One-sentence progress reports for every Hawks player on the roster

The Atlanta Hawks have a few days off between games, so let's take a quick look at how each player on the roster has fared this season.

Atlanta Hawks stars Trae Young, Jalen Johnson, and Dejounte Murray
Atlanta Hawks stars Trae Young, Jalen Johnson, and Dejounte Murray / Kevin C. Cox/GettyImages
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The Atlanta Hawks (26-34) continue their trip through New York with a tilt against the New York Knicks on March 5. With the downtime, and 22 games left in the regular season, how have the individual part fared? 

While their record is the overarching storyline, there have been several notable developments in what has been yet another trying season.

Let’s run through one for every player on the roster, going in order of minutes per game.

Hawks stars have shined brightly, albeit individually

Trae Young: The dynamic yet imperfect leader of the Hawks still has clear strengths and weaknesses that need only be properly supported. 

Dejounte Murray: Miscast as an off-guard – and quite possibly as a second star – his future remains uncertain despite making it through this year’s trade deadline.

Jalen Johnson: His breakout campaign, only marred by injury and the team’s losing ways, has been one of the brightest spots for the team this season.

Saddiq Bey: Turned himself into a surprising staple of the starting lineup with his rebounding, perhaps setting him – and the Hawks – up for an interesting summer as he heads for restricted free agency.

Bogdan Bogdanovic: The savvy veteran continues to prove his worth more than he disappoints, especially when he is in his proper role off the bench.

De’Andre Hunter: His true value on this team showed most during his extended absence following knee surgery.

Onyeka Okongwu: His budding perimeter game has been a pleasant surprise and has taken the pressure off the front office from having to trade a former “roadblock” to his success.

Clint Capela: His flaws have become clearer with age, but these Hawks still need him to be successful. 

Hawks bench has had a few surprises

Garrison Mathews: Made a strong impression on Head Coach Quin Snyder and secured a spot in the rotation. 

Wesley Matthews: A savvy veteran, though he has not helped the Hawks on the floor much this season.

Bruno Fernando: Proving that his strong showing in the FIBA World Cup last summer was no fluke.

Trent Forrest: Parlayed a hard-nosed playing style into a standard contract. 

Kobe Bufkin: An injury stunted the rookie's start, but he showed well in the G League and has flashed with the Hawks.

AJ Griffin: Arguably the most disappointing development has been his lack of a role this season, though last year’s playoffs offered an ominous preview.

Hawks G League squad has some hidden gems

Seth Lundy: Has flashed the three-point shooting prowess that got him drafted with the Hawks and Skyhawks.

Mouhamed Gueye: Back in action after a back injury, his skill set is already obvious, though he may be a year away from contributing significantly.

Vit Krejci: A versatile, end-of-bench player who plays his game and provides good energy on the bench.

The Hawks have one two-way slot available after converting Forrest’s deal. How and if they will fill it remains unknown. But it wouldn’t hurt to explore their G League roster to fill it.

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