Hawks’ Trae Young named Eastern Conference Player of the Week

Atlanta Hawks guard Trae Young was named NBA Eastern Conference Player of the Week for games played Oct. 22-27, it was announced today.

The 6’2” guard became the first player in NBA history to compile at least 38 points, nine assists and seven rebounds in each of his team’s first two games of the season.

Young tallied 38 points (11-21 FGs, 6-10 3FGs, 10-12 FTs), nine assists, seven rebounds and one steal across 37 minutes in Atlanta’s 117-100 victory at Detroit on Oct. 24. He scored 26 points in the first 24 minutes of action, setting a new career-high for points in any half.

In Atlanta’s home opener on Oct. 26 vs. Orlando, Young led all players in scoring and assists, posting 39 points (16-25 FGs, 5-10 3FGs, 2-4 FTs) and nine helpers, while adding seven rebounds and two steals in 36 minutes. The Hawks defeated the Magic 103-99, improving to 2-0 for the first time since the 2016-17 season.

Young’s 77 total points through the first two games set a new Hawks franchise record, breaking the old mark of 75 set by Dominique Wilkins in the 1986-87 season. Young is the first NBA player to open a season with at least 38 points in the first two games since Anthony Davis in 2016-17.

Through two games, Young leads the NBA with 38.5 points per game, adding 9.0 assists, 7.0 rebounds and 1.5 steals on .587 FG% and .550 3FG%.

Young, a unanimous First Team All-Rookie selection in 2018-19, previously won Eastern Conference Player of the Week for games played March 18-24, 2019. The University of Oklahoma product became the first Hawks player to receive the Kia NBA Eastern Conference Rookie of the Month award four times, winning the honor in October/November, January, February and March/April last season.

Vince Carter returns to Hawks for 22nd season

The Atlanta Hawks have re-signed guard/forward Vince Carter, the team announced today. This will be Carter’s 22nd season in the NBA.

According to ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski, it’s a one-year deal.

The 42-year-old Carter appeared in 76 games (nine starts) last season for the Hawks, averaging 7.4 points, 2.6 rebounds and 1.1 assists in 17.5 minutes (.419 FG%, .389 3FG%, .712 FT%). Through 21 seasons in the NBA with the Hawks, Toronto, New Jersey, Orlando, Phoenix, Dallas, Memphis and Sacramento, the 6’6” Carter has compiled averages of 17.2 points, 4.4 rebounds, 3.2 assists and 1.0 steals in 30.7 minutes (.437 FG%, .374 3FG%, .798 FT%). He’s also seen action in 88 postseason games (66 starts), averaging 18.1 points, 5.4 rebounds, 3.4 assists and 1.1 steals in 34.5 minutes (.416 FG%, .338 3FG%, .796 FT%).

When Carter appears in his first regular season game in 2019-20, he will become the first player in NBA history to play in 22 seasons, and when he plays a game in 2020, will be the first player in league history to play in a game in four decades.

Following are Carter’s statistical rankings amongst active players, and in NBA history:

Statistical Category


Active Rank


All-Time Rank


Games Played




John Stockton (1,504)

Field Goals Made



LeBron James (11,838)


Moses Malone (9,435)

Minutes Played



LeBron James (46,235)


Robert Parish (45,704)

Three-Point Field Goals Made



Kyle Korver (2,351)


Jason Terry (2,282)




Carmelo Anthony (25,551)


Carmelo Anthony (25,551)




Trevor Ariza (1,515)


Julius Erving (1,508)

Free Throws Made



Dwight Howard (5,034)


Kevin Garnett (4,887)

Carter was the 1999 NBA Rookie of the Year, has been named All-NBA twice (second team in 2001 and third team in 2000), is an eight-time All-Star and finished in the Top 10 in scoring six times. He won the NBA’s Slam Dunk contest in 2000, and took home an Olympic gold medal that same year as part of the U.S. Men’s Basketball team in Sydney, Australia. He won the NBA’s Twyman-Stokes Award in 2015-16, recognizing the league’s ideal teammate who exemplifies selfless play and commitment and dedication to the team.

