Kent Bazemore had his most successful season as an Atlanta Hawk since signing his new contract.
Coming into the season, Bazemore needed to prove he was worth his contract after having a down year in 2016-2017. He certainly stepped up to the challenge; being the veteran in the locker room filled with 2nd year players or rookies. He did just that by setting a career high in point at 12.9, 3rd highest on the team behind Schröder and Prince! Although the Hawks were in a rebuild mindset, Bazemore wanted to win including hitting 2 game winners, one against the Pelicans.
He also hit a game winner against the Knicks.
Kent’s best game was arguable against the Warriors in Atlanta. Baze dropped a career high 29 points in a 114-109 loss. At the end of the season he set the record straight that they never went out and lost on purpose. Even during the season Bazemore was very critical of fans during the season about the fanbase wanting to lose on purpose. He and other teammates went to Twitter to set the record straight that none of them went out and lost on purpose.
Some of these teams got top picks because they were just plain terrible! We lost a ton of games due to inexperience. And its great to see my guys go in hostile territories and beat the teams that stand in front of us. We don’t lace up to lose. Not in Atlanta.
— Baze (@24Bazemore) April 9, 2018
I expect Kent to top his numbers he had sent this season next year with him and Prince being the main scorers depending on what we do draft night. People will always complain about his contract but he deserves everything he’s being paid by being the key defensive anchor on the Hawks now. He also brings the energy to every game. Also, due to the fact the salary cap has risen the contract is not as bad as some people claim. Next season we need to appreciate Baze and the Hawks as we have chance to get out of the Eastern Conference basement.
Ryan Miller @_RMiller30
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