Atlanta Hawks: 3 legends for Delon Wright to study

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Legends for new Atlanta Hawks guard Delon Wright to study No. 1) Anfernee Hardaway

Anfernee Hardaway was a player ahead of his time. Standing 6’7″ tall, he was able to play three positions with ease, ranging from point guard to small forward. He was also one of the better players above 6’6″ who could play the point. Magic Johnson was obviously better but that is some good company to keep as a player.

He was quick with impressive handles which is a tough combination to stop, just ask anyone trying to stay in front of Trae Young. Once he got past his player, there was very little chance of stopping him if he got near the hoop thanks to his size.

Hardaway’s biggest shortfall was that he was only a 31.6 percent shooter from beyond the arc. It was certainly a different era in the NBA and if coaches had placed more emphasis on this, then Hardaway would have developed a greater proficiency.

However, where Wright can study Hardaway is his connection to his center. Hardaway had the ability to find his big man, in this case, Shaquille O’Neal close to the hoop. This meant that defenses were not able to heat out of the paint which kept his floor spacers from being heavily defended.