The Atlanta Hawks have No. 11 to thank for massive national tv coverage

Atlanta Hawks. Mandatory Credit: Jeff Hanisch-USA TODAY Sports
Atlanta Hawks. Mandatory Credit: Jeff Hanisch-USA TODAY Sports /

The Atlanta Hawks have been given 19 nationally televised games for the 2021-22 season. This is well up for the four that they received in the 2020-21 season. They will have almost a quarter of their game televised nationally which is huge for the franchise.

The Hawks are only three seasons into their rebuild and they almost made it to the NBA Finals this season. They finished two games short of getting there and this was thanks in large part to the unfortunate injury to Trae Young during the Eastern Conference Finals series.

The Hawks managed to re-sign John Collins and Lou Williams as offensive weapons. However, it was the work of the newly extended Trae Young which is the reason the Hawks are going to be seen so much in the new season. He might even get the recognition that he deserves to make the All-Star team or even an All-NBA nod.

The Atlanta Hawks can thank Trae Young for their coverage levels.

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To put it simply, the play of Trae Young was compulsary viewing when he reached the biggest stage, the NBA playoffs. He was impressive against the New York Knicks who have one of the biggest markets in the world, creating playoff history.

Then Young showed the first round series was not a fluke by taking the game to last season’s No. 1 seed, the Philadelphia 76ers. Yes he struggled in Game 7 of that series but thanks to a stellar performance by Kevin Huerter, Young was able to guide the team home in the final moments.

He became the villian in both series, especially in the first round matchup against the Knicks. The opposition loved to hate him but could not help but admire his performance. Nuetral supporters could not help but be amazed by how he played. Now the demand to see if Young can back up these performances in his fourth season is great.

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The NBA have also rewarded the Hawks as a franchise who will be relevant for the long term thanks to the extnesions signed this summer. This is going to make the team fun to watch for a long time, they are young and exciting which will help improve the NBA’s ratings. It is mainly due to No. 11, Mr Trae Young.