Atlanta Hawks’ Player Profile: Treveon Graham

A run down on the strengths and history of new Atlanta Hawks guard Treveon Graham.

The Atlanta Hawks hit the news Thursday afternoon, striking a deal with the Timberwolves. The trade sent Allen Crabbe to Minnesota, and guards Jeff Teague and Treveon Graham to Atlanta.

Obviously, the Teague news was more widespread, as he spent seven seasons in Atlanta, considered by many (including myself) a fan favorite.

We talked about why his return was significant to the team here, but we should also take a look at his teammate that is going to follow him to Atlanta, Treveon Graham.

Graham was a four-year player, three-year starter at VCU, establishing himself as a good slashing scorer. After going undrafted in the 2015 Draft, he spent his entire first season in the G-League. While playing for the Idaho Stampede, he impressed enough to sign a multi-year deal with the Hornets.

He played 90 games for Charlotte, then coming off a breakout season in 2017-2018, signed with the Nets, which ended up being a injury-filled season. He was traded twice last summer, first to the Warriors in the sign-and-trade that sent Kevin Durant to Brooklyn, and then the next day to Minny.

Today’s trade marks the third time he’s been dealt in the past six months.

To this point this season, Graham played in 33 games for the Timberwolves, starting 20. The shooting guard is averaging 5.2 points, 3.0 rebounds and 0.9 assists.

His field goal percentage as a whole has risen from last year, but his rate from three-point land has dipped to a career-worst 24%. In ’17-’18, Graham shot 41% from deep.

He was never fancied as a great offensive player however, and he worked into the Hornets, Nets and Timberwolves’ starting fives thanks to his hustle defense.

He’d likely slide somewhere between DeAndre’ Bembry and De’Andre Hunter as the Atlanta’s best perimeter defender, an aspect of their game they always need help with.

As for his fit in the rotation, I don’t seem him getting the same 20.1 minutes he was getting per game in Minny, in Atlanta.

Even after benching Evan Turner and Chandler Parsons long term, the Hawks have a handful of wings, including rookies Cam Reddish and De’Andre Hunter, both of whom I suspect they rather play more than the 26-year-old Graham.

Someone has to fill Allen Crabbe’s 18 or so minutes a night I suppose, and we’ll see how much Brandon Goodwin plays with Teague in the point guard mix.

Overall, I think Graham was a nice little cherry on top of the deal, as most would have been happy with just a Crabbe/Teague exchange.

Next: Takeaways from the Teague Trade

He’s slated to be an unrestricted free agent this summer, and he has the 2nd half of the season as a pseudo tryout with the Hawks.

Atlanta plays next on Friday in San Antonio, we’ll have to wait and see if Graham gets any run.

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