This is more of a fun report, but Chris Kirschner dropped an interesting nugget on Hawks fans today:
Last month, the returning Hawks gathered in L.A. for some secret pickup games.
From Reddish locking up KD, the first look at Capela, Trae’s leadership and leaving with a winning record. They left confident.
“It’s not going to be a cakewalk in Atlanta.”https://t.co/rmEuMEpBDU
— Chris Kirschner (@ChrisKirschner) December 18, 2020
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I’m excited about Cam Reddish’s potential, and I’ve said multiple times, he has some (Regular Season) Paul George to his game. You have to get excited about him D-ing up possibly the greatest scoring threat of all time, even in a pickup game. It’s even more crucial when you realize that Atlanta has 3 matchups with the Nets in their first 20 games. Reddish ended 2020 on a tear before the NBA’s hiatus, and he owned the first 3 months of 2020:
January: 11.9 PPG, 3.9 RPG, 1.4 APG, 15 STL, 8 BLK (41% FG & 40% 3P)
February: 13.4 PPG, 3 RPG, 1.3 APG, 10 STL, 6 BLK (44% FG & 35% 3P)
March: 17.5 PPG, 4 RPG, 1.3 APG, 5 STL, 2 BLK (55% FG & 48% 3P)
While March was only 4 games, the shutdown came at a terrible time. Cam was on fire. He’s gonna be special, and I think he can approach that 17.5 PPG mark either off the bench or potentially starting later on. We’ve seen Reddish nab a few steals in the preseason, so let’s hope his defensive prowess carries over and spreads to his teammates.