The Hawks season is over, and it was a solid one for a rebuilding group. With not many expectations heading into the year, there was some uncertainty on how this team will play together.
As the season progressed, there were players that saw an increase in their role due to the impact they had in the game. That helped the Hawks second half stretch and made them a team that you should take serious on some nights.
Whether they were starting or coming off the bench, these players showed major improvement this season.
In Bembry’s third season, nobody could tell what he would be worth on the Hawks. He had shown glimpses of being good his first two years, but never got to fulfill it because of injuries.
Coach Pierce and his scheme helped Bembry out tremendously, and he played a major part in most of the games this season. He has been the player to bring a spark off the bench if the starters were struggling, and versatility allowed him to do many things on the court.
His offensive game improved, and his defense has always been an asset of his, and in Pierce’s book that helps you stay on the court for long periods.
Like Bembry, nobody knew what Huerter could do coming into this season. His was deep in the rotation when the season started, and he looked like he had the jitters at times.
It was further along during the season where we saw Huerter become more confident on both sides of the ball. He started to attack the paint more, take more threes, and sometimes guard the opposing team’s best player.
This type of play got Huerter into the starting lineup, and that helped his game elevate even more playing alongside Trae Young.
Alex Len was a signing in the offseason that many didn’t see coming, but it paid off in the long run. With Dedmon out early in the season, Len had to take over the starter duties, and he didn’t do a bad job.
The thing that helped him become so successful this year was his ability to shoot from the perimeter. It seemed as if his shot improved as the season went on, and he also received more minutes as well.
Len was a key contributor on the Hawks, and should have the same impact going into the season next year.