With the new NBA 2K20 releasing last week, it was in my line of duty to play my first game with the Hawks. As I was starstruck on how many options the team had this season, there was one thing that caught my attention: the Hawks wing position is loaded. De’Andre Hunter was the starter, and Cam Reddish came off the bench with Allen Crabbe and Jabari Parker following.
Don’t forget that DeAndre Bembry is on the team as well. And when the game ended, it came to my realization that Vince Carter and Chandler Parsons were never subbed in. Though the game is not a realistic representation of what could actually happen… there’s a good chance this could happen. Somebody will either be receiving garbage minutes, no minutes, or a couple DNP-CDs. This will be an interesting thing to keep an eye on as the season goes on.
Vince Carter and DeAndre Bembry will be the returning vets on the team. Bembry found himself with a much bigger role unlike other seasons where he was injured. Coach Pierce let him play freely, which allowed him to play at a fast pace and be everywhere on the court. His shot improved and his ability to get in the lane was a plus. He was also the team’s best defensive player, so on most nights he was guarding the other team’s best player.
Bembry’s skills are not that replaceable, and in this time it’s not easy to find a two-way guard like him. Pierce will definitely find some minutes for him with his improvements from last season.
Vince Carter is returning for his second season on the Hawks, and his 22nd in the NBA. Carter can still bring some skills on the court, and he has adapted his game to keep up. Carter was a solid three-point shooter on the team, and having that back will be greatly needed. Depending on how the team fares through the season, Pierce might elect to play the young guys most of the minutes at the wing.
Carter was also brought back on the team to provide a veteran presence for one of the youngest sqauds in the league. He was a big help to players last season such as Trae Young, and he’ll have more on his hands with three new rookies coming.
Jabari Parker, Allen Crabbe, and Chandler Parsons are some of the new wings on the team. Parker was a signing that caught most people off guard because of the depth already at the wing position. This signing was also following Omari Spellman being traded, which most likely means we’ll see Parker play some power forward. Allen Crabbe is a three-point specialist that the Hawks are going to love to have at the wing. If they need a shot, it wouldn’t be a surprise to see Crabbe on the floor.
Chandler Parsons is the one player out of the three newcomers that will be most difficult to assess. After having injuries pile up, Parsons is just looking to stay healthy and get a fresh start. He was a viable player before the injuries, and if he can somehow tap into his old self just a little, he can play an important part on this team.
The rookies are the players that have the possibility to see the least minutes out of all the wings, or they could see the most. De’Andre Hunter is projected to start at the forward position when the season begins. Hunter is a player that can shoot from the perimeter, and he can defend at a high level. It’s not for sure if Pierce will just throw him out in the fire on day one, or bring him along slowly like he did Kevin Huerter.
Cam Reddish is also a rookie that will play an important part on the team with his scoring ability. Pierce may decide to move him around different positions just because of the versatility he brings on the court. If the rookies play well to start the season, their spot will be solidified quick. If it takes them a while to get adjusted, expect the newcomers to soak up some of those minutes.
So, next time you’re playing with the Hawks on 2K, don’t forget about all the options you have at the wing position and all the different things they bring to the court. It may be overwhelming, but it’s a good problem to have.
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