“What he allows us to do defensively, just with his length and athleticism and anticipation is going to be really important to us in the future,” Schlenk said. “He’s got a chance to be one of the best defensive players in the league. … His defensive versatility, being able to guard quicker point guards and kind of cover Trae (Young) on that end is going to be extremely important to us moving forward.”
For the first few months of the season, Reddish’s poor shooting seemed to overshadow everything else, as he shot 20.9% from the field in October, 32% in November and 35.9% in December, and he shot 5.6% from 3-point range in October, 27.9% in November and 31% in December.
“Everyone saw his growth from the beginning of the year to how he was playing (toward the end), and really, I don’t think he was playing poorly, but the perception was he was playing poorly because he wasn’t making shots,” Schlenk said.
His offense eventually picked up with a strong January, shooting 40.3% from 3 and averaging 11.9 points per game, then he averaged 15.9 points over the last 12 games before play was suspended.
He had several standout defensive plays throughout the season, including a clutch steal and go-ahead slam in a win vs. Miami on Feb. 20, an aggressive move that encapsulated what the Hawks have been missing, coach Lloyd Pierce said afterward.
“We think he’s got a really bright future,” Schlenk said.