Atlanta Hawks: 5 Reasons to Trade for Markelle Fultz

Markelle Fultz #20 Atlanta Hawks (Photo by Mitchell Leff/Getty Images)
Markelle Fultz #20 Atlanta Hawks (Photo by Mitchell Leff/Getty Images) /
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Fultz and Young

Markelle Fultz’s role with the Atlanta Hawks would ultimately be defined by his relationship and chemistry with franchise cornerstone Trae Young.

If Fultz can “keep that same energy” on defense while also mercifully turning himself into a passable shooter from deep (or even from mid-range), he will be able to pair beautifully with either Young or Huerter.

In particular, Fultz’s defensive prowess should be able to paper over the deficiencies that both players have expressed so far in their career. While Huerter clearly has some upside on that end, Ice Trae might not be able to anchor a top-flight defense in the NBA on his own (which I think everyone already knew). With Fultz backing up Trae’s worst instincts on the less glamorous end, the Hawks would have a young, tantalizing backcourt to watch for years to come.

Enjoying those two learn on the court together as twentysomethings for the Atlanta Hawks should bring some happiness to Hawks fans.

Even if Fultz never develops a jump shot, he seems like an extremely likable player, and the more of those kinds of players we have, the better.

Our Twitter followers also agreed, but it was extremely close, as evidenced by the razor-thin margin of this poll:

No matter what, expect some deals for the Atlanta Hawks as we creep ever closer to that December 15 date — when contracts signed this offseason can be traded.

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Statistics courtesy of Basketball Reference, Cleaning the Glass and ESPN, current as of 11/30/18.