Atlanta Hawks: Tony Snell is the next veteran to step up

Atlanta Hawks. Mandatory Credit: Dale Zanine-USA TODAY Sports
Atlanta Hawks. Mandatory Credit: Dale Zanine-USA TODAY Sports /

The Atlanta Hawks traded for Tony Snell during the offseason and it is easy to see why. Now that he is working into some decent court time, thanks to injuries to other key members of the team, it is easy to see why Snell was high in the Hawks wish list.

While he is only averaging 2.9 points and 1.3 rebounds in 10.3 minutes per game, he is making a difference at both ends of the court. As a veteran player, he is showing that he can easily fit into the Hawks system and this is going to pay dividends further on in the season.

You see, despite Snell’s limited time on the court, he is taking the right shots for the team. He is shooting the ball at 50.0 percent from deep meaning that when he is on the court, Snell has to be respected outside the arc, freeing up space for others inside.

The Atlanta Hawks are using their veterans well.

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Last game the Hawks relied on Danilo Gallinari to keep them in the contest. His shooting was incredible from deep and made it to the line regularly. This is the sort of presence the Hawks had in Vince Carter last season and not many others.

Gallinari had an off night against the Jazz but this time they had the veteran Snell take up the slack. He went 4-of-4 from deep, scoring 12 points. However, with Trae Young being out, this was not enough to take down the hot-streaking Utah Jazz.

However, while the Hawks may have lost the game, it is easy to see that the veterans are starting to fit into the rotation well. Snell is the latest to show his worth to the franchise. When the Hawks get their full rotation back, they are going to be one of the best teams in the East.

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