Rating each team’s NBA Offseason- Atlanta Hawks

Posted: 08/02/2012 by levcohen in Basketball
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Atlanta Hawks:

Key Additions: Kyle Korver (trade), Lou Williams (FA), Devin Harris (trade), Anthony Morrow (trade), Johan Petro (trade), Jordan Williams (trade), DeShawn Stevenson (trade), John Jenkins (draft), Mike Scott (draft), Danny Ferry (GM).

Key Losses: Joe Johnson (trade), Marvin Williams (trade), Kirk Hinrich (FA), Jason Collins (FA), Vladimir Radmanovic (FA), Jerry Stackhouse (FA), Rick Sund (GM)

Grade: A-

I love what the Hawks did here. Some teams want to stay in the middle of the pack (Sixers come to mind) every year, or have delusional images in their mind that their mediocre rosters will turn into a championship team. New GM Danny Ferry clearly understands that the Hawks are going to go backwards before they go forwards. Trading the worst contract in the league in Joe Johnson for expiring contracts is an accomplishment. As is trading overrated Marvin Williams for a decent player (and expiring contract) in Devin Harris. This year, they are going to step back as their starting lineup will probably look like:

Jeff Teague
Anthony Morrow
Josh Smith
Al Horford
Zaza Pachulia

with guys like Harris, Korver, Jenkins and especially Williams coming off the bench. Last year’s lineup was pretty much the same, but Horford was injured for most of the season and with Joe Johnson at SG instead of Morrow. Their bench has gotten deeper and more talented. So they are still solid, and will likely sneak into the playoffs (main competition will be teams like Bucks, Cavs, Sixers). But it’s clear that they are intending to be big buyers in next year’s free agency. Chris Paul-Dwight Howard combo a possibility?

Projected usual 12 man active roster:

PG: Jeff Teague, Devin Harris
SG: Anthony Morrow, Lou Williams, John Jenkins
SF: Kyle Korver, DeShawn Stevenson
PF: Josh Smith, Mike Scott
C: Al Horford, Zaza Pachulia, Johan Petro

Projected Minutes breakdown:

PG: Teague (26), Harris (20), Williams (2)
SG: Morrow (15), Williams (25), Jenkins (6), Korver (2)
SF: Smith (15), Morrow (12), Korver (12), Jenkins (5), Stevenson (4)
PF: Smith (22), Horford (18), Scott (8)
C: Horford (18), Pachulia (17), Petro (11), Scott (2)

Minute Projections for each player:

Smith: 37
Horford: 36
Williams: 27
Morrow: 27
Teague: 26
Harris: 20
Pachulia: 17
Korver: 14
Jenkins: 11
Petro: 11
Scott: 10
Stevenson: 4

Last year’s stats for each player:

Al Horford (injured most of season): 12 points, 7 rebounds, 2 assists, 1.3 blocks, 1 steal per game
Josh Smith: 19 points, 9.5 rebounds, 4 assists, 1.7 blocks, 1.4 steals per game
Lou Williams: 15 points, 2.5 rebounds, 3.5 assists, .8 steals per game
Anthony Morrow: 12 points, 2 rebounds, 1 assist per game
Jeff Teague: 12.5 points, 2.5 rebounds, 5 assists, 1.6 steals per game
Devin Harris: 11 points, 2 rebounds, 5 assists, 1 steal per game
Zaza Pachulia: 8 points, 8 rebounds, 1.5 assists, .9 steals per game
Kyle Korver: 8 points, 1.5 rebounds, 2 assists per game
John Jenkins: COLLEGE
Yohan Petro: 4 points, 4 rebounds per game
Mike Scott: COLLEGE
DeShawn Stevenson:3 points, 2 rebounds per game

What Each player brings to the team:

Smith: Inside Scoring, great D, decent outside touch, rebounds
Horford: Low post scoring, rebounding, good passing, defense
Williams: Explosiveness, scoring off the bench, outside shooting
Morrow: Streaky, 93% FT shooter, Outside shooting
Teague: Perimeter D, passing
Harris: Passing, explosiveness
Pachulia: Size, rebounding, inside D
Korver: Outside shooting, scoring off the bench
Jenkins: Outside shooting, scoring off the bench, defense
Petro: size, Depth
Scott: size, depth, rebounding
Stevenson: depth, shooting

Each player’s weaknesses:

Smith: Temper, bone headed, often looks for a long jumper, FT
Horford: Undersized
Williams: defense, ball stopper
Morrow: Rebounding, ball stopper
Teague: outside shooting
Harris: defense
Pachulia: scoring, shooting
Korver: everything other than scoring
Jenkins: ^
Petro: everything
Scott: everything
Stevenson: everything

  1. philabundant says:

    Awesome post, 5tool. Quiet day at the olympics?

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