Rebuilding Hawks one star away
The Hawks deserve Zion Williamson, namely because they have gone about their rebuild with credibility.
They have a commitment to their young players on and off the court, giving them great player development instruction and veterans (we see you Vince Carter) to guide them through the early stretch of their NBA careers.
Williamson would be a perfect fit amid a rebuild that is headed in the right direction with a star-inthe-making in rookie point guard Trae Young and second-year forward John Collins, who averages 20 points and 10 rebounds.
Add Williamson’s unique and elite skill set to the mix and the Hawks would accelerate their rise in the Eastern Conference with the potential to become conference contenders.
Let’s start in the front office with general manager Travis Schlenk and his staff. Schlenk, instrumental as an assistant GM in Golden State’s emergence, has proved himself adept at drafting and finding players who can contribute.
And don’t forget, the Hawks have cap space, so if they get the No. 1 pick and another lottery pick, they have a chance to lure players who would want to play with Young, Collins and Williamson.
Also, Schlenk deserves credit for hiring coach Lloyd Pierce, who made his name as a player development coach. And give Pierce props for hiring assistants and player development coaches dedicated to making players better.
Williamson would be the recipient of that player development instruction and he would make incredible strides in his game quickly. Just look at Young now compared to Young at the start of the season. The work is obvious.
If you watch the Hawks, you can see the results. Forget the record. Look at individual development.
Without question, the Hawks with Williamson would be one of the most fun and exciting teams to watch.