Halfway Home

Friday, January 14, 2011
By Jon Newberry

Well, add one more thing to the list of problems caused by Atlanta’s “Blizzard of 2011″… I was all set to do the midseason update on the Hawks, but Tuesday’s postponement has us one game short of the actual halfway mark. Oh well, we are going for it anyway.

There were a few big questions that Hawks fans had entering the season:
- How will the Hawks adapt to Larry Drew’s offense
- Will Jeff Teague take on a bigger role with this team
- Can the Hawks find a way to compete with BIG centers (aka Dwight Howard)

Let me tackle these one by one.

How will the Hawks adapt to Larry Drew’s offense?

Coach Drew’s offense promised more movement and less isolations, developments that would lead to a more balanced attack.

To help judge how effective the change has been, let me throw a few stats at you.
- The Hawks are one of only two teams (Knicks)  in the league with four different players averaging over 15 points per game.
- The Hawks are one of only five teams in the league that have six players averaging double-digits.

There have been games where the Hawks haven’t been able to hit the broad side of a barn (see Nov. 22 vs. BOS), but for the most part the improvements that were promised have come to fruition.

Recently the offense has looked even better with the team averaging over 107 points during the current winning streak. Both Joe and Jamal are getting plenty of good looks, and the team is shooting an amazing 44% from behind the arc over that same span.

Will Jeff Teague Take On a Bigger Role with this Team?

Not everything can go exactly as planned… and that is not necessarily a bad thing. Jeff Teague has not blossomed as quickly as many Hawks fans had hoped this season. That is partly due to some inconsistent play by Teague, but also due to the impressive play by Mike Bibby.

Teague has had games where he doesn’t take care of the ball as well as Coach Drew would like and he has not proven that he can play the role of a lock down defender up to this point. Jeff has given fans a glimpse of his potential (see Dec 16 @ BOS – 18 pts) and continues to improve.

Bibby has made it tough for LD to take him off the court since he has scorched the nets all season long. He is currently third in the NBA in 3-point percentage (48.5%) and fourth in the league in total 3-pointers made (83).

Can  the Hawks Find a Way to Compete with BIG Centers?

Who would have guessed that a slim “Twin” would have such an impact on the 2010-11 Hawks? Jason Collins has already played more than twice as many minutes than he did during the entire 2009-10 campaign. He has started 14 games and his presence has made a noticeable difference when the Hawks are up against a 7-footer.

When LD goes with the big starting line-up it shifts Al over to power forward, a position that coach feels is much more natural for Horford. On top of that, Collins’ is able to keep even the biggest players in the league out of the lane, which means Atlanta is no longer forced to aggressively double-team when the ball goes into the post.

One final note for those of you out there that love stats, game notes, etc…
The Hawks need to win on Saturday night to stay on pace to improve their record for the sixth straight season.

22 Responses to “Halfway Home”

  1. Hawk Insider( aka J-SmOOvE)

    I hope this isnt a season ending injury.

    #2129
  2. Hawk Insider( aka J-SmOOvE)

    its been 15 years since an atlanta team has won a title. Rick Sund isnt doin anything to improve his team except for getting big paychecks and vacationing when he could be improving this team. steve nash is a guy atlanta most definently needs to go after. but as long as rick sund is gm he will say its tooo risky. we have a bunch of overpaid players on this team that arent really producing. marvin williams, zaza pachulia, and mo evans. if u add their saleries that would be about 13 millon dollars. 13 million we could have spent on some really productive players. shake my head hawks fron office when are you going to wake up and see that the atlanta hawks championship contenders! it makes me mad every day that the hawks cant even improve my rebuilding and investing in some good players. no wonder atlanta isnt mentioned in the media and arent recognized as a good overall team. Rick Sund get off your fatt ass and start maaking some moves that wont make atlanta fans feel ashamed to know that there basketball team is the same unproductive team in the nba. if u ask any other nba teams fan how they see the atlanta hawks they would say that they’re team can beat the hawks anyday. Im out.

    #2134
    • Anonymous

      look im born and raised in atl all we need is a center and a point guard dwight howard is a free agent at the end of the season and so is chris paul. Now picture dwight howard josh smith al horford joe johnson and chris paul the perfect team then dwight howard gets to come back home to atl to play and he and cp3 make atl atlanta a powerhouse with all most a starting five to come off the bench

      #2146
      • Anonymous

        We can all dream. Your are in a sleep that will never wake up if you think atl will spend that kind of money

        #2149
  3. Mr. Hawk

    @Hawk Insider(aka J-SmOOvE). Man you are totally right!!! I’m becoming very frustrated with the situation, but i’m only a FAN!! The same team for the last 3 or 4 years cannot go any further. Why is it that they are not making any moves, or why haven’t anyone heard of moves that are trying to be made? We hear about Carmelo trade rumors everyday. Orlando, Phoenix, New York, New Jersey, the Clippers, the Bobcats and Portland are trying to improve their personel everyday. Marvin, Zaza, Mo and Teague can be pieces that the Hawks need to dangle out their for trade bait. Aren’t they tired of going to the playoffs and getting no further than the past year. COME ON RICK!!! Let’s make a few moves, PLEASE!!!

