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Peachtree Hoops 14 hours ago
Dominique Wilkins starts online dunk challenge for disability rights’ legal fund

Dominique Wilkins starts online dunk challenge for disability rights’ legal fund

Photo by Rocky Widner/NBAE via The Hall of Famer and Girl Dad is using his platform to create change. The greatest player in the history of the Atlanta Hawks is raising money for a large cause. On July 30, Dominique Wilkins, Kalin Bennett and KultureCity teamed up to start the Dunk and Donate Challenge. As of Aug. 10, the fundraising goal is $100,000. The money will go to create the Bennett Wilkins Legal Defense Fund, which will represent those with disabilities that have had their rights denied. “Unfortunately, money, gender, religion, status, race or disability, the rights of...
Soaring Down South 16 hours ago

Why the Atlanta Hawks Should and Shouldn’t Draft LaMelo Ball

Why the Atlanta Hawks should and shouldn’t select Lamelo Ball in the 2020 NBA Draft. The grand question of the Atlanta Hawks’ 2020 off-season is how the team should acquire Trae Young‘s backcourt companion of the future. With a top-ten draft pick, tradeable assets, and plenty of cap space, they have three outlets to find […] Why the Atlanta Hawks Should and Shouldn’t Draft LaMelo Ball - Soaring Down South - Soaring Down South - An Atlanta Hawks blog
Peachtree Hoops Aug 11, 2020
How the Hawks attack defenses that try to push Trae Young to his left

How the Hawks attack defenses that try to push Trae Young to his left

Photo by Todd Kirkland/ In recent days, I have been working on a series about how the first- and second-year core players for the Atlanta Hawks are suited for a roster being built around Trae Young. The subject seems relevant as conversation continues about the possibility of the Hawks using their young players and available cap space to capitalize on a so-called consolidation trade when the offseason eventually arrives. De’Andre Hunter can help Young when he is defended by the opposing team’s bigger wings. While Kevin Huerter can lift from, especially, from the left corner into...
Soaring Down South Aug 11, 2020

Why the Atlanta Hawks Should and Shouldn’t Draft Anthony Edwards

Why the Atlanta Hawks should (and shouldn’t) draft Anthony Edwards in the 2020 NBA Draft. The Atlanta Hawks are in a great position heading into the 2020 NBA Draft. With established young stars and cap space to add study vets, the player they draft with their first pick will be supplemental and not make-or-break the […] Why the Atlanta Hawks Should and Shouldn’t Draft Anthony Edwards - Soaring Down South - Soaring Down South - An Atlanta Hawks blog
Soaring Down South Aug 10, 2020

Trae Young Would Have Thrived in the Orlando Bubble

Why Trae Young would have thrived in the NBA Bubble in Orlando. Peanut butter and jelly. Chips and dip. David Schimmer and mediocre comedy. Trae Young and the NBA Bubble in Orlando. Somethings just go together well. Trae’s fit in the bubble is still an ‘on paper’ fit as the Atlanta Hawks weren’t invited to […] Trae Young Would Have Thrived in the Orlando Bubble - Soaring Down South - Soaring Down South - An Atlanta Hawks blog
Peachtree Hoops Aug 10, 2020
2020 NBA Draft scouting report: Skylar Mays

2020 NBA Draft scouting report: Skylar Mays

Photo by Sam Greenwood/ How far can winning with your brains truly take you? In advance of the 2020 NBA Draft, Peachtree Hoops is evaluating prospects with a look at what the Atlanta Hawks might be considering from now until the selection process occurs. Dozens of prospects will be profiled in this space and, in this edition, we break down the play of LSU guard Skylar Mays. Skylar Mays was mostly a complementary player in his first three seasons, playing alongside the likes of future NBA players Naz Reid and Tremont Waters at LSU. However, he exploded onto the national map on the...
Soaring Down South Aug 9, 2020

Who Are the Most Clutch Players on the Atlanta Hawks?

Looking at clutch stats for the 2019-2020 Atlanta Hawks season. Despite winning just 20 games last season, the Atlanta Hawks were able to make things interesting down the stretch in a handful of games. The NBA tracks clutch situations, defining those games as contests wherein the two teams are within five points of each other […] Who Are the Most Clutch Players on the Atlanta Hawks? - Soaring Down South - Soaring Down South - An Atlanta Hawks blog
Peachtree Hoops Aug 8, 2020
NBPA reportedly has ‘no interest’ in non-bubble teams heading to Orlando

NBPA reportedly has ‘no interest’ in non-bubble teams heading to Orlando

Photo by Joe Murphy/NBAE via Most of the attention of the basketball world is trained on the Walt Disney World bubble, with 22 NBA teams jockeying for position in advance of the 2020 NBA Playoffs. However, the Atlanta Hawks — along with seven other teams in the league — aren’t involved in the proceedings and, as a result, consternation exists with regard to the next steps for those non-bubble franchises. This week, Sam Amick of The Athletic first reported a “growing belief” that the idea of a second bubble site would not materialize, and even citing “pessimism” about...
Peachtree Hoops Aug 7, 2020
NBA reportedly ‘exploring’ potential for non-bubble teams to enter Disney campus after teams are eliminated

