It has not been the season most expected for the Atlanta Hawks, with injuries and a notable 25-game suspension plaguing the season to date. While the fan base is surely frustrated with the results so far this season, the core that is expected to elevate the franchise will hopefully be on the court for the rest of the 2019-20 campaign to showcase what lies ahead.
Despite the win-loss record, Trae Young and company have provided plenty of highlights for your enjoyment. Here are some of the best so far in 2019-20.
From the first half of the first preseason game, the highlights were already present:
Trae through the wickets. pic.twitter.com/trPjXxxKgy— FOX Sports: Hawks (@HawksOnFSSE) October 8, 2019
One can only wonder what could have been in store for the club if Young and John Collins were able to play the entire season together.
Young sends one of the NBA’s better defenders in Josh Richardson looking for answers the buries the three:
It’s been an up-and-down season for Cam Reddish, who got up here:
Reddish getting Bruno Fernando involved early in the season:
Young with a dart to Fernando:
Documents— Atlanta Hawks (@ATLHawks) November 6, 2019
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└ Dimes that make you go pic.twitter.com/6DMTcfDwJT
Young apparently did not get the memo about young players respecting veterans:
Note: Do not make Trae Young angry. pic.twitter.com/xr3Yj3dT9n— FOX Sports: Hawks (@HawksOnFSSE) November 6, 2019
Jabari Parker was a scoring machine when the Hawks needed him early in the season:
Hashtag court vision:
The game is underway, which means that Trae Young is already doing stuff. pic.twitter.com/pLgPkuebdv— FOX Sports: Hawks (@HawksOnFSSE) November 15, 2019
High on the list of places not to be during an NBA game, looking at Young coming down hill in the pick-and-roll:
Also near the top of said list, checking Young at halfcourt when he’s on the move:
Why is Trae Young the only one doing Nutmeg November? pic.twitter.com/gx6mE48MKX— FOX Sports: Hawks (@HawksOnFSSE) November 15, 2019
Alex Len with authority:
ALEX LEN HAS US FEELING AN ALL-CAPS SORT OF WAY pic.twitter.com/tz8LqUKi6t— FOX Sports: Hawks (@HawksOnFSSE) November 15, 2019
3 different angles for ya cause it was that g❄️❄️d pic.twitter.com/yZt9PtrNCS— Atlanta Hawks (@ATLHawks) November 17, 2019
The longest current tenured Hawk got UP for this one:
Trae putting one of the best perimeter defenders in the league on skates:
The Wolves got the full No. 11 experience in this game:
Hello and welcome to The Trae Young School of Dance. pic.twitter.com/WZUJyYYmv7— FOX Sports: Hawks (@HawksOnFSSE) November 26, 2019
Reddish showing off that court vision:
Cam Reddish is out here throwing loooooong alley oops. pic.twitter.com/zeSEeVEVBR— FOX Sports: Hawks (@HawksOnFSSE) November 28, 2019
The Hawks ultimately didn’t pull this one out, despite 49 points and clutch play down the stretch from Young:
Vince Carter forever forever forever forever forever forever forever. pic.twitter.com/uvUFYayhIV— FOX Sports: Hawks (@HawksOnFSSE) December 8, 2019
Damian Jones flying at the basket always has the same ending:
Dec. 23rd marked the return of Collins and he was active on both ends of the floor.
John Collins is back. pic.twitter.com/kz3KrVq8zk— FOX Sports: Hawks (@HawksOnFSSE) December 24, 2019
The first Young-Collins lob in a while was sweet:
Trae and John go together like peanut butter and jelly. pic.twitter.com/XQbg1rZ1zp— FOX Sports: Hawks (@HawksOnFSSE) December 24, 2019
Up-and-down first half for De’Andre Hunter, but the bright spots have definitely been present.
John gets a rebound.— FOX Sports: Hawks (@HawksOnFSSE) December 24, 2019
Trae makes a pass.
DE'ANDRE HUNTER GETS TO 21 POINTS WITH AUTHORITY pic.twitter.com/QStffVr7gN
Trae scheduled a fly-by. pic.twitter.com/KK3LMNqttG— FOX Sports: Hawks (@HawksOnFSSE) December 28, 2019
Bruno is strong:
Maybe the best all-around play of the season from Collins:
WE LOVE EVERYTHING ABOUT THIS. pic.twitter.com/Y8e7MrF29H— Atlanta Hawks (@ATLHawks) January 9, 2020
Never count the Hawks out with this guy running the offense:
DeAndre’ Bembry called for it and Young delivered it from 45 feet off his back foot on the money:
A wild Brandon Goodwin has appeared:
Goodwin and 1 mix tape from baseline. pic.twitter.com/hdA1jK3ZoV— Michael Gallagher (@MikeSGallagher) January 15, 2020
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The Hawks 9-32 first half record is obviously not what anyone anticipated coming into the season, but with all things considered, that record is deceiving at this point based on how they have played in the month of January.
Starting Jan. 3 with a 109-106 loss to the Celtics, Atlanta has been competitive for much of the month with close losses to the the Rockets and Nuggets as well. For good measure, the schedule lightens up considerably in February.
Collins is back and Huerter’s numbers are up across the board ever since the return of the third-year big man, all while Young continues to light up defenses on a next-to-nightly basis. All things are trending towards a significantly more competitive second half for the Atlanta Hawks.