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Atlanta Hawks

The Atlanta Hawks’ rebranding as the Golden State Warriors East is Before schedule.

As unfair as these Stephen Curry comparisons could have seemed, Trae Young’s volatile post-All-Star stretch shows why they were made. The 20-year-old sharpshooter has rocketed around 26.1 points and 9.0 assists per game since intermission when hitting 2.9 triples each night in a 41.4 percent clip. Then, there is fellow freshman Kevin Huerter performing a strikingly good impression of Curry’s sibling-in-splash, Klay Thompson. Since snagging a fulltime starting gig in late November, Huerter has tallied 11.2 points and 2.1 threes per game while shooting 39.6 percent out of distance. For contrast, the freshman edition of Thompson went for 12.5 points and 1.7 long-lived bombs while draining 41.4 percent outside. John Collins might not match the Warriors’ mold, however, the second-year major man might be the best player about whom nobody talks. He is one of just nine subscribers averaging at least 19 points and eight rebounds, along with his leap since a three-point shooter (0.9 threes each night on a 37.7 percent clip) shows there is plenty of helium left his upside. It is tough to say how a number of other keepers are on the roster, although Taurean Prince and Omari Spellman both provide Golden State-style versatility at both ends. The financial books are mostly clean, save for Kent Bazemore’s $19.3 million player option and Miles Plumlee’s $12.5 million salary for next year. The Hawks may also collect as many as three extra first-rounders from the next several years. Read more: