Hawks Notes: Young, Draft, Capela

Since his freshman year in college, Trae Young has been known for his impressive scoring stats and outrageous shooting range, but he tells Mark Medina of USA Today that he won’t be happy until his team starts winning. Young has averaged 23.6 PPG during his first two NBA seasons, but the Hawks have finished last in the Southeast Division both years with a combined record of 49-100.

“I hate the narrative of just being a scorer and a stats person,” Young said. “Stats don’t mean anything. I don’t want that narrative to be I’m all about stats because I’m not. For me, stats is the last thing I’m bringing up. I’m all about winning.”

With a strong collection of young talent in place, Atlanta may be ready to take a step forward next season. The Hawks added center Clint Capela – who was sidelined by injury after being acquired from the Rockets at the trade deadline – and could have as much as $50MM to spend in free agency. As one of the eight teams not invited to Orlando, Atlanta may go 10 months or more without playing in an actual game, but Young doesn’t expect the layoff to be a factor.

“It won’t affect me at all,” he said. “I know my body and how hard I can push it and where maybe I can slow down. I know when we’re going to be playing. I know it’s going to be a couple of months from now. So I won’t overload my body now. I’ll be smart and continue to get better and focus on that.”

There’s more on the Hawks:

  • Atlanta owns the sixth pick in the November 18 draft, and general manager Travis Schlenk is open to another draft-night deal, Medina adds in the same story. Schlenk has been involved in significant trades during the past two drafts, bringing in Young and De’Andre Hunter.
  • Capela was thrilled to finally be able to practice with his new team as the Hawks gathered for camp this week, writes Sarah K. Spencer of The Atlanta Journal-Constitution. He is now fully recovered from a heel injury that he suffered in January while still with the Rockets. The Hawks diagnosed it as a right calcaneus contusion/plantar fasciitis, and although Capela believed he was ready to go in June, league rules prevented him from doing anything beyond individual workouts. “It honestly felt a little bit weird at the beginning, being on drills with everybody, cheering, everybody just being with everybody and being involved,” Capela said. “It honestly felt really great. It felt good going through drills, being vocal. I couldn’t wait. It’s been a very, very long time. So I’m really enjoying it right now.”
  • In case you missed it, Skal Labissiere, who was also kept out of action by an injury after being acquired by Atlanta in February, hopes to return to the team next season.
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4 thoughts on “Hawks Notes: Young, Draft, Capela

  1. Sillivan

    Wolves want to trade down to take 3
    Warriors want to trade out for a good player
    Hornets want to trade up
    Bulls no trade
    Cavs no trade
    Hawks trade up or down
    Pistons trade down with Celtics
    Knicks trade up to get Ball

  2. harden-westbrook-mvps

    Capela has come a long way since his rookie year, hopefully he can stay healthy.

  3. KnickerbockerAl

    Capela doesn’t have an injury history. Hawks are a good team for him. Collins seems like a good PF next to him. But it seems there are rumors about him moving. Not really sure what to think of that. I know money has something to do with it. But he is worth a descent salary. And Hawks have plenty room. IMO Atlanta with this draft. Has the most young talent. They should be focused on playoffs. Then they probably will sign a nice FA next yr. When there are plenty available. Rockets made a mistake moving Capela. He was a good combo with Harden. Not every big is.

  4. hiflew

    This entire draft is very enigmatic, but I don’t think there is any pick that is more in question than #6. The Hawks can do just about anything with that pick. They could package it with young players for a star. They could trade it for a vet(s). They could trade it in a package to move up. They could trade it for a package to move down. They could trade it for a future pick(s). And any of those scenarios is almost equally plausible.

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