Prince, the No. 12 overall pick out of Baylor, became a starter in his second season, playing and starting in all 82 games in 2017-18. He dealt with an ankle injury last season that limited him to 55 games. Prince has career averages of 11.4 points, 3.8 rebounds and 2.0 assists in this 196 games. His defensive skills were often utilized to guard the opponent’s best player.
Prince admits to being caught off guard by the trade that sent him and a second-round pick to the Nets in exchange for Allen Crabbe, a 2019 first-round pick and a 2020 first-round pick. The Hawks used that No. 17 pick this year as part of the trade to move up and acquire De’Andre Hunter. It’s not news you necessarily want to receive while headed to the airport, but Prince looks forward to a “New start, new vibes” and new home for his family.
“I’ve been super blessed to even be a Hawk,” Prince said. “They are my family. They accepted me from the moment I stepped foot in Atlanta. I’ll only be thankful. I have only good things to say about the city, ownership, coaches that I’ve had, people that I’ve been around, relationships that I have there that I will forever have. I can’t wait to go back there and play.”
Prince said he likes the direction of the Hawks, especially the recent additions of rookies Cam Reddish and Hunter and the free-agent signing of Jabari Parker.
The Nets team that acquired Prince is much different as well. After the trade, the Nets signed Kevin Durant and Kyrie Irving in free agency.
“Even before that I thought it was a great situation,” Prince said of the singing of the two All-Stars. “They play a lot of fun basketball. They play together. I like the system. Adding them was the whipped cream and the cherry on top.”