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Atlanta Hawks’ 2021-22 preseason notes and roundup



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Young has been compared to players like Steph Curry, Damian Lillard and Steve Nash, but all three of those players entered the league in their 20’s and neither of those players had immediate control over their respective offenses.

Will the real Cam Reddish please stand up?

Anyone looking to use the preseason action to get a clearer projection of Reddish’s role and performance for this year probably left the proceedings with a muddied picture instead. Through two seasons, Reddish’s play has lagged the hype that follows the second year player out of Duke.

Reddish played the most minutes for the Hawks in this preseason, a clear attempt to establish some rhythm for the young wing. Collins will continue to be an elite screen and roll player on offense, but his defensive improvement last year has some – this writer included – wondering: could Collins be best utilized as a center in small ball lineups?

With teams going small and prioritizing versatility and spacing in crunch time lineups recently, Collins seems to fit the mold as a 5.

Add to the fact that second year big man Onyeka Okongwu won’t be ready to play by opening day, leaving the Hawks down a big man, and it isn’t inconceivable that Atlanta puts Collins in a similar role in spot minutes.

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