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Emoni Bates
Stunner: Atlanta wins 2024 NBA Draft Lottery
Sun, May 12, 2024, 9:32 AM
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The Atlanta Hawks won the 2024 NBA Draft Lottery and will hold the first overall pick in next month's draft.
Analysis: The Hawks hold the first overall pick for the first time in the lottery era (since 1985), and this will also be the first time they select first overall since 1975. This is a crucial offseason for the franchise, as the Trae Young/Dejounte Murray partnership has not been as productive as anticipated. This draft is nowhere near as predictable as last year's, with multiple prospects in play to go first overall. Alex Sarr, a versatile forward from France, and Zaccharie Risacher, a playmaking wing also from France, are two of the elite prospects who will be discussed often between now and late June. Houston, Washington, San Antonio, and Detroit round out the top five.
Trae Young
Trae Young posts 22/10 double-double in loss
Wed, Apr 17, 2024, 6:36 PM
Trae Young struggled on Wednesday but finished with 22 points (4-of-12 FGs, 11-of-13 FTs), two rebounds, 10 assists, three triples and six turnovers against the Bulls.
Analysis: Despite previously being undefeated in the Play-In Tournament, the magic ran out for Trae and the Hawks in this one. This was their third straight appearance in the Play-In after making the Eastern Conference Finals before that. While Young was able to come away with a 20-point double-double, his inefficient shooting and turnovers certainly weren't pretty. He was a team-worst -27 in 43 minutes, which means they outscored Chicago by 12 points in his five minutes on the bench. There had already been plenty of rumors suggesting that Atlanta could trae Young this summer, and after a performance like this, those rumors will certainly heat up.
Clint Capela
Clint Capela puts up 22/17 double-double vs. Bulls
Wed, Apr 17, 2024, 6:32 PM
Clint Capela recorded a double-double on Wednesday with 22 points (11-of-15 FGs), 17 rebounds and four assists against the Bulls.
Analysis: Capela nearly had a double-double before halftime, and he was able to reach 10 rebounds early in the third quarter. He scored 16 points before the break, but he didn't get many buckets after that. This was a down year for Capela, as he had his worst field goal percentage since his rookie season, which is a big part of his value in 9-cat leagues. He'll be on the wrong side of 30 to start next season, and it is hard to imagine him bouncing back. He should continue to be a reliable source of big man stats, but he isn't as dominant in fantasy as he once was. The emergence of Onyeka Okongwu will only continue to hinder that.
Dejounte Murray
Dejounte Murray leads Hawks with 30/7/6/2 in loss
Wed, Apr 17, 2024, 6:28 PM
Dejounte Murray led Atlanta with 30 points (11-of-21 FGs), seven rebounds, six assists, two steals and three triples in a 131-116 loss to Chicago on Wednesday.
Analysis: While his counterpart in the backcourt struggled in this game, Murray was able to turn in an excellent performance. He had a big first half and entered the break with 23 points. He hit a quick three to open the second half, but he wasn't able to do much scoring after that. With Murray having an excellent game while Trae Young struggled, rumors will heat up quickly. There had already been plenty suggesting that Atlanta will move on from one of them, and a failed attempt to make the playoffs will not convince anyone that this team deserves another run. One way or another, Murray should be the sole point guard option on his team next year, which will be excellent for his fantasy production.
Wesley Matthews
Wesley Matthews (hamstring) off injury report
Tue, Apr 16, 2024, 12:37 PM
NBA Injury Report
Wesley Matthews (right hamstring tightness) is not on the initial injury report for Wednesday's game against the Bulls.
Analysis: Matthews was not available for five of Atlanta's last seven games of the regular season, but the impact of his absence was minimal. However, with Jalen Johnson (ankle) sidelined, Matthews may be able to play additional rotation minutes. That still will not be enough to make him relevant in DFS tournaments.
Trae Young
Trae Young sets team record for career assists
Sun, Apr 14, 2024, 9:29 AM
Trae Young recorded a double-double on Sunday with 12 points (4-of-9 FGs), three rebounds, 12 assists, one triple and eight turnovers in a 157-115 loss to the Pacers.
