The Atlanta Hawks are arguably one of the most exciting young teams in the NBA. Led by Trae Young and John Collins, it’s not hard to picture a bright future for Georgia basketball.
That being said, they are not complete. Kevin Huerter, Amari Spellman rounded out their young core last season. Despite not being reflected on their record, Atlanta provided plenty of headaches for visiting teams and played hard each time they laced up their shoes.
Originally, I thought that Malcolm Brogdon on the Atlanta roster would be a perfect fit alongside Trae Young running the point, but now with Cam Reddish and De’Andre Hunter in the mix as well, Atlanta aren’t in any need for guard talent in the upcoming free agency. A strong presence at the 5-spot would really solidify the Hawks as a very respectable squad in the East.
Kevon Looney would slot into the Hawks’ roster seamlessly. After a playoff series to remember, Looney’s stock has never been higher. Despite averages of 6.3 rebounds and 5.2 boards, Looney’s presence on the court is not something to be understated. Despite his semi-outdated playing style (i.e. lack of a jumpshot), Looney’s touch around the rim allowed his FG% to be above 62%.
His ability to run rim-to-rim and his ability to alter shots on the defensive end showed that he was able to be productive on the court while sharing the hardwood with the likes of Steph, Klay and Draymond.
Looney will have many courters this offseason. One of the rare products of the Golden State offensive system that isn’t focused around slinging 30-footers, with his winning pedigree and playoff experience, Looney would be invaluable for such a young and rising roster.
Atlanta has shown that it is keen to start a free-flowing offence centred around Trae Young and John Collins. Plenty of threes is definitely on the cards for Atlanta in this upcoming season and one player who can improve the frontcourt and fit right in to the Hawks’ system is Julius Randle.
Coming off his best season to date, Randle has great rebounding abilities and a much-improved jump shot. Pairing him with Collins would not only give Atlanta another young piece to build their team around, but would also increase the flexibility of the line-up.
As the league trends towards smaller line-ups dominated by jump shooting and lay-ups, Randle would be a great fit for the young Hawks and models the style of play that Atlanta is trying to achieve.
No matter who they target this offseason, Atlanta are in the driver seat here.