NBA reportedly ‘exploring’ potential for non-bubble teams to enter Disney campus after teams are eliminated

Photo by Joe Murphy/NBAE via Just three days after “pessimism” loomed over the potential for off-season activities, a new report provides a ray of Orlando sunshine for the Atlanta Hawks and the rest of the “Delete Eight.” Sam Amick of The Athletic, who earlier reported a “growing belief” that a second bubble scenario would not come to fruition, brings word that “NBA officials made it clear during a Wednesday call with governors that they are still trying to find a solution” for the non-bubble teams. To that end, one such exploration reportedly includes a trip... to the...
Peachtree Hoops Aug 7, 2020
2020 NBA Draft scouting report: Theo Maledon (Part 1)

2020 NBA Draft scouting report: Theo Maledon (Part 1)

Photo by Ivan Korzhenevskiy/Euroleague Basketball via The young Frenchman has shown maturity beyond his years. Luka Doncic. That name will obviously strike a chord with Atlanta Hawks fans, but it has meaning here, I promise. Doncic is the only player in the last decade who has started the majority of games in the Euroleague as an 18 year old. Theo Maledon has now entered that same conversation. After turning 19 years old in June, French guard Theo Maledon is throwing his hat into the NBA Draft ring after spending the last three seasons with ASVEL Lyon — partly owned by Tony Parker...
Peachtree Hoops Aug 6, 2020
One important reason Huerter is a key to building around Young

One important reason Huerter is a key to building around Young

Photo by Scott Cunningham/NBAE via Continuing a series. With the NBA Draft Lottery approaching and some discussion picking up regarding potential consolidation trade scenarios involving the Atlanta Hawks, I am taking a look at some of the specific ways that De’Andre Hunter, Kevin Huerter and Cam Reddish fit on a roster with Trae Young as the centerpiece. While Hunter has the size to punish cross matches when opposing teams defend Young with a bigger wing defender, Huerter brings different skills to the roster building formula. Before we dig in to some of his core value to Atlanta’s...
Peachtree Hoops Aug 5, 2020
Bubble observations: Bucks use favorite Hawks play design in crunch time

Bubble observations: Bucks use favorite Hawks play design in crunch time

Photo by Scott Cunningham/NBAE via On Tuesday afternoon, the Brooklyn Nets and the Milwaukee Bucks took the floor in the early game in the NBA’s Orlando bubble. In addition to the afternoon time slot, this was not a normal game from a roster standpoint. To be fair, none of Brooklyn’s game right now qualify as normal without Kyrie Irving and Spencer Dinwiddie (not to mention no Kevin Durant), but Bucks head coach (and former Hawks head coach) Mike Budenholzer decided to not play a number of his best players down the stretch. Finally, Brooklyn elected to sit three healthy starters...
Peachtree Hoops Aug 4, 2020
Report: NBA teams omitted from Orlando have ‘growing belief’ that second bubble won’t happen

Report: NBA teams omitted from Orlando have ‘growing belief’ that second bubble won’t happen

Brett Davis-USA TODAY Sports Not the most optimistic news for Hawks basketball this summer. Since the very beginning of the NBA’s hiatus, Atlanta Hawks leadership was clear in a desire to participate in league-sanctioned activities this summer. While the No. 1 preference was a golden ticket to Orlando as part of the league’s “bubble” restart, that wasn’t in the cards and, when reporting emerged in early July that the Hawks could be part of a gathering alongside other non-bubble teams, Sarah Spencer of the AJC cited a source saying that the Hawks “would be supportive of their...
Peachtree Hoops Aug 4, 2020
2020 NBA Draft scouting report: Tyler Bey

2020 NBA Draft scouting report: Tyler Bey

Photo by Leon Bennett/ In advance of the 2020 NBA Draft, Peachtree Hoops is evaluating prospects with a look at what the Atlanta Hawks might be considering from now until the selection process occurs. Dozens of prospects will be profiled in this space and, today, we break down Colorado forward Tyler Bey. Tyler Bey built an impressive collegiate resume in his three years at the University of Colorado. Following the 2018-19 season, he was named the Most Improved Player in the Pac-12 after demonstrating a lot of growth as an offensive player. In 2019-20, he followed that up by winning the...
Peachtree Hoops Aug 3, 2020
Shareef Abdur-Rahim reflects on meeting Muhammad Ali at All-Star Weekend in letter

Shareef Abdur-Rahim reflects on meeting Muhammad Ali at All-Star Weekend in letter

The former Hawks’ All-Star compares a lesson he learned from The Greatest to the solution of improving the modern landscape of America. Shareef Abdur-Rahim is arguably the most under-appreciated Hawk in the last 20 years. Perhaps it’s due to playing for the franchise in the dreadful early 2000s era, or being a centerpiece of the failed 2003 playoff guarantee. Offensively, however, he was as consistent as consistent comes. Until Feb. 20, Abdur-Rahim was last Hawk to score 50 points in a game. He reached the mark on Nov. 23, 2001 in a comeback home victory against the Detroit Pistons....

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