18 Days Until the Atlanta Hawks’ Season

Sunday, October 13, 2013
By Jaryd Wilson

Atlanta Hawks vs Miami Heat

We are counting down the days until the Hawks’ season-opener in Dallas by giving you 50 things to be excited about this year. With 18 days left, today’s reason is…

DeMarre Carroll

The Junkyard Dog is one of seven new additions to the Hawks’ roster this year and will certainly help the team, especially defensively.  Carroll is a small forward who can guard the 2, 3 or 4 positions, as he has both size and athleticism.  Coach Bud has started Carroll in each of the first two preseason games, and Carroll has produced.  He slowed down MVP LeBron James in the opener against Miami and handled himself very well defensively against a slew of rotating Bobcats in game 2.

Offensively, Carroll’s numbers won’t “wow” you this season, but he’ll do enough to make defenses pay attention.  He has 22 points and seven rebounds through two games with the Hawks, with are well above his career totals.  He has never played more than 17 minutes per game in his career, but that figures to change if Bud leaves him in the starting lineup.  Even if he doesn’t start, he’ll play a steady part in the rotation.

And lastly, you can’t talk about Carroll without talking about maximum effort.  The guy plays hard on every possession, which is why he’s such a pain in the neck for opposing teams.  That gritty, hard-nosed player is perfect for Bud’s system.  We’re excited to have him.

We also want your input. What are you most excited about this upcoming season.  Leave a comment below to let us know, and we may feature your idea in our countdown!

Day 50 – New Faces
Day 49 – First Pelicans Visit
Day 48 – Hawks Social Media
Day 47 – Dennis Schröder
Day 46 – Celebrities at Philips Arena
Day 45 – All-Star Game
Day 44 – Hawks Footwear
Day 43 – Sky Hawk and the Sky Squad
Day 42 – Bakersfield Jam
Day 41 – John Jenkins & Mike Scott
Day 40 – SkyView Atlanta
Day 39 – Drew and Pachulia’s Return
Day 38 – Junior Cheerleaders
Day 37 – Production Day
Day 36 – Hawks Intro Video
Day 35 – Overtime Games
Day 34 – Fan Experiences
Day 33 – Learning Foreign Languages
Day 32 – Gustavo Ayón
Day 31 – Open Practice
Day 30 – Live Streaming/Hawks.com
Day 29 – Ryan Cameron
Day 28 – Bob Rathbun & Dominique Wilkins
Day 27 – Paul Millsap
Day 26 – Hawks Shop
Day 25 – Players On Twitter
Day 24 – Kiss Cam
Day 23 – Hawks 6th Man
Day 22 – Harry The Hawk
Day 21 – Junior Cheerleaders
Day 20 – Hawks In Transition
Day 19 – Crazy Half-Court Shots at Halftime

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