“Ever since I’ve been in the league, ball screens is what I’ve been working on,” said Prince, himself just in his second season. “Ball-handling. Put myself in certain positions to make plays. It just so happens the past two seasons I haven’t really needed to do that because of who we’ve had on the floor – Baze, Dennis (Schroder), last year with Paul (Millsap) and those type of guys. It’s not all about what guys are capable of doing and what you see. Obviously, what you all see is what you limit us to. But at the end of the day, we are working on a lot of things. Situations like this brings out the best in players. It’s like a flower. You see it grow.”
Prince also has a game-winning shot to his credit this season, scoring in the final seconds of a 113-112 win over the Suns on March 4, the Hawks last win before now five straight losses.
As the Hawks rebuild they will add more players through the draft to join Prince and the young nucleus moving forward. He sees progress despite the Hawks’ 20-49 record with 13 games remaining.
“We are getting better in certain areas,” Prince said. “It’s not easy having new guys every week. No excuses. We’ve done a great job of putting all the distractions aside and try to get better with who we have.
“… We’ve done a good job with that with our vet being out in (Bazemore). Other guys have stepped up.”