The Atlanta Hawks’ rebranding as the Golden State Warriors East is ahead of schedule.
As unfair as those Stephen Curry comparisons may have appeared, Trae Young’s explosive post-All-Star stretch demonstrates why they were created. The 20-year-old sharpshooter has rocketed around 26.1 points and 9.0 assists per game since intermission while hitting 2.9 triples per night in a 41.4 per clip.
Afterward, there’s fellow freshman Kevin Huerter performing a good belief of Curry’s sibling-in-splash, Klay Thompson. Since snagging a full-time beginning gig in late November, Huerter has tallied 11.2 points and 2.1 threes per game while shooting 39.6 percent out of distance. For comparison, the freshman version of Thompson went for 12.5 points and 1.7 long-range bombs while clearing 41.4 percent outside.
John Collins might not fit the Warriors’ mould, however, the second-year big man may be the ideal player about whom no one talks. He’s one of just nine subscribers averaging at least 19 points and eight rebounds, along with his leap since a three-point shooter (0.9 threes each night on a 37.7 percent clip) reveals there is plenty of helium left his upside.
It’s tough to say how many other keepers are on the roster, though Taurean Prince and Omari Spellman both offer Golden State-style versatility at either ends. The fiscal books are largely clean, save for Kent Bazemore’s $19.3 million player option and Miles Plumlee’s $12.5 million salary for next season. The Hawks could also amass as many as three additional first-rounders from the coming years.
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