    #2135
    • Anonymous

      Joe Johnson needs to be the key player to be included in a trade that will bring what we need.

      #2150
  4. HAWKSINSIDER

    yall think about marvin and bibby make 12 million dollars so trade them for andre iguodala mo zaza and teage make about 7 million if we could do a three team trade we will have a dominating team with jamal not getting an extision maybe we could trade him for bogut are caman comon rick make some trades

    #2136
  5. Hawk Insider( aka J-SmOOvE)

    Im doin a poll here: Who here likes Rick Sund?

    #2137
  6. Mr. Hawk

    If i’m “the average” fan and I know what the Hawks need to do, then it obvious the upper management of the team knows. Is it me or is Marvin Williams trying to stay hurt long enough so the Hawks can’t trade him? I’m just asking. WE NEED A CENTER AND A POINT GUARD! Can we stop acting like we don’t please? It’s SUPERSIMPLE!! Can we generate some talk, can we make players want to come here? Pape Sy was a bad move; $500,000 gone! Etan Thomas is only here for fouling Dwight Howard; Bad Move. Maurice Evans is servicable, but there has to be better talent at that backup position; saving money move. Jeff Teague is a good young talent but isn’t ready to run an NBA team. Good future move, but we need a second point guard with experience. Marvin Williams wouldn’t start on any other team, he’s too inconsistent and the Hawks got caught up in the hype. You know you need to trade him “move”. <– Gerald Wallace, i'm just saying!! Zaza Pachulia is a good player who brings energy when he comes in, if he were to bring in points,rebounds and blocked shots it would be better. Fan Favorite move.<— Varejo; his partner LeBron "Blames" is gone, he can give us some energy.

    #2138
    • HAWKSINSIDER

      Hawks forward Marvin Williams (back) on Saturday ran for the first time since suffering his injury on Dec. 29.

      “It felt good,” he said Sunday. “I woke up this morning without too much soreness in my back, so I was pretty excited about that.”

      Williams had started to round into form in his return from a right knee injury when he bruised his back in a game against Golden State. In the seven games prior to that one, Williams had averaged 16 points, 5.7 rebounds and 33 minutes while shooting 54 percent from the field.

      “Bad timing,” he said. “I was getting back right with my knee, and then it was my back. But it happens like that sometimes. Hopefully when I come back from this I will be straight for the rest of the season.”

      #2139
    • HAWKSINSIDER

      but i think he is faking

      #2140
      • Hawk Insider( aka J-SmOOvE)

        No ones gonna want to trade for marvin. As u said it, he’s to inconsistent. He needs to be given a pay cut and taken to the d-league to work on his game.

        #2143
  7. hawk fan

    Is it just me but how do you expect a player to develop if you never use him Jeff Teague plays well against boston next night logs a dnp I dont understand what you expect from the kid but when the minutes are there the kid produces numbers. I mean what do you expect in 5 mins a night when your playing beside jamal crawford to avg 4 pts 2 ast in 5 mins sounds good to me

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  8. DaGoodzluvzdahawkz

    Y wont nobody listen, i mean u dont have to b a genius 2 figure out where we’re going wrong as a team. I know u have 2 have chemistry on ur team 2 b great but u also have 2 b smart 2 make the business side of things work as well, good business would b 2 give some of the younger stars their shot. how r jeff and jordan going 2 prove their worth if they aint out on the floor. and how we going 2 compete with the big name teams of the east if we dont bulk up our front court. we used 2 b the team wit too many guards and small forwards, now we got too many small and power forwards.

    if there is anybody who can get Dominique and company to look at this reply please do, but we should be running something like this if we want a shot at more than the second round

    starters bench
    J. Teague M. Bibby
    J. Johnson Ja. Crawford
    J. Smith P. Sy
    A. Horford Z. Pachulia
    __________ J. Collins/E. Thomas

    reserves
    Jo. Crawford
    D. Wilkins

    okay players on the team that aint in these line-ups should be used to try and get H. Thabeet away from Memphis. Yeah i know alot of yall gone say he aint proven but what can u prove comin off the bench behind 2 guys M. Gasol/D. Arthur, gotta get minutes 2 get better. That’s y u c J. Teague as a starter and P. Sy in my 2nd unit. If u look at all the young stars who r doing good/great, they getting on the floor and showing what they got. And just think if we get 6-8 pts. and 8-12 rebs. out of Thabeet its going 2 b a plus for the team. Adding Teague to the starting line-up will give us that much needed speed 2 keeep up wit alot of the faster teams in the east and he pretty decent on defense. P. Sy remind me of B. Diaw and I’m hopin we dont find out how good he is once he gone just like Diaw. Love what the front office doing wit the squad, just sayin stay open 2 suggestions so that we will b able 2 compete longer in the post season

    #2148
  9. HAWKSINSIDER

    the about that trade greg is proned to get injured easily

    #2145