Analysis: Hawks Sign Free Agent PF Paul Millsap

Wednesday, July 10, 2013
By Micah Hart

The Hawks have several roster moves left to make before all is said and done this offseason, but one big move was announced today, as Atlanta officially signed former Jazz power forward Paul Millsap.

Call me biased if you like, but I think Millsap is a great addition to the Hawks. He’s a hard-working, blue-collar player, who brings an efficient low-post game that should provide a nice complement to Al Horford.

Millsap was a second-round pick in the 2006 NBA Draft, largely because he was perceived as an undersized post player despite becoming the first player in NCAA history to lead the nation in rebounding for three straight seasons.

But rebounding has been proven to be a skill that translates very well from college to the pros, and Millsap has proven himself very deft on the glass, averaging over 7 rebounds a game for his career, which is impressive considering he spent half his career coming off the bench.

He’s also a guy who knows his strengths and weaknesses on offense, getting the bulk of his points around the rim, and has also shown a solid mid-range touch as well.

We’ll have more analysis on how Millsap will fit into the Hawks plans in the coming weeks, but for now, welcome to the ATL Paul!

What do you think of the signing?

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6 Responses to “Analysis: Hawks Sign Free Agent PF Paul Millsap”

  1. Daniel

    Millsap is great because he’s got a great basketball IQ and doesn’t rely only on his physical abilities. He also is actually going to play the post unlike someone else we just parted ways with…

    Don’t underestimate how a high IQ player can help make other players on the team better. Korver, Millsap and Horford are a great core to the team.

  2. Reginald Lamar Bramber II


  3. Ramin

    You guys are going to love Millsap. At first glance his stats may look underwhelming, but that is entirely because our (Jazz) coach team the entire offense through Al Jefferson. Millsap has a ridiculously versatile game…and as someone above mentioned, he has basketball IQ and heart that can’t be taught. You have a lot to look forward to this year…

  4. Arnett

    We need a 7 foot center so that Al can move to his true spot of power forward.

  5. Pannabis

    solid sign, the only (possible) problem is starting him at 4 (6’8) and Horford at 5 (6’10) their post are pretty undersized, but i am sure they should overcome this, there aren’t many better post compo then these 2, so far I can think of it’s Chicago’s and Indiana’s