Posts Tagged ‘ Jamal Crawford ’

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:

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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.

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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.

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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.

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