It is that time of the year, when media outlets begin to release their top-100 NBA player lists ahead of a new season. In Sports Illustrated’s Top 100, the Atlanta Hawks had five players featured ahead of the 2021-22 season. SI also released a ‘snub’ list, and Kevin Huerter made that cut, but not the Top 100.
Here’s a look at the guys who made it:
No. 64, Bogdan Bogdanovic, G/F
Bogdanovic is coming off of the hottest shooting stretch of his career, shooting 45.5 from three on high volume after Mar. 1.
No. 56, De’Andre Hunter, F
Hunter cracks SI’s Top 100 despite only playing a small portion of last season. Despite the small sample, the high-level two-way play he provided during that stretch was nearly enough for him to make the top-50.
No. 54, John Collins, F
Collins posted another strong season in 2020-21, earning a lucrative extension in the process. An improved defender, he finally earned the respect he deserves around the league with a very solid postseason.
No. 48, Clint Capela, C
One of the best defensive centers in the NBA, Capela was the key cog in transforming the Hawks’ defense from a bad to above average. He led the NBA in rebounding to boot, and battled with the likes of Joel Embiid, Giannis Antetokounmpo and Brook Lopez while remaining durable throughout a grueling postseason run.
No. 17, Trae Young, G
No surprise here that Young cracks the top-20. SI had him at 29 last season, and he proved he was a winner on top of being a superstar in the 2021 postseason.
The Hawks wound up with five of the top 64 players overall, and four of the top 56. That is a solid foundation considering Danilo Gallinari and Kevin Huerter are also guys who have an argument for the top-100, and Cam Reddish wouldn’t be far off either if he put things together as a 6’9 three-and-D stopper in his third season.
Look for more lists to keep pouring out, as ESPN has already began unfurling their top-100 players as well.