Practice Report: Hawks Work On Shooting
That seems to be the one consistent weakness throughout the summer for the Atlanta Hawks. On the final day of practice in Las Vegas, that’s all (literally) that thy worked on.
As a team, the Hawks are shooting 43 percent, which isn’t terrible. However, they’ve gotten worse as the week has progressed, culminating in a 32 percent performance last night against Portland. As I’ve said, the percentage isn’t as important as the shot quality in the summer, and I feel like the Hawks have gotten quality shots for the most part.
Nevertheless, Coach Bud and his staff clearly made it a point to get the guys some shots in practice today. They first broke off by position to work with assistants and development personnel on skill shooting. Guards worked on stepping around defenders while driving and coming off screens, while bigs worked on popping off picks and short pull-ups.
The coaches followed with a lengthy series of shooting competitions, followed by free throw practice.
John Jenkins, Dennis Schröder, Jared Cunningham and Shelvin Mack are all shooting under 40 percent for the week. Maybe tomorrow is the breakout shooting game we’ve been waiting for.
All in all, it was a quick practice full of technique. The team didn’t talk any strategy and didn’t do any full-court work.