Atlanta Hawks: 6 Takeaways from Narrow Loss to Wizards

DeAndre' Bembry #95 of the Atlanta Hawks (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)
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Tyler Dorsey #2 of the Atlanta Hawks (Photo by Scott Cunningham/NBAE via Getty Images) /

2017-18 Flashback for Tyler Dorsey

One of the main reasons to watch the Atlanta Hawks last season was to see the growth on a game-by-game basis of rookie Tyler Dorsey. This season, Dorsey has fallen almost completely out of the rotation for some reason, but with the injury to Prince, Dorsey was able to see almost 20 minutes of action versus the Wizards.

Dorsey acquitted himself well and made us ponder back to last season. TD was in attack mode immediately and showcased his ability to serve as a valuable sixth man for this Atlanta Hawks team going forward. Dorsey scored 11 points in 19 minutes with 3 rebounds and 2 assists and had the highest box plus/minus on the team with a +9.

While an unreliable stat, Dorsey’s impact on the game certainly felt like a positive one, as he was attacking the rim and not forcing up tough jumpers and layups like he did at times last season.

It must be noted that Dorsey’s deal has not been picked up for next season, so let’s hope the Hawks see the value of keeping a talented player like him around for next season and beyond.