 2016 out of Louisville, Lee spent 2 seasons in the G-League. In just 15 games (11 starts) Lee scored in double figures 9 times. Damion showed great control and a good overall feel for the game on both ends. Hopefully, the Hawks can sign him this summer because he could be a solid rotational piece going forward. He needs to work on his 3 point shooting but with time that should come. Look to see him in Summer League.
Season Stats: Season Stats: 10.5 PPG 7.3 RPG 1.3 APG
Collins’ growth was great to watch through the duration of the season. Game by game he looked more comfortable and could be seen expanding his game on both ends of the floor. He’s more than just a dunker.
Season Stats: 10 PPG 7.9 RPG 1.5 APG
Dedmon gave his all on both ends of the court all season long. Under Coach Bud he was even able to develop a 3 point shot. Dewayne has a player option of 6 Million for next season that we will likely decline and seek a larger payday.
Season Stats: 7.6 PPG 4.3 RPG 1 APG
Moose lost a huge part of the season to a severe ankle injury. He closed out the year shooting really well. He faces a tough choice on whether or not to opt-out this summer. He’s owed 6 Million for next year if he stays with Atlanta.
Season Stats: 7.2 PPG 2.3 RPG 1.4 APG
Any time a second round pick is able to break the rotation, their season should be considered a success. Dorsey also has a good feeling for the game on both ends of the floor. His shooting percentage must improve if he’s to be part of a winning rotation.
Season Stats: 6.6 PPG 1.4 RPG 3.1 APG
Isaiah and Malcolm essentially played tug-of-war with the backup Point Guard spot for the majority of the season. IT has a knack for getting to the rack and plays solid D but his finishing and 3 point shot leave more to be desired.
Season Stats: 6.3 PPG 1.9 RPG 3 APG
After losing his spot in the rotation early in the season, Malcolm essentially forced Bud to play him by finally hitting the 3 at a decent clip. Delaney will likely be headed back to Europe next year if no NBA team picks him up.
Season Stats: 5.2 PPG 2.8 RPG 1.9 APG
Thankfully, Pierre was able to somewhat salvage his season in the last week. After countless injuries and even some off the court trouble DeAndre’ was able to turn in solid performances vs Boston and Philly (albeit while once again injured). I haven’t given up on Bembry so hopefully whatever coach is here next year gives him a chance to prove himself.
Season Stats: 4.3 PPG 4.1 RPG .8 APG
12.5 Million Dollars.
Season Stats: 4.7 PPG 3.3 RPG .7 APG
Season Stats: 4.7 PPG 2.7 RPG 1.2 APG
Andrew White III
Season Stats: 4.6 PPG 2.3 RPG .4 APG
Season Stats: 2.6 PPG 1.1 RPG 3.2 APG
Season Stats: 2 PPG 1 RPG 0 APG
Season Stats: 1.4 PPG .8 RPG .1 APG
Phil Veasley | @_ATLPhil
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