Analysis: Young entered this game needing 11 assists to pass Doc Rivers as the franchise leader in dimes, and he reached that mark early in the fourth quarter, despite being down more than 30 points. This wasn't a great game for Trae, as he nearly made it a triple-double with his turnovers. However, it was cool to see him set the franchise record at just 25 years old. They enter the postseason on a six-game losing streak and will have to head to Chicago for the 9-10 matchup. If they win that, they'll have to take on the loser of the Heat-76ers matchup just to have a chance to take on Boston. It certainly isn't an easy road, and the Trae-Dejounte Murray era could be coming to a close, if recent rumors hold true. Murray scored 32 points in this one.
Mouhamed Gueye
Mouhamed Gueye scores career-high 19 off bench
Sun, Apr 14, 2024, 9:23 AM
Mouhamed Gueye provided a boost off the bench with 19 points (6-of-11 FGs), nine rebounds, one steal, three blocks and two triples against Indiana on Sunday.
Analysis: Atlanta gave Clint Capela the day off to rest up for the Play-In Tournament, which allowed Bruno Fernando to get the start at center. Fernando logged 21 minutes and will likely be the primary backup center option in the playoffs, since Onyeka Okongwu will miss a few more weeks. However, Gueye was able to step into legit rotation minutes for the second straight game and ended up setting multiple career-highs. He scored 10 points in the first quarter alone, which was the first double-digit scoring game of his young career. Gueye showcased some upside, and if he continues to develop, he may end up being a rotation player in a few years. It is unlikely that he sees the floor in the postseason, and he shouldn't be on draft boards heading into next season.
Bruno Fernando
ATL starting Trae, Dejounte, Bogi, Hunter, Bruno
Sun, Apr 14, 2024, 6:45 AM
NBA.com Lineups
The Hawks will start Trae Young, Dejounte Murray, Bogdan Bogdanovic, De'Andre Hunter and Bruno Fernando against Indiana on Sunday.
Analysis: Clint Capela is getting a rest day before they start the Play-In Tournament next week. Unsurprisingly, Fernando will move into the starting unit in his place, though Mouhamed Gueye will also take on extra minutes off the bench at center.
Clint Capela
Clint Capela (rest) downgraded to out vs. Indiana
Sun, Apr 14, 2024, 6:01 AM
Brad Rowland on X
Clint Capela (rest) will not play against Indiana on Sunday.
Analysis: With Atlanta locked in as the 10th seed in the East, there's no reason for Capela to suit up for this game. Bruno Fernando should start in his place, with Mouhamed Gueye likely filling out the other center minutes. Quin Snyder has closed with his young guys over the last two games, so even if the rest of the starters are playing, they won't see a full workload.
Wesley Matthews
Wesley Matthews, Seth Lundy out Sunday vs. Pacers
Sat, Apr 13, 2024, 11:09 AM
Brad Rowland on Twitter
Wesley Matthews (right hamstring tightness) and Seth Lundy (left medial ankle impingement) are out for Sunday's game against the Pacers.
Analysis: Neither Matthews nor Lundy has provided much fantasy value when healthy, so their absences will not impact that regard. The former has been more impactful to the Hawks rotation, albeit not by much.
Clint Capela
Clint Capela (rest) questionable Sunday vs. Pacers
Sat, Apr 13, 2024, 11:06 AM
Brad Rowland on Twitter
Clint Capela (rest) is questionable for Sunday's game against the Pacers.
Analysis: Capela was initially questionable for Friday's game against Minnesota, but he played despite the Hawks not having anything to play for. That's also the case for Sunday's game, so there's no guarantee the veteran center does not play. If Capela sits, Bruno Fernando's playing time will increase. He would be worth adding in active fantasy leagues.
Bruno Fernando
Bruno Fernando contributes 14/5/2 line off bench
Fri, Apr 12, 2024, 5:19 PM
Bruno Fernando provided a boost off the bench with 14 points (6-of-9 FGs, 2-of-5 FTs), five rebounds and two assists against the Timberwolves on Friday.
Analysis: Much like their last game, Atlanta opted to close the game out with their bench to get them some more experience. That allowed Fernando to be part of the closing unit, though it didn't impact his minutes much, since he has been playing a large role since Onyeka Okongwu went down. OO will remain out for a few more weeks, so unless the Hawks go on a miracle run, Fernando will be the backup center until they're eliminated. Fernando has been solid, but even if he plays really well, it is unlikely that he turns into a player that impacts fantasy basketball next season.
Trae Young
Trae Young leads Hawks with 19/2/7 line in 27 min.
Fri, Apr 12, 2024, 5:10 PM
Trae Young led Atlanta with 19 points (6-of-12 FGs), two rebounds, seven assists, one steal and three triples in a 109-106 loss to Minnesota on Friday.
