Radmanovic Fills a Void

Monday, December 12, 2011
By Jon Newberry

Vladimir Radmanovic has hit 916 shots from behind the arc from his position at power forward. The Hawks haven’t had a “stretch 4” in recent years …you could argue that they haven’t had one since Rasheed Wallace wore a Hawks uniform for one game in 2004… and his ability to spread the floor could provide real problems for opponents this season.

“He fits that mold,” said Coach Drew the day after news broke of the signing. “He’s a 4 that can really stretch the defense. We did a lot of homework on him. Certainly when you have a 4 that can go out to the 3-point line, it gives you an added weapon. With Joe’s ability to force double-teams to focus on him, having that 4 that can go out there and stretch it… it just gives you an added weapon.”

Joe’s ability to draw a double-team is well documented, but T-Mac should also demand that type of attention with the second unit because of the match-up problems he creates. Add in the fact that the Hawks will start a point guard that should be able to regularly beat his man off the dribble (Jeff Teague) for the first time in almost a decade and a knock down shooter at the 4-spot is definitely a dangerous weapon.

It is true that you never know how pieces will mesh into a system until you get out on the court and start playing some games… but on paper Radmanovic looks like a solid addition for Atlanta.

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