3 offseason moves the Atlanta Hawks need to make

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The Atlanta Hawks had a magical run through the NBA Playoffs. Now it’s over and they have to make sure they’re capable of doing it again next year.

Trae Young and the Hawks were one of the surprise stories of the NBA Playoffs this year.

The No. 5 seed in the East took down the Knicks and the 76ers to advance to their first Eastern Conference Finals since 2015.

Sadly, the run ended in Game 6 against the Bucks. Now it’s time to get to work putting together a roster capable of competing going forward.

3 offseason moves the Atlanta Hawks need to make

Extend Kevin Huerter

Kevin Huerter proved himself a valuable part of the Hawks’ lineup this postseason. He needed to show the team what he was worth to give himself the best chance at a rookie extension. He did just that.

The third-year player is exactly the kind of player any playoff contender needs. He’s a defensive presence with effective offense. He spaces the floor to open things up for the stars. He can get it done whether he’s starting or coming off the bench.

In the playoffs specifically, Huerter averaged 11.4 points, 3.9 rebounds and 2.8 assists. He also had a spectacular performance in Game 7 against the 76ers with 27 points. It wasn’t a one-time deal either. He scored 20 in Game 2 and 17 in Game 6.

The extension, and pay raise, have been well-earned.