The Atlanta Hawks season is less than a week away as the excitement surrounding the team continues to grow. That excitement is mainly centered around the potential of this young team led by Trae Young.
Trae Young is a dynamic player and will be the scoring leader for the Atlanta Hawks this season. His ability to create shot for his team or to hit a shot from halfcourt is going to help Atlanta win a lot of games.
However, no player can consistently win games without help. If the Hawks are going to become a surprise team in the East this season Young is going to have to have a second scorer emerge.
While many fans may point to John Collins as their second scorer Collins is the answer to this particular problem. Teams are going to harass Young at the end of games when the score is tight. He needs another player on the floor who can create and get his own shot.
While Collins is an impressive young player he isn’t going to put the ball on the floor and create a shot for himself. He is at his best when he is moving without the ball, catching lobs from Young as the pair often appears to be in perfect sync.
Collins is good at scoring in the paint, but for this team to truly take a step forward Young needs another option.
An option that can create a shot or put the ball on the floor. The Hawks hope this option will present itself in Cam Reddish or Kevin Huerter who have both shown some ability to create shots.
If there isn’t a consistent second scoring threat from Atlanta it is going to be a tough second season for Young. The League is now well aware of what he is capable of, meaning they will adjust and Young must have help to combat what defenses will throw at him.
This isn’t at all to say Young isn’t in line for another great season (which I believe to be the case) only that in crunch time if this team wants to be able to close games Young cannot be the only option.
Another player is going to have to step up and show they have the ability to get a clutch bucket. If that happens this Hawks team will be a playoff team once again.