Atlanta Hawks 2018-19 Season Review: Kent Bazemore

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Initial Expectations

Entering the 2018-19 season, the expectations for Bazemore were not really sketched in stone due to the franchise wanting to trade him. However, his task for the season involved helping develop, mentor and groom Trae Young, Kevin Huerter and in some cases DeAndre’ Bembry.

In addition to helping the rookies develop, KB was tasked with the responsibility of contributing on both sides of the floor as a starting two guard in the lineup. For the 2018-19 season, the Atlanta Hawks’ main goal was to develop their rookies and start the new era under first-year head coach Lloyd Pierce.

Obviously, the Atlanta Hawks front office wanted Bazemore to produce and help push this team but at the same time, they didn’t expect much from him because of their consistent effort to trade him. KB is an awesome player, however, the franchise overpaid him and they are trying to go in a new direction.

Last season (2017-18), Bazemore averaged 12.9 points, 3.8 rebounds, 3.5 assists and shot 39.4 percent from three. Over the years, he has guarded well and scored in spurts but the Hawks have made it clear that they are trying to part ways with him.

Atlanta’s expectations for KB was to play hard, continue to groom the rookies and to be prepared for a trade at any moment.