Posts Tagged ‘ Atlanta Hawks ’

HAWKS DECLAW RAPTORS

With an impressive win Sunday, November 28, the Hawks overpowered the Toronto Raptors 96 – 78. After beating the New York Knicks 99 – 90 less than 24 hours ago, the Hawks were able to keep that momentum and not skip a beat in the Raptors beat down. Toronto’s defensecould not keep up with the Hawks OUTSTANDING ball movement as we saw Atlanta operate Larry Drew’s motion offense to a “T”.

Continue reading

Advertisements

JOE JOHNSON AFTER CONTRACT REVIEW

After signing the largest contract by any Free Agent this summer (6 year, $123 Million), Joe Johnson has gotten a lot of heat from fans and critics alike. After 14 games into the 2010-2011 Regular Season of Joe’s new contract, the 29 year old has not even been close to proving his contract. Where we have seen our frontcourt of Josh Smith and Al Horford scream out of the gates putting up numbers that have them both ranked #1 in the NBA for their respectful positions. Joe has put up numbers that don’t even rank him in the Top 15 SG in the league (16). Coming off of a 2009-2010 campaign with regular season stats of 21.9 ppg / 4.9 apg / 4.7 rpg, this season we have seen a drop in all categories except assists. After the Boston Celtics game, Joe this season has scored 17.6 ppg / 5 apg / 3.6 rpg. Joe’s shooting % is the lowest it’s been since his rookie year (42.8%) and is shooting the  lowest 3 point % in his 9 year career (25.4%).

Here are 2 reasons why Joe has been sub par this season:

Continue reading

HORFORD IS EXTENDED

With a 50-50 chance on November 1st for the Hawks to resign the All-Star Center to a contract, Al Horford and the Atlanta Front Office have agreed to resign him to a five year $60 Million. This deal is equivalent to the extension deal Joakim Noah received from the Chicago Bulls a couple months ago. This is fair due to Horford and Noah both being highly valued, servicable, young Centers in the league. The Hawks had to resign the Restricted Free Agent (RFA) by the 11:59pm deadline on Monday to prevent him from being on the market next summer.

Continue reading

HAWKS ROSTER GRADES

The 2010-2011 regular season starts on October 27 and the Hawks have their roster set. Here’s the depth chart. Let’s take a look at the Hawks roster from Point Guard to Center and pick apart the Hawks changes this offseason to see how this team is different from earlier years. Here are the 2010-2011 Atlanta Hawks position grades, head coach grade, and overall grade:

Continue reading

PRESEASON MAGIC @ HAWKS

Dwight Howard, Josh SmithConsidering we were fresh off of an embarrassing Playoff series with the Orlando Magic, losing by an average of 25 points, people predicted this game to be a heated battle for the Hawks to reclaim their credibility. Boy were they wrong. This nationally telivized game was no different than the playoffs with the Magic dominating the Hawks in a 102-73 beat down. 29 points… 29 POINTS!!! I don’t care if this is a playoff game or a preseason game, this game was a measuring stick to determine whether or not our team has turned the other cheek and improved mentally. They didn’t.

Continue reading

HAWKS PRESEASON OPENER

In a losing effort (115-111), the Hawks preseason opener went to Overtime against a healthy and determined Memphis Grizzlies. Jamal Crawford and rookie Pape Sy (6’7″ PG) did not play due to injury. These were two of the players that I wished to watch due to their drama packed summers. Jamal is dealing with trying to get Atlanta to offer a contract extension and Pape had to come to terms and be bought out from his international contract with the French Club, LeHavre. After it was clear Pape had come to terms and was coming to play in the NBA, Atlanta signed him to a 3 year contract with a guaranteed contract for rookie minimum in the 1st year. Even though these 2 were sidelined, I was still excited to see what kind of role players like Jeff Teague and rookie Jordan Crawford were going to have on this team. Overall, this game was a showcase for players with question marks on what they were capable of.

Continue reading

HAWKS TALK EXTENSION WITH AL HORFORD

In a desperate attempt to keep the team together, the Hawks are talking with Al Horford about extending his contract. The Hawks Starting Center has an expiring contract next year and would become a restricted Free Agent. The Hawks have until October 31st to sign Al or he will become a Free Agent next summer. In a league where good Centers are hard to come by, Al would be risky to let go into Free Agency next year due to the Hawks’ lack of finances and lucrative contracts other teams are willing to put on the table. If Horford were to go into Free Agency next summer, we would have to match or increase any offer another team offers to Al, or else we lose him. Being a first time All-Star last year, Al would be a big Free Agent next summer with lots of suitors.

Continue reading