Atlanta Hawks by the Numbers: Statistical Ranks Deep Dive

Kevin Huerter #3 of the Atlanta Hawks (Photo by Andrew D. Bernstein/NBAE via Getty Images)
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Trae Young #11 of the Atlanta Hawks (Photo by Scott Cunningham/NBAE via Getty Images) /

Offense — The Good

  • Pace (estimated number of possessions per 48 minutes): 106.98 (1st)

This is good, right? Maybe? It certainly makes games fun to watch, but also is definitely a factor in the amount of turnovers they’ve racked up, as we’ll see later.

  • Three-pointers attempted: 35.7 (4th)
  • Three-pointers made: 11.3 (10th)

General Manager Schenk came from the Warriors, a team that has had a lot of success placing a heavy emphasis on the three-ball, so it’s no surprise that the Hawks jack up a lot of attempts from behind the arc. Drafting three guys who all had a high shooting pedigree out of college (Young, Red Pepper, Spellman) definitely contributes, but Prince and Carter are also serviceable from downtown (36.7% and 36.3% respectively). Analytics dudes will say that, in most situations, three’s are proportionately more valuable than other shot attempts.

  • Fastbreak points: 17.8 (4th)

A product of pace, but the Hawks certainly like to strike while the iron is hot. DeAndre’ Bembry has showcased phenomenal vision, and Vince Carter is out here looking like QB1.

  • Points in the paint: 50.1 (10th)

Ice Trae has been off-and-on in his ability to finish at the rim, but he’s improving every game. Alex Len and John Collins have both been the primary beneficiaries of Young feeds in the money zone.

  • Percentage of points from 3PM: 31.3% (9th)
  • Percentage of points from mid-range: 6.1% (5th-fewest)

The number-nerds are smiling again.

  • Percentage of made field goals assisted on: 62.8% (5th)

Passing is a major key (DJ KHALED). The Atlanta Hawks eschew calling iso-sets, and have been very unselfish. Credit Coach Pierce for making that a priority.