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New Year’s Resolutions for Every NBA Team in the Eastern Conference

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Trae Young

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Atlanta Hawks

Resolution: Find a way to make Trae Young succeed

Trae Young has been absolutely abysmal this season. He shot 36% from deep in his lone year at Oklahoma but has found the NBA to be far less successful, shooting the three ball at just a 27.5% clip. The 15.6 points and 7.4 assists per game look good on paper, but Trae Young needs to be held to a higher standard than making just 1.4 three pointers on 5.1 attempts per game.

 

Boston Celtics

Resolution: Figure out how to be more consistent

The Celtics have underwhelmed fans in both Boston and around the league, with just a 21-15 record. Call it injuries, call it chemistry or call it unlucky, but the Celtics need to find a way to become a more consistent team. For now, the Celtics can count on Irving, Smart and Morris Sr., but the rest of the supporting cast varies on a night-to-night basis. For example, in their game against San Antonio, Jaylen Brown scored 30 points off the bench while Gordon Hayward failed to score.

Spencer Dinwiddie

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Brooklyn Nets

Resolution: Make the Playoffs

The last time the Brooklyn Nets made the playoffs was in the 2014-15 season, and as of right now, they sit just a half game back of the Detroit Pistons for the 8th seed in the Eastern Conference. A pleasant surprise for the team has been the play of backup point guard Spencer Dinwiddie, who is progressing quicker than anticipated and averaging 17.5 points per game. This team will ultimately go as far as the backcourt will take them.

 

READ: Western Conference Resolutions

 

Charlotte Hornets

Resolution: Get Kemba Walker some help

The Hornets currently sit at 18-18 and would be the 6th seed in the East if the playoffs started today. However, they are very clearly a one man show, as Kemba Walker carries this team on a nightly basis. Walker leads his team in points, assists and steals. Trading for an established big man would aid the Hornets mightily, as they don’t have anyone who can rebound the ball better than Cody Zeller, who is grabbing just 6.2 rebounds per game. The Hornets need to surround Kemba Walker with at least one talented player if they want to make a splash in the playoffs this season.

 

Chicago Bulls

Resolution: Trade for some picks

The Chicago Bulls are rumored to be in talks revolving around dealing Jabari Parker and possibly Robin Lopez. They did just pull the trigger on dealing Justin Holiday, which returned two draft picks already. The Bulls have just 10 wins this season and will certainly hold another top-7 pick in the 2019 NBA Draft. The best move for their franchise is to trade players that either take up too much cap or don’t fit their timeline and aim to build around players like LaVine, Markkanen, and Carter Jr.

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