#14 Atlanta Hawks
Last Year in Review
Like the Knicks, the Hawks are an institutional mess. Their multi-headed ownership group is in court suing each other, leaving Billy Knight in charge of things as VP and GM. Big mistake, he is one of the two most incompetent GMs in the game along with Philly GM Billy King. Under his watch he has carefully put together a roster made of nothing but 6’8” swingmen and led by undistinguished coaches.
The facts about last year:
Record: 26-56, missed playoffs, last in Southeast Div.
Scoring 97.2 vs. 102.0 ppg
FG%: 45.35% vs. 47.80%
3 pt shooting: 424/1154 .367 vs. 444/1205 .368
Rebounds 40.3 vs. 40.4
Assists 19.8 vs. 20.6
Steals 7.16 vs. 7.28
Blocks 4.80 vs. 5.15
Turnovers 15.1 vs. 14.2
Best players last year were:
Johnson 20.2 pts, 6.5 apg, 1.26 spg
Harrington 18.6 ppg, 6.9 rpg 3.1apg
Pachula 11.7 ppg, 7.9 rpg
Josh Smith 11.3 ppg, 6.6 rpg
Tye Lue 11.0 ppg, 3.1 apg
Josh Childress 10.0 ppg, 5.2 rpg
M. Williams 8.5 ppg, 4.8 rpg
At least they are young and athletic and have tons of cap space. Marvin Williams just turned 20 and could turn out to be a star. He’ll still need a PG to feed him and the best they could do was sign Speedy Claxton. (Let me take a moment to comment on Tyronn Lue. I blame him personally for the Magic falling apart 3 years ago. He sucks. Slow, un-athletic and no discernable playmaking skills absolutely killed the Magic and tore the heart out of T-Mac. Every time I see Lue play I think of how awful a GM John Gabriel was. And yes, he looks like he belongs in the WNBA.)
They needed a PG, a C and toughness. New players include Speedy Claxton who will start in place of Lue, Shelden Williams who is probably not ready to play much of a role this year, and Lorenzen Wright to back up Zaza at C. They gave away their 2nd best player, Al Harrington for cap space. Apparently their goal will be to sign someone like Al Harrington to a free agent contract next summer.
With Harrington given away for free, Williams and the Josh’s will get more minutes. With luck they will improve enough that they will have an Al Harrington type year next year.
Games vs. Magic
4 games. Last year 2-2 with home teams winning all games
Nov 5 @ATL
Nov 25 home
Jan 26 home
Jan 29 @ATL
Odds and Ends
Mike Woodson is 39-125 in his two year career.
Josh Childress shot 55% from the field and 49% from 3 point range but only average 10 ppg in 30 minutes of play. 9 other Hawks shot the ball more than Childress. (Way to distribute the ball Tyronn!)
Marvin Williams was MVP of the Rocky Mountain Review summer league.
26-32 wins, last in