The Atlanta Hawks may have decided a retooling of sorts was in order this offseason and, quite frankly, that may not be entirely complete. However, if there’s one thing that can be agreed upon, at least for now, it’s that whatever the next build looks like, it’s going to prominently feature Trae Young at the center. Unless something unexpectedly changes, Young is the face of the Hawks.
Since he was drafted in 2018 and emerged onto the NBA scene as a dynamic young player with a high ceiling, that has been the case. But it hasn’t always been pretty for the Hawks. As you would expect, there have been some ups and downs when it’s come to the supporting cast around Young.
In an attempt to look back at how far the team’s supporting cast has come, we rank seven of the worst starters from the Trae Young era so far.
(Note: We decided to make the cut-off line of eligibility of a minimum of 15 total games started)
7. Timothe Luwawu-Cabarrot (2021-22), started 18 total games
Selected in the 2016 NBA Draft by the Philadelphia 76ers, there was some belief that Timothe Luwawu-Cabarrot could emerge as an intriguing late first-round selection. Luwawu-Cabarrot had length, size, and skill set to perhaps emerge as a two-way contributor down the line.
For one reason or another, it never came together for Luwawu-Cabarrot. He played for five teams through his first six seasons in the league and his last stop was with the Hawks in which he managed to start 18 total games during the 2021-22 season. Though, he didn’t make all that much of his opportunity as he only averaged four points on 40 percent shooting from the field and didn’t get a second contract from the team after the season.
Luwawu-Cabarrot spent last season in the EuroLeague and recently signed a contract with ASVEL of the French LNB Pro A league.