The Atlanta Hawks played their last preseason game heading into opening night on Oct. 17. Here are some takeaways from the game on Oct. 12.
Alex Len filling in nice at center
Alex Len was probably the best Hawks player on the floor in the first half. He was getting some nice looks in the paint and hit both of his 3-point attempts. The Hawks have seemed to rejuvenate Len’s career after a not so nice stint with the Phoenix Suns. If he can continue to build chemistry with Trae Young, that could be a solid guard-center combo. Depending on how Dewayne Dedmon looks when he returns from his injury, Len may be the Hawks center going forward for a while.
Jeremy Lin improving
Jeremy Lin started the preseason slowly but has improved in every game so far. He had a nice showing against the San Antonio Spurs, and he followed that up with another one against the Miami Heat. He’ll be a nice option coming off the bench for the Hawks as they try to get some consistent scoring from the second unit. These games have helped him get his legs back as he hasn’t played in almost a year.
Starters look ready
The lineup that should be opening the season looks nice so far. The offense is free flowing and full of movement, and the overall defense looks good as well. Young’s passing will help this team big time get open shots through the game. Taurean Prince has been impressive so far and ready to take a big leap this season. Kent Bazemore has also done a good job. Whenever John Collins returns he should bring another dynamic to the team. This will definitely be an exciting season for the Hawks.
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