The 8 Best Players on the Atlanta Hawks Right Now

Taurean Prince #12 of the Atlanta Hawks (Photo by Robert Laberge/Getty Images)
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Atlanta Hawks Trae Young
Trae Young #11 of the Atlanta Hawks (Photo by Brian Babineau/NBAE via Getty Images) /

7 — Trae Young

Even though it is clear that Trae Young will be the most important player going forward for the Atlanta Hawks as a franchise (for richer or poorer), before the season begins, he cannot be ranked above players that have actually contributed in a big way for an NBA team.

Certainly, Ice Trae’s future in the league is brighter than others on this list simply because of his stunning offensive potential and upper-echelon NBA draft pedigree – not to mention the unparalleled collegiate production – Young led the country in both points and assists per game, which is still a shocking statistic.

Trae Young will likely come in as the starting point guard (even though I have a sneaking suspicion that Linsanity will be given a short run as the opening lead guard for the Hawks) and immediately learn on the fly at the highest levels of basketball.

So far, Young has said and done the right things, and he seems genuinely jazzed about joining the Atlanta Hawks franchise.

Let’s see if he can become one of the best players on the Atlanta Hawks in the matter of a single season.

Atlanta Hawks Dewayne Dedmon
Dewayne Dedmon (14) of Atlanta Hawks (Photo by Bilgin Sasmaz/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images) /

6 — Dewayne Dedmon

While it is abundantly clear that both Trae Young and Kevin Huerter have brighter futures in the NBA given their age and untapped potential and upside, there is absolutely no question that Dewayne Dedmon is a better player right now for the Atlanta Hawks than either of those rookies.

Dedmon is a fearsome competitor and an energetic force at the center position, which he displayed on numerous occasions for the Hawks last year.

Though he is a little slight for the burliest of NBA centers – think Joel Embiid – his gets by just fine for a sinewy seven-footer with an unending motor.

While it’s unclear how long Dedmon will actually be on the Hawks next year in the second year of a full rebuild, he is definitely one of the team’s best players at this current juncture.