Atlanta Hawks: Trae Young, Kevin Huerter & Omari Spellman Torched Cavs

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Atlanta Hawks Omari Spellman
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Omari Spellman

Spelman, who comes into the regular season with the least amount of pressure on him of any of the Atlanta Hawks first round selections, had the best game of his three-game-old career on Sunday – a homecoming game for Spellman, who was born in Ohio.

Spellman was excellent for the Hawks in his 23 minutes of action. As one of the few big men on the Atlanta Hawks roster who isn’t injured, the team needed his effort and energy off the bench on Sunday as the team fell down by 15 in the 1st quarter.

Though Spellman’s hulking frame affects shots around the rim when he’s nearby, his most notable skill on this night – like much of the team – was his three-point prowess. Spellman was not bashful about shooting treys, and with good reason, as he connected on 4 of 5 triples and 6 of his 8 shots overall.

With that showing Spellman, who missed the second game of the season with a sprained ankle, now has a hilariously high true shooting percentage of 93.2 percent, which means he has only missed 4 of his 14 free-throw, three-point and two-point shots on the season (can anyone say small sample size bias?).

Spellman continues to impress in his minutes, as his fluid, natural athleticism and smooth jumper look as if they’ll translate rather easily to the NBA. Sure, his defense might be spotty at best, but he’s only 2 games into his career. We’ve got time.