Atlanta Hawks: What Delon Wright will do for this team.

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After the Atlanta Hawks trade for Delon Wright, it was obvious that his impact on the roster had the potential to be profound. Now, after Hawks coach Nate McMillan addressed questions on the signing, it will be interesting to see how Wright impacts the Hawks rotation this season.

One thing is for sure, McMillan has been thinking about how Wright could impact a playing group for a while now. McMillan watched the guard with interest when he was the head coach of the Indiana Pacers two seasons ago. In fact, McMillan has been interested in Wright since his Toronto Raptors playing days.

The best news for all involved is that McMillan has no preconceived ideas about where Wright will play with this team. He would have ideas on what he wants to try with the versatile guard but until he sees the chemistry between Wright and the rest of the squad he will not try and fit him into a role he will not help the team with.

How the Atlanta Hawks will benefit from Delon Wright’s versatility

As coach McMillan described, Wright is a big guard who plays both ends of the court well. This is crucial for the Hawks as when Trae Young is off the floor. Having Wright on the court to run the offense and work hard on defense is going to be a luxury. They tried to use Kris Dunn last season in this role when he returned but his lack of offense was a massive issue.

However, Wright’s role is not going to be just with the second unit. He has the ability to play both on and off the ball. This means that he can play with Young, Bogdan Bogdanovic, Kevin Huerter, Lou Williams, and the rest of the backcourt players the Hawks have on their roster.

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This flexibility could be a massive contributing factor for this Hawks team to have even greater success this season. The good thing for the Hawks faithful is that Wright is going to be a work in progress for the season. As a savvy veteran in the league, Wright is going to look for ways to help this team every time he hits the floor.