A first round draft pick, selected 12th overall, rookie Taurean Prince is making strides towards being the player the Atlanta Hawks need him to be. What is that exactly and how high of a ceiling does he have?
With a few untimely injuries of late, Atlanta Hawks forward and the former Baylor Bear, Taurean Prince has seized his opportunity and ran with it.
After just completing an extraordinarily impressive performance in what was the rookie’s 6th start of the season, Prince has shown he is capable of stepping up when his number is called upon. In 41 impactful minutes of the Hawks 123-116 victory over the Celtics, he posted 20 points, 7 rebounds, and 4 assists.
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He scored Atlanta’s first seven points of the game. First, he got the Hawks on the board with a deep ball to match an Isaiah Thomas triple, then he scored on a pair of aggressive drives towards the rim.
The second of which was a skillfully placed bank shot he created with a hop-step before fading away and scoring over the outstretched arms of his defender.
Prince has really started to build his case for winning the job of starting small forward going into next season. He has also provided coach Bud with a dilemma concerning who deserves the lion’s share of minutes along the perimeter for this year’s remaining games.
As Budenholzer has been forced to maintain through recent injuries to starters Kent Bazemore and Thabo Sefolosha, Prince was afforded a significant chance to show how he is progressing as an NBA prospect. He started to earn the trust of Budenholzer, by dominating D-League games, such as this 27 point outing.