Following Atlanta’s thrilling 19-point 4th quarter comeback in the preseason finale, it’s safe to say that hype is at an all-time high. Here are the guys who stood out in the four preseason scrimmages:
Collins looks ready to go out and earn that max contract he desires, averaging about 13 & 8 and shooting 33% from three. Hopefully, he can pick up where he left off in 2020 when he was on a record pace for a big man. He posted 15 & 6 in the preseason finale against Memphis, and he looks ready to go.
One of the few Hawks to appear in all four games — Capela showed that his foot should not be a problem going into 2021. The Swedish big man averaged 10.5 boards per game and shot 55% from the floor. He blocked two shots against Memphis on December 17th, and Atlanta desperately needs his defensive presence up the middle.
Like Collins, Reddish had a big Sunday against Memphis and was a key part of Atlanta coming from behind to win. He posted 19 points and 5 rebounds, but he did his most impressive work on defense. In the three games Cam played, he had six steals. Mix that in with around a 15 PPG average while shooting 39% from three, and Reddish looks ready to pick up where he left off in 2020.
Red Velvet’s averages won’t really stand out on the stat sheet, and 33% from three isn’t where he needs to be in 2021. However, he exploded on Sunday, canning 4 of 6 three-pointers on his way to 16 points. With Bogdanović in town, Huerter could find a role as a valuable microwave scorer off the bench.
If there was a team MVP — it would go to Dre. Before Sunday’s action, he was shooting 56% from three on six attempts per game, which is absurd. His 18.3 PPG dipped down to 14.8 after going 0-5 from three, but Hunter’s preseason should give Hawks fans a lot of hope going forward that the #4 overall pick will take the “Lloyd Leap.”
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