Atlanta Hawks: Taurean Prince Injury Offers Opportunity to Shuffle Rotation

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Taurean Prince #12 of the Atlanta Hawks (Photo by Michael Reaves/Getty Images)

With Taurean Prince out for likely 4-6 weeks with an ankle sprain, let’s take a look at Prince’s season so far and delve into the role that Justin Anderson is likely to have going forward for the Atlanta Hawks.

The Atlanta Hawks were not particularly fun to watch last season. Though the team had an exciting rookie, John Collins, as well as the consistent, steady play of two Hawks veterans, Dennis Schroder and Kent Bazemore, the team was going nowhere fast, and the only reason that snatched 24 wins was due to the coaching wizardry of Mike Budenholzer.

However, there was one player who produced multiple scoring explosions after the All-Star Break and was incandescent for much of the season’s final 2 months. I’m speaking, of course, of Taurean Prince.

The Prince That Was Promised was the Atlanta Hawks’ primary offensive creator after both Schröder and Bazemore went down with injuries, and he produced some stellar numbers for the latter portion of the season. Many expected Prince to pick up right where he left off in 2018-19 with better offensive spacing thanks to 3 drafted players who could light it up from distance.

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