The Atlanta Hawks’ rebranding as the Golden State Warriors East is ahead of schedule.

As unfair as those Stephen Curry comparisons could have appeared, Trae Young’s explosive post-All-Star stretch shows why they were created. The 20-year-old sharpshooter has rocketed up to 26.1 points and 9.0 assists per game because intermission while hitting 2.9 triples per night at a 41.4 per clip.
Then, there is fellow freshman Kevin Huerter performing a strikingly good belief of Curry’s sibling-in-splash, Klay Thompson. Since snagging a full-time starting gig in late November, Huerter has tallied 11.2 points and 2.1 threes per game while shooting 39.6 percent out of distance. For comparison, the freshman version of Thompson went for 12.5 points and 1.7 long-range bombs while clearing 41.4 percent out.
John Collins might not fit the Warriors’ mold, but the second-year major man might be the best player about whom nobody talks. He’s one of just nine subscribers averaging at least 19 points and nine rebounds, along with his leap since a three-point shooter (0.9 threes each night on a 37.7 percent clip) shows there’s lots of helium left his upside.
It’s tough to say how a number of other keepers are on the roster, though Taurean Prince and Omari Spellman equally provide Golden State-style flexibility at both ends. The financial books are largely clean, save for Kent Bazemore’s $19.3 million player option and Miles Plumlee’s $12.5 million salary for next year. The Hawks could also amass as many as three extra first-rounders from the next several years.

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