Atlanta Hawks set to benefit from Quin Snyder’s ‘0.5-second’ offense

Atlanta Hawks. Mandatory Credit: Brett Davis-USA TODAY Sports
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Atlanta Hawks head coach Quin Snyder has had a successful career which includes six straight winning record seasons, seven straight playoff appearances, and three 50-win seasons. Snyder’s best coaching season was back in the 2020-2021 season, when he coached the Utah Jazz to a 52-20 record as well as being the head coach for the Western Conference in the All-Star game.

Snyder ended the 2020-2021 season taking the Utah Jazz to the Conference semifinals.

This year will be his first full season with the Hawks who are coming off of three straight playoff appearances, as well as a conference finals appearance in 2021 where they took the Milwaukee Bucks to six games before the Bucks went on to win the NBA Finals.

Snyder has a record of 382 wins and 275 losses, with a win/loss percentage of .581, which ranks ninth amongst current NBA coaches. Snyder has worked behind and learned from many well-known coaches throughout his career including Larry Brown, Mike Krzyzewski, Doug Collins, Mike Brown, and Mike Budenholzer.

Snyder could learn from former NCAA National Championship, NBA Championship, and USA Gold Medal coaches throughout his career. Not only did Snyder get to learn from Mike Krzyzewski as an assistant coach but he was also able to learn from him as a player. Snyder played for Mike Krzyzewski at Duke from 1985-1989 before going undrafted in the 1989 NBA Draft.

Quin Snyder’s offense will emphasize ball, player movement for Hawks

Snyder’s offensive philosophy is built around ball movement, and communication, and runs an offense that is known by other coaches to be an offense that doesn’t let the ball stick to any one player. Also known as the “0.5-second offense” in which players have 0.5 seconds to do something with the basketball, such as pass, shoot, or attack the basket. Snyder will always preach ball movement as well as player movement.

Players must trust their teammates to make the next pass and look for the best shot available instead of the first shot available. Snyder uses all five players on the court and focuses on teamwork and winning as a collective unit.

You can see how Snyder controls a locker room and the way he communicates with his players and coaches, that the level of respect from players and staff is reciprocated.

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The Hawks fans can look forward to a winning season with Snyder and the Hawks focused on Snyder’s coaching style.