Hawks’ 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 March 18-24, it was announced today. The first-year guard from the University of Oklahoma averaged 25.3 points and 11.3 assists in three games, leading the Hawks to a 2-1 record against foes who entered the contests with a combined .628 winning percentage, capped by a game-winning shot in a 129-127 victory over Philadelphia. 

Young compiled three straight games with at least 20 points and 10 assists, tied for the longest streak in the Eastern Conference this season. The six-foot-two point guard opened the week with his highest assist total of the stretch, handing out 12 helpers and scoring 21 points against Houston on March 19. On March 21, Young scored a team-high 23 points and recorded a game-high 11 assists in a 117-114 victory over Utah.

The No. 5 overall pick in the 2018 NBA Draft, Young totaled 32 points (11-20 FGs, 4-9 3FGs, 6-7 FTs), 11 assists, six boards and a block against the Sixers on March 23. Young sealed the victory with a game-winning floater with 0.1 seconds remaining on the clock. Young’s 32 points and 11 assists marked the fifth time this season he’s totaled at least 30 points and 10 assists in a game, tying him with Stephen Curry and Michael Jordan for the second-most such contests by a rookie in NBA history.

Young, who took home Kia NBA Eastern Conference Rookie of the Month honors for November, January and February, is the first rookie in either conference to win Player of the Week this season and the first Hawks player to win the award since Paul Millsap on April 11, 2016. 

Through 74 starts, Young is averaging 18.7 points, 7.9 assists (fourth in the NBA) and 3.6 rebounds this season. Young’s 583 total assists lead all Eastern Conference players this season (second in the NBA)

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Hawks sign Jaylen Adams to multi-year deal

The Atlanta Hawks Basketball Club has signed guard Jaylen Adams to a multi-year contract, the team announced today.

Adams, originally signed to a two-way contract by the Hawks on July 1, 2018, has played in 10 games with Atlanta, averaging 1.3 points in 4.5 minutes. In 19 starts with the Erie BayHawks of the NBA G League, he has averaged 15.8 points, 6.3 assists, 4.9 rebounds and 1.7 steals in 32.4 minutes.

Adams, a 6’2” guard, played four years at St. Bonaventure, and as a senior in 2017-18, averaged 19.1 points, 5.2 assists, 3.4 rebounds and 1.5 steals in 37.0 minutes (.438 FG%, .436 3FG%, .851 FT%). He was the Atlantic 10 Conference Co-Player of the Year and an AP Honorable Mention All-American last season. He was First Team All-Conference in each of his final three collegiate seasons.

Hawks announce update on Taurean Prince’s left ankle

Atlanta Hawks forward Taurean Prince sustained a left ankle injury during the fourth quarter of last night’s contest vs. Golden State.

A  MRI performed today at the Emory Sports Medicine Complex revealed a ligament sprain, bone bruise and associated soft tissue inflammation. He’ll be re-evaluated in approximately three weeks and his status will be updated as appropriate.

The second-year player is averaging 15.0 PPG, 2.3 APG, 4.0 RPG this season.

Hawks’ Trae Young named Eastern Conference Rookie of the month for October and November

Atlanta Hawks guard Trae Young was named the Kia NBA Eastern Conference Rookie of the Month for October and November, it was announced today.

Young led all first-year players in the East with 15.6 points and 7.6 assists per game during first two months of the season, compiling an NBA rookie-best seven point/assist double-doubles. The 6-2 point guard strung together three consecutive contests with at least 10 points and 10 assists from Nov. 1-6, becoming the first rookie with three straight point/assist doubles within his first 10 career games since John Wall in 2010.

In his third professional game, the University of Oklahoma product scored 35 points and dished out 11 assists in a 133-111 win at Cleveland on Oct. 21. The effort made Young the first player to record a 35-point/11-assist game within the first 10 contests of his career and paired him with Steph Curry (2/10/10) as the only rookies ever with 35 points, 11 assists and six 3FGM in a single game.

In a 123-118 victory over Miami on Nov. 3, Young became the first rookie in NBA history to total 24 points, 15 assists, six rebounds, two three-pointers and one block in a single game. On Nov. 19 against the LA Clippers, Young totaled 25 points and an NBA season-high 17 assists, becoming the first rookie since Jason Kidd (3/13/95) with at least 25 points and 17 helpers in a game.

Young currently ranks 7th in the NBA in assists, averaging 7.6 per game.

The Hawks host the Golden State Warriors tonight at 7:30 p.m. in the all-new State Farm Arena.

Report: Dwight Howard traded to Hornets

According to ESPN’s Marc J. Spears, the Hawks trade Dwight Howard and 31st pick in 2017 draft to Hornets for Miles Plumlee, Marco Belinelli, and the 41st pick in 2017 draft.

Howard, 31, is on the move again. Maybe the Hornets will be a great fit for him. Ironically enough, shortly before the trade was reported, Howard was doing a Q & A on Twitter about NBA trades. Talk about perfect timing!

Dwight Howard to shoot more threes?

Last summer, Hawks C Dwight Howard said he was reluctant to shoot jump shots during games because he was afraid to miss. However, this summer, it’s a whole different story. Howard told ESPN’s “The Jump” that he is looking to add a three-point shot to his repertoire.

Here is what Howard had to say:

Dwight Howard: ‘I came here(Atlanta) to win’

LeBron James went home, and won a championship in Cleveland. Dwight Howard went home, and the Hawks went out in the first-round.

“I didn’t come back here just to come back home. I came here to win,” Howard told reporters. Also, Howard was not happy with his role in Atlanta.

“I want to play. I want to be out on the floor. I want to make a difference. I want to make an impact, and I can’t do that on the bench.” Howard told reporters.

The 31-year-old Howard averaged only 8 ppg in the playoffs, and was not much a factor against the Wizards.

Howard signed a 3-year, 70.5 million dollar deal with the Hawks last summer. Atlanta might be stuck with him, so I guess they will have to make it work!

Cavaliers lose to the Atlanta Hawks’ 2nd string unit!

Not 1, not 2, not 3, not 4, but 5 starters missing for the Atlanta Hawks and they still win. The Hawks go into Cleveland and win 114-100.  Tim Hardaway Jr. led the way for the Hawks with 22 points.

Cleveland is playing for home court advantage in the Eastern Conference, and they still lay an egg!

When you don’t defend consistently in the NBA, you will have bad games like this. The Cavaliers are going to have to clean up their defense if they want to win another title. You thought after the Boston victory that the Cavaliers had turned the corner.

I guess we all thought wrong!

Is Dwight Howard a Hall of Famer?

Dwight Howard told ESPN that he believes he is a Hall of Famer.  

Is he right?  Good question. Let’s compare Dwight Howard’s resume to recent Hall of Famer Dikembe Mutombo.

Both are 8x All-Stars; Howard was first-team All-NBA five times, Dikembe none. Deke won the Defensive Player of the Year Award four times; Howard three times.  Also, Howard averages more points, rebounds, assists, and steals than Dikembe. Deke does average more blocks per game than Howard(2.8 to 2.0). Finally, if you do the eye test, Howard was a big reason why the Magic made it to the NBA finals in the 2008-09 NBA season. Deke made it to the NBA Finals in 2001 with 76ers, but that was Allen Iverson’s team. 

End of the day, forget how you feel about Dwight Howard. I know a lot of you hate him, but if Dikembe Mutombo is in the Hall of Fame, Dwight Howard belongs too!

Go here to see the comparison:

http://www.landofbasketball.com/player_comparison/dwight_howard_vs_dikembe_mutombo.htm