Hawks Add To Size with 6’11” Antić

Thursday, July 25, 2013
By Jaryd Wilson

The Hawks announced the signing of 6’11” Republic of Macedonia center Pero Antić Thursday, adding to what is becoming a crowded frontcourt.

Antić becomes the tallest player on Atlanta’s roster (the Hawks have not signed draft picks Lucas Nogueira (7’0″) or Mike Muscala (6’11”) yet), and he should see playing time as the backup center.

Antić, at 6’11”, is surprisingly versatile for a man of his size, moving well at both ends of the floor.  His 115 three-point attempts (32%) in Euroleague proves that not only can he make the long ball, but he’s not afraid to shoot it.  The Hawks have also added another good free throw-shooting big, as Antić shot 71 percent from the line last season with Olympiacos.

With Al Horford, Elton Brand and Paul Millsap signed, Antić is the fourth official forward on the roster.  Mike Scott is there too and is coming off a strong Summer League performance.  Millsap has played small forward in the past and may be called upon to do so again if Antić is in the game.

A quote from Danny Ferry: “Pero is a skilled and versatile big man who will add depth to our frontcourt. He will fit in well with what we’re building and we’re excited to add him to the team.”

Read the full press release on Hawks.com.

What do you think of the signing Hawks fans?

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