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Ranking Each NBA Team’s Prospect Cores for 2019-20, Part 4

Our rankings of each team’s young prospects conclude with teams 1-5. Remember, we only consider players entering their third season or younger. Players with a proven NBA track record are weighted quite heavily along with those who have strong collegiate production. While some rankings might seem surprising on the surface, this list’s criteria are weighted…

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Can Trae Young Keep Atlanta Hawks Afloat Through John Collins’ Suspension?

Tuesday brought both great and awful news for the Atlanta Hawks. On one hand, second-year guard Trae Young returned from the ankle sprain he suffered against the Miami Heat last week to guide Atlanta to an upset win over the San Antonio Spurs. He finished with a game-high 29 points on 10-of-23 shooting, 13 assists…

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2019-20 NBA Season Preview: Southeast Division

The 2019-20 NBA season is just around the corner. After an offseason chock-full of player movement, the title race appears as wide-open as it has been in years. Over the coming weeks, we will examine one big question hanging over each team heading into the season. We’ll continue today with the Southeast Division, where two…

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PODCAST: 2019-20 NBA Southeast Division Season Preview

In this episode of The NBA Podcast, Morten Jensen (@msjnba), Bryan Toporek (@btoporek) and special guest Jeff Siegel (@jgsiegel) of Peachtree Hoops and Early Bird Rights preview the Southeast Division ahead of the 2019-20 NBA season. Could the Atlanta Hawks make the playoffs this year? Are the Orlando Magic the favorites in the division? How…

Will Atlanta Hawks’ ‘Warriors East’ Approach Work?

When the Atlanta Hawks transitioned from the Mike Budenholzer era to the Lloyd Pierce era in 2018, general manager Travis Schlenk began to shape the franchise in the likeness of his former team: the 2015-2019 Western Conference juggernaut Golden State Warriors. Many view the hiring of Pierce and the acquisition of Trae Young, Kevin Huerter,…

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Atlanta Hawks Are Sleeping Giant in the East

Armed with an impressive young core, multiple first-round picks in this year’s draft, gobs of salary-cap space and no onerous long-term contracts, the Atlanta Hawks have the ingredients to become an Eastern Conference powerhouse in the coming years. Likely Rookie of the Year runner-up Trae Young started his NBA career off slowly, but he finished…

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NBA Players Who Remade Themselves This Season

Progress isn’t always linear. Some players opt for refinement, turning their good skills into great ones. For example, Dwyane Wade never bothered to develop a three-ball. Instead, he focused on becoming an elite 20-feet-and-in scorer. He seemingly added something new to that bag of tricks each season. His craft in the mid-range area is a…

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Trae Young’s Not the Only Atlanta Hawks Rookie Turning Heads

The 2018 draft class is turning out to be a doozy. Luka Doncic and Trae Young are setting the world on fire, while DeAndre Ayton, Jaren Jackson Jr. and Marvin Bagley III have quietly turned in strong performances. Lottery picks Shai Gilgeous-Alexander, Kevin Knox, Mikal Bridges and Wendell Carter Jr. all showed enough upside to…

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