Atlanta Hawks: 4 Takeaways From Loss to Jazz, including Lloyd Pierce being a great HC

SALT LAKE CITY, UT - FEBRUARY 1: Donovan Mitchell #45 of the Utah Jazz and Trae Young #11 of the Atlanta Hawks talk after a game on February 1, 2019 at vivint.SmartHome Arena in Salt Lake City, Utah. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this Photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 2019 NBAE (Photo by Melissa Majchrzak/NBAE via Getty Images)
SALT LAKE CITY, UT - FEBRUARY 1: Donovan Mitchell #45 of the Utah Jazz and Trae Young #11 of the Atlanta Hawks talk after a game on February 1, 2019 at vivint.SmartHome Arena in Salt Lake City, Utah. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this Photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 2019 NBAE (Photo by Melissa Majchrzak/NBAE via Getty Images) /
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ATLANTA, GA – JUNE 25: Omari Spellman #6, Trae Young #11 and Kevin Huerter #1 of the Atlanta Hawks (Photo by Scott Cunningham/NBAE via Getty Images) /

Kevin Huerter and Trae Young were the Atlanta Splash Bros., and the outlook of the Luka Doncic trade continues to improve

Trae Young and Kevin Huerter combined to go 2/3 from the 3-point line, and 13 points in the first quarter. They didn’t slow down from there.

On a variety of 3-point shots that included catch-and-shoots, step-backs and deep bombs, from the second quarter on, Huerter and Young combined to shoot 7/14 from the 3-point line .

The starting backcourt duo finished with a combined 42 points, including 9/17 (52.9 percent) from the 3-point line.

The Red Pepper has shot the 3-point ball well all season and sits at 38 percent from deep entering Saturday’s game against Phoenix. However, we have documented how erratic Ice Trae’s 3-point shooting has been, but he is off to a great start so far. During his Rookie of the Month-winning January, Young shot 33.7 percent from the 3-point line—higher than his season average of 30.2 percent—but just as important, it was his highest 3-point attempts per game average (6.1 3PA) since the first month of the season.

https://twitter.com/ATLHawks/status/1091536425194086400

Might I interest you in another deep 3-pointer?

Or how about some clips of The Red Pepper showing his potential as a secondary playmaker in the starting lineup?

Huerter’s 1.77 assist-to-turnover ratio is third on the team, behind point guard Jeremy Lin and Young. Not too bad for the 19th pick in the 2018 NBA Draft.

And good ‘ol O’Boogie Spellman—who is already a solid 3-point shooter at 34.8 percent—flashed the other parts of his game, while knocking down one 3-pointer in a very un-Spellman like 1/6 shooting from deep. But he also had an instance where he scored after attacking a closeout with a straight-line drive to the rim. The more he works on attacking closeouts on offense, the more dangerous of a weapon he becomes for the Atlanta Hawks.

https://twitter.com/ATLHawks/status/1091538752047013888

He yet again showed an improved effort level on defense that features him moving well laterally and aggressively contesting shots when he can affect them.