ATLANTA — The last time the Atlanta Hawks started a rookie in a playoff game was 2014 when Pero Antic got the call. Prior to that it was Al Horford in 2008. When Coach Mike Budenholzer joined “The Midday Show with Rick and John” on Thursday, he said he was “leaning” toward Taurean Prince joining the starting five when the team takes on Washington.
Rick Kamla asked Coach Bud about the notion of the starting five looking like Tim Hardaway Jr. at the 2 with Prince playing the 3. Then Thabo Sefolosha “and the other guys coming off behind them.” Budenholzer didn’t commit to anything, but did offer a direction.
“We’ll talk about it in the next day or two,” said Budenholzer. “I think Taurean’s done a great job with all the responsibility, all the opportunity he’s been given. [Were] very, very happy with the way he’s playing. I think leaning it is a good way to describe it. I’ll just say we’re really happy with Taurean. He’s a good two-way player, he gives you a lot of things on both ends of the court, his ability to drive and attack. He’s finding teammates, he’s getting to the paint,he can kick it out for 3. [He’s] just doing a lot of things really well. I would certainly say that’s the direction we’re leaning.”
You can listen to Coach Bud’s entire interview with “The Midday Show” by clicking below and you can also watch Kamla and Hawks pre- and postgame host Mike Conti discuss the topic in the video above.