Hawks’ GM on Reddish: ‘He’s got great length, he’s a good athlete, so we’re very excited about him’

The Atlanta Hawks drafted Duke forward Cam Reddish 10th overall in the 2019 NBA Draft, also selecting Texas center Jaxson Hayes (8th overall) and Brazilian guard Marcos Louzada Silva (35th overall).

The 6’8 Reddish averaged 13.5 points, 3.7 rebounds and 1.6 steals in 36 appearances (35 starts) as a freshman for the Blue Devils in 2018-19. The Norristown, Pa. native scored in double figures on 23 occasions, including eight 20-point games, and led Duke with a .772 FT%. He was an honorable mention All-ACC selection, finishing ninth in the conference in steals per game. He earned a bronze medal at the 2017 FIBA U19 Men’s Basketball World Cup as a member of Team USA, averaging 10.7 points and 4.3 rebounds in seven contests.

“Cam’s a guy we’ve watched for years, all the way back through youth basketball coming up,” said Hawks General Manager and Head of Basketball Operations Travis Schlenk. “Cam’s one of those guys who’s extremely versatile. You’ve heard us talk about guys who can dribble, pass and shoot, he fits that bill. He’s also very good defensively. He’s got great length, he’s a good athlete, so we’re very excited about him.”

Hayes, a 6’11 early-entry candidate, averaged 10.0 points, 5.0 rebounds and 2.2 blocks (.728 FG%, .740 FT%) in 32 games (21 starts) for the Longhorns.

Louzada Silva, a 6’6 guard from Brazil, averaged 10.6 points on .496 FG%, .427 3FG% and .735 FT% in 48 games (13 starts) for Franca.

Hawks sign Tyler Zeller to 10-day contract

 The Atlanta Hawks signed center Tyler Zeller to a 10-day contract, the team announced today.

A six-year NBA veteran, Zeller has appeared in 406 career regular season contests (165 starts), averaging 7.0 points and 4.4 rebounds in 17.6 minutes (.508 FG%, .764 FT%) with Cleveland, Boston, Brooklyn and Milwaukee. He has participated in 25 postseason contests (seven starts) and has averaged 3.8 points and 2.6 rebounds in 10.9 minutes (.527 FG%, .739 FT%).

Selected by Dallas with the 17th overall pick of the 2012 NBA Draft, Zeller’s rights were traded to Cleveland on draft night, where he earned NBA All-Rookie second team honors in 2013.

Zeller played collegiately at North Carolina, where he capped his four-year career as ACC Player of the Year as well as a consensus second team All-American. He grew up in Washington, Indiana and was the state’s Mr. Basketball in 2008. Zeller’s brother, Cody, plays for the Charlotte Hornets, while his brother, Luke, played for the Phoenix Suns in 2012-13.

Hawks, Jeremy Lin agree to buyout; Lin expected to sign with Raptors

Atlanta Hawks waived G Jeremy Lin, the team announced on Monday. According to ESPN, Lin is expected to sign with the Raptors.

Lin could sign with the Raptors as soon as midweek, according to the report.

In 51 games (one start) with the Hawks, Lin, 30, averaged 10.7 points, 3.5 assists and 2.3 rebounds on .466 FG%, .333 3FG% and .845 FT% in 19.7 minutes per contest.

Hawks come back from 26 points to start the 4th Qtr to beat the Cavs in OT

The Atlanta Hawks were able to win in Cleveland on Friday without Paul Millsap, Dwight Howard, Kent Bazemore and Dennis Schroder. What they did today at Phillips Arena was even more improbable. Down 26 points to start the 4th quarter, the Hawks scored 44 points in quarter to take the game to OT, and ultimately win 126-125 in OT.

Paul Millsap hit a corner jumper at the buzzer to take the game into OT.  In OT, the Hawks were able to come back from a five-point deficit.

Kyrie Irving scored 45 points. LeBron James, who fouled out in OT, had a triple-double with 32 points, 16 rebs, and 10 asts. Millsap scored 22 points and Tim Hardaway Jr. added 21.

Cavaliers and Celtics are now tied for the top spot in the Eastern Conference.