Trae Young is coming off a stellar season at Oklahoma, where he averaged over 25 points per game. Young did show some struggles down the stretch, and will come into the NBA with keys to the offense for Atlanta. Young is expected to be a full blown starter, which will help his minutes. There are going to be some shooting struggles at times, but Young will likely offer up over 20 points per game type scoring on any given night. He also opens the door for some of the other offensive players given his shooting and ability to open things up.
John Collins averaged 10 points and 7 rebounds per game last season, and also had over one block per game. Collins made the NBA All-Rookie second team last season, and is expected to get a minutes increase. There is a lot of hype around Collins coming into this season, and Atlanta desperately needs a front court body to build around for the future. If Collins can stay on the court, as he struggled with fouls and injuries at times, the production and usage should be there for the young power forward. He will also split time at center at times.
Jeremy Lin has played just 37 games since the end of the 2015-2016 season, which has to be talked about heading into the year. Lin is heading into his 8th year, but also at the age of 30. Lin can still produce, and would be an excellent option next to Young at times. Lin would open the door for some strong backcourt lineups, but if he is unable to stay healthy, it does leave Atlanta with a bit of a question mark for depth. Lin was brought in as a veteran to help Young, which is the ultimate role for him in Atlanta’s eyes.
This is a team in full rebuild mode, and we have seen it with the tanking the last two seasons. They were able to land Trae Young, who they are hoping can be their centerpiece alongside what looks like now John Collins. The Hawks have a few role players like Kent Bazemore and Dewayne Dedmon, and they will struggle in the win column this year. They are in a rather weak division, and now a pretty pedestrian conference. If Atlanta can make a run against some of the up in the air teams, they would be an interesting bunch to surpass expectations.
Alex Len is a former top five pick, and is still at the age of 25. He is out of Phoenix where he struggled to gain any traction, and is now in Atlanta where they have a pretty thin front court. Len is expected to split with Dewayne Dedmon, which gives him an opportunity to get back on track. Len is an above average rebounder, and can put points up, which Dedmon is more known for his defense and rebounding. Len has more upside than Dedmon heading into the new season, and Atlanta will be focused more on the youth.