Analysis: This was Young's second game back after missing over a month of games with a left pinky injury. Much like the first game, Quin Snyder closer the game out with the young guys off the bench. It was great experience for them, but it put a cap on Trae's production, especially after he started to get things going offensively in the third quarter. If Young plays at all in the season finale on Sunday, they'll likely limit his minutes once again. They are locked in to a matchup in Chicago in the Play-In Tournament, so they should prioritize keeping their stars fresh. Since Young hasn't played in a while, he may still get some reps, but managers shouldn't expect a big game from him.
Dejounte Murray
Dejounte Murray (quad) will play vs. Minnesota
Fri, Apr 12, 2024, 1:03 PM
Atlanta Hawks on X
Dejounte Murray (right quad contusion) will play against Minnesota on Friday.
Analysis: Murray will be back after missing their last game, which was the second night of a back-to-back. That will push Garrison Mathews back to the bench after he logged 30 minutes as a starter in their last game.
Clint Capela
Clint Capela, AJ Griffin available Friday vs. MIN
Fri, Apr 12, 2024, 12:38 PM
Brad Rowland on Twitter
Clint Capela (rest) and AJ Griffin (right ankle sprain) are available for Friday's game against the Timberwolves.
Analysis: Capela being upgraded to available is surprising, as the Hawks are locked into their seed for next week's Play-In tournament. He's available; it's anyone's guess how much he'll play. As for Griffin, his return will not impact fantasy basketball, as his minutes should be limited.
Clint Capela
Clint Capela (rest) questionable Friday vs. MIN
Thu, Apr 11, 2024, 1:06 PM
Brad Rowland on Twitter
Clint Capela (rest) is questionable for Friday's game against the Timberwolves.
Analysis: Absent from the initial injury report, Capela was added about an hour after its release. Whether or not he plays against the Timberwolves likely depends on the result of Thursday's game between the Bulls and Pistons. Chicago would lock up the 9-seed with a victory, removing all meaning from Atlanta's game on Friday. If Capela sits, Bruno Fernando will move into the starting lineup, with Mouhamed Gueye likely serving as his backup.
De'Andre Hunter
De'Andre Hunter in, Wesley Matthews out Friday
Thu, Apr 11, 2024, 12:50 PM
NBA Injury Report
De'Andre Hunter (rest) is available for Friday's game against the Timberwolves, while Wesley Matthews (right hamstring tightness) is out.
Analysis: Hunter is available after sitting out Wednesday's loss to the Hornets, which will drop Vit Krejci to the bench. Krejci's value will take a hit, but he should remain in the rotation. As for Matthews, his absence will not significantly impact fantasy basketball.
Seth Lundy
Seth Lundy (ankle) ruled out Friday vs. Minnesota
Thu, Apr 11, 2024, 12:12 PM
Brad Rowland on Twitter
Seth Lundy (left ankle soreness) is out for Friday's game against the Timberwolves.
Analysis: Lundy's continued absence will not impact the Hawks' rotation, as he is not guaranteed minutes when healthy.
Dejounte Murray
Dejounte Murray, AJ Griffin questionable Friday
Thu, Apr 11, 2024, 12:09 PM
Brad Rowland on Twitter
Dejounte Murray (right quad contusion) and AJ Griffin (right ankle sprain) are questionable for Friday's game against the Timberwolves.
Analysis: Murray's status is far more impactful to the Hawks' rotation and active fantasy leagues, as he's firmly entrenched in the starting lineup when healthy. Once Murray is cleared, Garrison Mathews is likely headed to the bench, as the Hawks remain without Jalen Johnson and Onyeka Okongwu. As for Griffin, his availability does not impact fantasy basketball or Atlanta's rotation.
Jalen Johnson
Jalen Johnson, Onyeka Okongwu out multiple weeks
Thu, Apr 11, 2024, 7:42 AM
Kevin Chouinard on Twitter
Jalen Johnson (right ankle sprain) will be re-evaluated in three weeks, and Onyeka Okongwu (left big toe sprain) will be re-evaluated in four weeks.
Analysis: Atlanta is locked into the Play-In Tournament, and they will have to win two games to make the playoffs. Barring a deep playoff run, Johnson's and Okongwu's seasons are over. While both are out, Vit Krejci, Garrison Mathews and De'Andre Hunter should see increased run.

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