Even a win over the Charlotte Hornets isn't enough to mask what has been another bitterly disappointing season for the Atlanta Hawks. And it now looks as if Trae Young's frustration has officially boiled over.
Young was reportedly involved in a vitriolic locker room exchange, after which a member within the organization promised that Atlanta would be "getting some help soon" for their star point guard.
Young is averaging 28.8 points and 8.4 assists per game in his second season, but the rest of the Hawks, save for a few players like rookie Top 5 pick DeAndre Hunter and Jabari Parker, haven't pulled their weight. After John Collins was suspended 25 games, the cracks in Lloyd Pierce's roster have begun to show.
Lottery pick Cam Reddish is shooting just 31% from the field, while Kevin Huerter and DeAndre Bembry have not taken the expected strides in production. That shambolic roster is erasing what has been an excellent season from Young.
At the very least, Atlanta has one franchise cornerstone in Young, with Collins and Hunter looking like solid starters. Everything else is up in the air, and the Hawks could look vastly different by the time the trade deadline rolls around.
It's easy to see why Young is frustrated, especially with Collins out until Dec. 23, so hopefully the Hawks stay true to their word and acquire some assistance for their star guard. At 6-17, things can't get much worse.