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Trae Young warns NBA, says Hawks will ‘surprise everybody’

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Atlanta Hawks point guard Trae Young has a message for the rest of the league: his team will surprise a lot of people this season, per The Undefeated.

Last season, the Hawks finished 12th in the Eastern Conference with a 29-53 record. Although they weren’t good enough to make the playoffs, some of their players have shown the potential to be a star in the NBA, and one of them is Young himself.

Young averaged 19.1 points, 3.7 rebounds, and 8.1 assists in 81 games for the Hawks. He also finished second in Rookie of the Year polls, trailing only the actual winner, Luka Doncic of the Dallas Mavericks.

Atlanta also has incoming third-year forward John Collins, who averaged 19.5 points and 9.8 boards last season. And now that both he and Young have had another year under their belts, they are ready to take the next step.

But Young and Collins aren’t the only ones that fans should look forward to this season, as the Hawks also have DeAndre Hunter and Cam Reddish, two of the top ten picks in this year’s NBA Draft. They both looked great in Summer League and the preseason, so expect them to see play a lot of minutes for Atlanta this year.

The Hawks are in the midst of a rebuild that already allowed them to acquire four promising young players. It might take some more time before they can be considered championship or even playoff contenders, but if Young and co. will continue to improve on the court, then the future is bright for the franchise.