Atlanta Hawks: 4 Players That Need More Minutes

Tyler Dorsey #2 of the Atlanta Hawks (Photo by Matthew Stockman/Getty Images)
Tyler Dorsey #2 of the Atlanta Hawks (Photo by Matthew Stockman/Getty Images) /
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Tyler Dorsey #2 of the Atlanta Hawks (Photo by Maddie Meyer/Getty Images) /

Tyler Dorsey

The number-one player who deserves to get more playing time for the Atlanta Hawks this season is one of last season’s Atlanta Hawks darlings, Tyler Dorsey.

Along with Second Team All-Rookie honoree John Collins, Tyler Dorsey was one of the few reasons to tune in and watch the Atlanta Hawks last season – especially after Kent Bazemore and Dennis Schröder were shut down for the season.

Dorsey factored into the Hawks’ game plan considerably last season, but for the most part, he has been out of the rotation in 2018-19. Now with Taurean Prince and many others banged up with injury, Dorsey has seemingly returned to the top of Coach Lloyd Pierce’s mind in recent games.

With good reason. Dorsey typifies the bench spark plug role with his high effort and indefatigable motor  as well as his smooth, pure three-point stroke. After a 36.2 percent shooting clip from long-range last season, Dorsey has come off the bench this year in limited minutes and showcased an ability to slash to the rim, hoist up catch-and-shoot triples and also surprise with his excellent verticality to grab and go off rebounds.

Though only a second round pick in 2017, Dorsey showed a lot of what could make him a potential long-term fit for the Atlanta Hawks last season, and it would be a disservice to him and to the organization at large if they did not give him some more minutes as the season continues.

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The Atlanta Hawks are on a one-way train heading to ZionTown, so let’s trot some of these younger players out there to see what we have. Winning is not in the cards, so let’s hope the Atlanta Hawks let these young Hawks fly unfettered.