Trae Young and the Atlanta Hawks are off to a soaring 2-0 start. Trae Young is averaging an eye-popping 38.5 points, nine assist, and seven boards per game. Also, he is shooting 59 percent from the field and looks to avoid any sophomore slump symptoms that usually haunt 2nd-year players. However, he isn’t the only Hawk making noise early. Jabari Parker, that’s right, is out to a scorching start. He is averaging a very efficient 14 points per game in only 20 minutes of action. An impactful 20 minutes nonetheless. He has been a consistent scoring option when John Collins goes to the bench(see my Hawks preview). Simply put, he can score the ball inside and out, and that’s exactly what the Hawks need from him coming off the bench.
The rookies have each shown individual flashes of their potential through the first two games of the season. De’Andre Hunter has been the most consistent and trusted of the rookies so far. He has been very poised and confident with every move he’s made. As for Cam Reddish, his defensive versatility has been on full display. Cam has produced a plethora of defensive plays but has been used sparingly on offense. However, he was able to get a couple of floaters to drop on Saturday against the Magic, so hopefully, we’ll be able to see him be more aggressive moving forward. There isn’t much negative to say about Bruno except that he needs to work on his interior defense, but the same could be said for just about any rookie center.
Lastly, we shouldn’t forget about John Collins and Kevin Huerter. Collins is coming off of a hip strain, and Huerter had been dealing with some knee pain. Both are vital to this team’s success. Once Huerter gets his legs back up under him, he will provide the Hawks with another perimeter shooting threat. You can never have too many of those. Although Collins is averaging a respectable 13.5 points and 11 rebounds per game, he is expected to take the same step, no, the same leap towards stardom as Trae.
At 2-0, the Hawks should feel very confident and optimistic about this season and knowing how much more they can improve. Nevertheless, the Hawks will have to start putting all the pieces together quickly as they have what looks to be a more challenging schedule for the week. They have the 76ers at home. Then they play a home-and-home with Heat. Look for Collins and Cam to both have big nights this week. The Hawks can use this week to put the league on notice. They’re coming.
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