Atlanta Hawks: Grading the interrupted season for Cam Reddish

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The Atlanta Hawks had a tough season with injuries to a number of key players. One of the players who missed the most time was Cam Reddish. The second-year player was only able to play 26 regular-season games before returning in the playoffs, where he played well.

Reddish started the season out struggling with his shot from deep. He was only shooting the ball at 28.6 percent from beyond the arc. He was starting to get his shot back but unfortunately, his Archilles became an issue, forcing him to sit for 46 regular-season games.

When Reddish came back from his absence to be a solid contributor in the playoffs, the questions about whether he would be on the team next season were silenced. In fact, the combination of De’Andre Hunter and Cam Reddish could be one that takes the Hawks forward next season.

The Atlanta Hawks are a better team with Cam Reddish in the lineup.

Reddish is one of the best defenders in the Hawks squad. Yes, Kris Dunn is the best on-ball defender and Clint Capela is an incredible help defender and paint protector. However, what Reddish does is he gets into the passing lanes of the opposition, enabling the Hawks to get easy transition buckets.

At the moment, Reddish is at his best when coming off the bench. Give him some more time on the court under the head coach, Nate McMillan and this might change. McMillan said that he can see Paul George’s skillset in Reddish’s game. This is huge praise for a second-year player to receive.