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Just how good is this young Hawks core?

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Re: Just how good is this young Hawks core? 

Post#21 » by graymule » Fri Oct 22, 2021 4:57 pm

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Deep, balanced attack, both on offense and defense. Not dependent on one super star but a united, team effort.
Question: Of the 14 Hawks who played last night, how many were old men by NBA standards?

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Re: Just how good is this young Hawks core? 

Post#22 » by tbhawksfan1 » Sat Oct 23, 2021 10:02 am

Dynasty good
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Re: Just how good is this young Hawks core? 

Post#23 » by Jamaaliver » Sun Oct 24, 2021 6:09 pm

Young Core Rankings

Who has the brightest future in the NBA? We ranked each team’s collection of under-25 players based on their projections through the next half-decade.

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1. Atlanta Hawks

Wins above replacement: 127.2
Best under-25 players: Trae Young (30.3), John Collins (23.0), Kevin Huerter (18.5)
Previous rankings: 4th, 9th

The Timberwolves haven’t won a playoff series since 2004, the Magic since 2010, the Grizzlies since 2015, and the Pelicans since 2018. Atlanta, meanwhile, lands the top spot fresh off a run to the conference finals.

The Hawks are wonderfully situated for both the present and future, not just with Young, the showstopper, or with Collins and Huerter—both recently extended—but with Onyeka Okongwu (13.2 WAR), De’Andre Hunter (13.0), and Cam Reddish (10.5) as well. That’s six different young Hawks with double-digit WAR projections through the next half-decade. They’d be in an enviable position even if they didn’t also have productive veterans like Clint Capela and Bogdan Bogdanovic.

The most pressing question for the franchise is whether it can afford to pay all the promising U25 wings when their entry-level contracts expire—but if they’re all worth extending at that time, then too many good players is a good problem to have. We have a new no. 1 young core and a new, potentially perennial contender in the East all in one.

2. New Orleans Pelicans

3. Minnesota Timberwolves

4. Memphis Grizzlies
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Re: Just how good is this young Hawks core? 

Post#24 » by Jamaaliver » Mon Nov 15, 2021 8:36 pm

Which NBA Teams Have the Best Young Cores Right Now?

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2. Atlanta Hawks

The Core: Trae Young (23), John Collins (24), De'Andre Hunter (23), Cam Reddish (22), Kevin Huerter (23), Jalen Johnson (19), Sharife Cooper (20), Onyeka Okongwu (20)

What's to Like?


Trae Young has been one of the most impactful offensive players in the league for over two years, the rare kind of orchestrator whose shooting and passing basically assure his team will score at elite rates whenever he's on the court. The Golden State Warriors, who happen to sport the NBA's best defensive rating, had to box-and-one him just last week.

Young must be accounted for the moment he crosses half court, is one of the top-five passers in the league and has already guided his team to a conference finals. He's the only player with at least 5,000 points and 1,900 assists since the start of the 2018-19 season.

John Collins is a legitimate $100 million big man, but he's embraced doing the little things. Meanwhile, De'Andre Hunter, Cam Reddish and Kevin Huerter give the Hawks three bites at the apple on the wing. Hunter is the most complete of the trio, and he was on a breakout trajectory before a knee injury last season. At worst, he's a two-way forward who'll belong on the floor at the end of postseason games.

Reddish has the highest upside, particularly on D, and Huerter is more than capable as a secondary playmaker with a sweet stroke that seems like it should go through the net more often.

Don't forget about Onyeka Okongwu, sidelined by a shoulder injury and stuck behind Clint Capela and Collins. He came off the board at No. 6 in 2020 because he projects as a switchable modern center.

Atlanta has a clear superstar and a bunch of quality starters with good chances to get better. There's depth here, and few teams have gone as far on the strength of their young talent as the Hawks have.

This is almost as good as it gets.

What's Not to Like?

Jalen Johnson and Sharife Cooper are lottery tickets and a long way from cracking such an established rotation, and if you're skeptical about the injury-hit 2020 playoffs, you might look sideways at the Hawks as conference finalists.

Off to a disappointing 5-9 start this season, Atlanta's youth isn't backing up what it accomplished a year ago.
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Re: Just how good is this young Hawks core? 

Post#25 » by shakes0 » Mon Nov 15, 2021 9:16 pm

Here is my one word breakdown of our young core:

Trae: Amazing
Collins: Fantastic
Hunter: Meh
Reddish: Stupid
Huerter: Soft
Onyeka: Maybe
Cooper: possible
JJ: intriguing
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Re: Just how good is this young Hawks core? 

Post#26 » by Jamaaliver » Wed Nov 24, 2021 4:29 pm

Richard Jefferson is late to the party.

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