Hawks’ Trae Young, John Collins expected to have a minutes bump, De’Andre Hunter, Cam Reddish will also see plenty of playing time
The Atlanta Hawks are embracing full rebuild next season, and they are expected to fully utilize their young core. Trae Young and John Collins have already played vital roles last season, and they will have bigger shoes to fill moving forward as they are set to become the leaders of the team. Meanwhile, rookies De’Andre Hunter and Cam Reddish are set to log a lot of minutes heading into their first year in the NBA, as they will need all the experience they can get in order to be familiar with how the game is being played in the pros. This is according to general manager Travis Schlenk’s interview with Atlanta News Now’s Chris Vivlamore.
“That will start when we get everyone back healthy and in September. The coaching staff will sit down and figure out what the rotation is going to look like. Lloyd (Pierce) understands that we need to get these guys minutes. Last year, Trae and John (Collins) played about 30 minutes. They are probably going to play 35 minutes this year as they continue to grow. De’Andre (Hunter) is obviously going to play a lot of minutes. Cam (Reddish) we are going to play a lot.”
The Hawks had one of the worst records in the league last season, but they had a promising young tandem in Young and Collins. They also drafted Hunter and Reddish this year, which makes them a pretty intriguing team to watch next season. The addition of Jabari Parker, who’s still just 24 years old, will definitely make them a better team. It is unclear if they will be good enough to make the playoffs, but if you’ll ask Schlenk, he believes that the team is in a pretty good position from here and beyond.