After an exciting start to the season at 2-0, the Hawks have lost six of their last seven games. After back to back years of being spoiled by significant rookie success, the new crop of rookies has been giving the city of Atlanta a huge reality check. Cam Reddish has been the biggest underachiever of them all, and after only nine games, it may be time for a change.
Look In The Mirror
To start the season, Cam Reddish is averaging 5.6 points and 4 rebounds per game. He shooting a disastrous 24 percent from the field and 21 percent from three-point land. That’s tough. Coming in as the 10th overall pick in the draft, not only did the Hawks expect big things from him, but basketball fans, in general, expected him to be impactful. In the Hawk’s latest loss to the Blazers, Cam came off the bench and only played 16 minutes. After notching zero points in the game, I thought maybe he could use a reality check. Cam’s reality check would be for him to spend some time in the G-League. It pained me to write that sentence, but maybe it could be for his own good. He hasn’t shot the ball well and has looked out of sorts when trusted to be a playmaker. The idea shouldn’t be off the table. He’d be able to build confidence and find his rhythm. The last thing any team should want is their lottery pick playing on a team that’s not winning AND he’s not producing. I don’t know many young players that have bounced back from that scenario.
Oh, I’m not done here. Kevin Huerter may need to look in the mirror as well. I won’t be as hard on him because he is just not getting back into basketball shape. In spite of that, he needs to begin to take his game to the next level as a legit shot creator and not just a shot-maker. Trae and the Hawks can desperately use another playmaker.
The road doesn’t get easier for the Hawks. This week as they take on, the Nuggets, Suns, Clippers, and Lakers on this west coast trip. The Hawks have been visibly struggling without star forward, John Collins, but Jabari Parker has stepped up significantly. Parker and Trae will look to lead the Hawks on this road trip and maybe, just maybe, one of the Hawks’ other “impact” players will prove to be…… impactful.