The Atlanta Hawks are going through another injury crisis where they are running out of wing players. If this sounds like deja vu to you, then you are right, it is almost the same players as last season which almost crippled the Hawks’ chances of making the playoffs last season.
Fortunately, when they got some of the players back they went on a tear and were one of the best teams in the NBA after the All-Star break. It may be more difficult this season thanks to the injury to Solomon Hill during the Charlotte Hornets game. At the time of writing, there was no update as to the extent of the injury.
Hill did it all for the Hawks last season and now the team needs another player to step in to fill the void. Fortunately, the franchise had last season fresh in their minds when they decided to reward the work of Timothé Luwawu-Cabarrot at the start of the season with the 15th roster spot. This is another front-office decision that has shown tremendous foresight.
The Atlanta Hawks appear to be a good fit for Timothé Luwawu-Cabarrot
Luwawu-Cabarrot has taken on the challenge of moving from deep-bench player to starter with great vigor. He is the true example of being ready when your number is called. He went from playing just 3.8 minutes per game for the first 14 outings to 27.7 minutes per game for the last three, all as a starter.
He has not wasted this time since hitting the floor as a starter, hitting a season-high eight points in the win against the Indiana Pacers. He struggled offensively against the Philadelphia 76ers but still was solid on the defensive end.
Against the Charlotte Hornets Luwawu-Cabarrot bettered his season-high set two games ago, scoring 12 points. He also collected four rebounds, two assists, and two blocks in an outing which will garner him more court time even when Cam Reddish, Bogdan Bogdanovic, and De’Andre Hunter return.