What can we expect from the young Hawks down the stretch?
The Atlanta Hawks have 24 games left. Of those, 13 are against teams with winning records. A lot of fans were thinking “tank” when the year started but the Hawks have shown more improvement in months than in years.
The Hawks are 19-39 and 8 games out of the 8th seed. They lost 4 out of their last 5 before the break and look to be struggling to find their backup Point Guard with Jeremy Lin released, but the Hawks show no quit and look to show toughness in every game.
A playoff seed is possible with the emergence of rookies Trae Young and Kevin Huerter and veterans like Kent Bazemore, Deandre Bembry and Vince Carter playing their roles.
None of the East’s bottom seeds are consistent so it wouldn’t be out of the ordinary for them to falter. The Hawks however are no different and it wouldn’t be surprising for the Hawks to finish where they are now as the 5th worst team in the league.
This Hawks season has been pretty fun so far. It’s fun to watch Trae Young’s flashy passes, John Collins powerful dunks and Kevin Huerter’s persistent 3’s.
The name of State Farm Arena may be new, but it looks like it is once again returning to The Highlight Factory we all knew and loved.
The Hawks have no pressure for the rest of this season. 15 of the 24 remaining Hawks games are at home, so it’s up to the fans to show up and show out.
That heart and growth the Hawks have keeps the fans coming back. Trae Young has gained some stardom this All Star weekend and will have more eyes on him.
I look for him to take control of this team and prove critics wrong about the Luka trade.
Kevin Huerter continues to be a steal averaging 9.3 points, 42 FG% and .39 3pt%.
John Collins also looks to be improving after his early season injury averaging 19 PPG and 9 RPG.
With this improvement, it’s hard to not see the Hawks record improving and we should all look forward to an exciting 2nd half of the season.