Reddish and Hunter take Hawks from playoff-worthy to championship caliber

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The Hawks season got underway last night at State Farm Arena and a 26-point blowout of the Mavericks did nothing to slow down the optimism from fans and media entering the 2021-2022 season.

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Reddish and Hunter were either out or limited for the entire playoff run of the Hawks, a stretch that saw the team reach the Eastern Conference Finals, and one game in you can't help but wonder what sort of difference they could have made if healthy last season against Milwaukee.

While both Cam Reddish and De'Andre Hunter can certainly get it done on both ends, last night the storyline was Cam bringing the offense and Hunter locking down Luka on defense.

De'Andre Hunter held Luka to 18 points, well below last season's average of 27.7 ppg, while Cam Reddish scored a team high 20 points in just 21 minutes off the bench.

The Hawks season is still going to be determined by the season-long performance of star guard Trae Young, but if Cam Reddish and De'Andre Hunter prove to be legitimate difference-makers for Atlanta, the sky could be the limit for this young squad.