Feb 28, 2023 - Sports

Welcome (back) to Atlanta, Quin Snyder

We're excited too, Quin! Photo: Chris Gardner/Getty Images

Atlanta Hawks fans will get their first look at new head coach Quin Snyder Tuesday night as the team takes on the Washington Wizards.

Why it matters: The former Utah Jazz coach is tasked with turning around a team that has been the picture of mediocrity following a surprising run to the Eastern Conference Finals two seasons ago.

Driving the news: Atlanta hired Snyder, who worked as an assistant Hawks coach for one season roughly a decade ago, on a five-year deal over the weekend because of his track record of establishing a winning culture, solid relationships with his players and developing talent while holding them accountable, ESPN reports.

The intrigue: His relationship with Trae Young, the Hawks' young star player, will go a long way in determining how successful Atlanta can be.

  • This will be Young's third head coach since he was drafted five years ago. (Fourth if you include Joe Prunty's brief interim stint this season.)

State of play: The Hawks enter Tuesday with a 31-30 record and the eighth seed in the East having won their last two games.

💭 Ross' thought bubble: Welp, Mr. Snyder. You have your work cut out for you but the talent is there to make a playoff run.

  • The Hawks aren't on the level of the East's elite. But with the right coaching, leadership and accountability, they very well could be.
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