Collins, Young are Hawks' '1-2 punch for the next 10 years'

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February 22, 2019 - 9:31 am

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In his 33rd season as the Voice of the Atlanta Hawks, Steve Holman joined the Morning Show as the team gets back to action tonight after the NBA All-Star break. 

Recently named the 2018 Georgia Broadcaster of the Year for the third time in his career, Holman talked about how fun it's been to watch the youth of this team grow and progress throughout this season.

"I've had a ball this season," Holman said. "For me, it's been a lot of fun. I think these young kids are progressing more than we thought they would at this point in the year."

Second-year forward John Collins and rookie guard Trae Young represented the Hawks in last weekend's All-Star events, and Holman has enjoyed watching their chemistry build through the course of the season.

"I really look toward the future and think that's going to be our one-two punch for the next 10 years."

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In the last 20-plus games, there's been a noticeable improvement in Young's game after an inconsistent start to his rookie season. Holman credits head coach Lloyd Pierce and how he's handled Young's development.

"When Jeremy (Lin) got his buyout and left to go to Toronto, that was a signal that we were taking the training wheels off of Trae," Holman said. "He's improving each and every day."

After many years in the business, Holman knows better than most how difficult the rebuilding process can be and, despite the 19-39 record, he believes they are ahead of schedule.

"I think they're ahead of where everyone thought they would be. Now Travis (Schlenk) has got a chance to get two more lottery picks and, add that to the mix, I think that's going to be terrific."