Atlanta Hawks: Young Core Working Well Together

ATLANTA, GA - NOVEMBER 06: John Collins
ATLANTA, GA - NOVEMBER 06: John Collins /

The Atlanta Hawks are sitting at 2-9 on the season after falling to the Boston Celtics. While it may be an ugly start the Hawks young core are working well together and still could crawl back into the East race.

The Atlanta Hawks start has been ugly so far to say the least. A 2-9 record may leave Hawks fans with few kind things to say about their team.  Last night’s loss to the Boston Celtics was a great example of what this team can do well however.

Atlanta played a great game against the best team in the East right now in the Boston Celtics. The difference in this game was Kyrie Irving. Irving is proving to be the offensive force he has been even without Lebron James.

After beating the aforementioned James on the road the Hawks came into this game with momentum and played tough until the last buzzer. The Hawks have assembled an exciting young core that is going to in time bring Atlanta back to contention in the playoffs.

John Collins the Hawks rookie big man is exciting to watch slamming the ball home with regularity and his defense seems to be improving on a nightly basis. No doubt this next off-season the weight room will be of great benefit to Collins as he continues to transform into a very good player and a part of the Hawks future.

Apart from Collins the Hawks have two point guards that have looked great so far this season and an improving young player in Taurean Prince. The one problem that became obvious in the game against the Celtics and in most games this year is that Kent Bazemore doesn’t fit this team anymore.

Baze has been in Atlanta for some time and provided great minutes from the bench in his career. That value is quickly plummeting with Bazmore taking shots that he has no business attempting and attacking the basket randomly without a good lane.

If there are two things to be learned in the Hawks first eleven games of the season it is that they have a young exciting core that will help make this team worth watching and that Kent Bazemore needs to be moved from Atlanta.

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The Hawks will have three rest days before taking on the Pistons on the road Friday where they will look to win their third game on the young season.