How do these Hawks picks compare to the Golden State Warriors?🤔
While the Atlanta Hawks’ 2018 draft was as much anticipated as any in recent years, it certainly played out in an unexpected fashion. The haul of Trae Young, Kevin Huerter, Omari Spellman and a future first round pick from Dallas is an abundance for a single NBA team on a single draft night. Still, the decisions that resulted in that haul seems to have understandably left some feeling a bit (or a lot) underwhelmed given the draft assets the Hawks had at their disposal last night.
Once the Hawks took Huerter with the No. 19 pick, it didn’t take long for the comparisons of Young and Huerter to Steph Curry and Klay Thompson of the Golden State Warriors to rise in the conversation. Of course, the parallels are more about role and style of play than talent level.
Between them, Curry and Thompson have made nine All-Star appearances, won two MVPs and are each three-time NBA champions with plenty of basketball still ahead of them. The Hawks would be thrilled to see any semblance of that type of success from Young and Huerter in the next five to ten years.
The impetus of the comparisons certainly are driven, at least in part, by the fact that Hawks’ general manager Travis Schlenk’s tenure with the Warriors coincided with Golden State’s rise. Schlenk’s reputation as a talent evaluator, cultivated in Oakland, helped land him the job with the Hawks.
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