Bogdan Bogdanovic believes it’ll be quite hard to keep the Atlanta Hawks intact as a growing core usually tends to separate off.
The Atlanta Hawks were one of the most refreshing surprises of the 2021 NBA Playoffs. It was great to see a young team fueled by a high-power offense be led by players who are no older than 25. Guys like Bogdan Bogdanovic, Kevin Huerter, Cam Reddish, John Collins, and the man behind it all, Trae Young proved that they can punch well above their weight.
Bogdan Bogdanovic, though he had a rather inefficient Playoffs shooting merely 38% from the field, showed flashes of being a Duncan Robinson-type player who can also put the ball on the floor and drive into the lane. He was also given the opportunity to bring the ball up the floor in Trae Young’s absence.
The rest of the young talent on the Hawks performed quote well as John Collins looked like the perfect PnR big man next to Trae Young while Clint Capela had an incredible Playoffs as well, on the defensive end of the floor. It’s safe to say that Atlanta’s future is in safe hands.
Bogdan Bogdanovic doesn’t feel like the Hawks can stay together for long.
Despite the camaraderie the Atlanta Hawks showed on the basketball court, Bogdan Bogdanovic’s recent comments may suggest that something may be stirring in the background; something that could come to light a couple years down the line.
“It’s going to be so hard to keep all of these guys here. I remember back in Europe reading what Draymond Green said about Golden State with how it’s going to be hard to keep this group together. I feel like something like that, here. The challenge is to enjoy it while you can.”
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— Hawks Nation (@HawksNationCP) July 6, 2021
Comparing these 2021 Hawks to those 2016-19 Warriors is quite ambitious but in terms of managing personalities, this prediction could come into fruition. Kevin Durant and Draymond Green butt heads on multiple occasions, which ultimately led to the former’s departure from the Bay Area.
What could lead to the Hawks’ young core dismantling itself?
With John Collins reportedly being unhappy with his role with the Hawks at the beginning of the season, and so many young guys who feel they are deserving of large contracts, it will be hard to financially keep this group as it is 3 years down the line. By the way things are going, multiple young Hawks players will be solidified stars by then.
There could be a clash of egos between guys like Bogdan Bogdanovic and the rest in terms of who gets more touches and who gets to take the last shot down the stretch, and so on and so forth.