Originally Posted by bagelred
It's August 1st!!! No draft, signings done, no Summer League. Two months of nothingness......so it's time to do some ANALYSIS!!! One team at a time!!!
A brand new series which is not similar to any other sports websites idea....called....... ISH's FIVE QUESTIONS.
So let's go through the league alphabetically, shall we?
The ATLANTA HAWKS
PG - Teague/Shroeder/Mack
SG - Williams/Jenkins/Cunningham
SF - Korver/Stevenson
PF - Millsap/Brand/Antic/Scott
C - Horford/Ayon
Head Coach: Mike Budenholzer
GM: Danny Ferry
1. TRUE or FALSE: The Atlanta Hawks had a successful offseason.
2. One word to describe the Atlanta Hawks roster is:
3. TRUE or FALSE: Mike Budenholzer was a smart hire for this team.
4. Will Atlanta Hawks lack of a true center hurt them?
5. TRUE or FALSE: The Atlanta Hawks will make the playoffs this season.
You can elaborate on your answers.
1) I do think it was a successful offseason. Loved their draft. In my mock draft there were teams that had I been running I could've seen chasing Schroeder way up at 7-10 range. And I also really like Bebe. After getting an extended look at him in summer league, it's still not clear to me why Noel was considered a top five prospect and Bebe was being put into the 20s. They're extremely similar. The Millsap deal was among the best talent per dollar signings of the year, weather he fits or not. And the Teague deal, which I didn't think was going to happen because why not just let Schroeder go if he's gonna be on the roster, but it was a good deal money wise as well. I don't know that it all fits, but they're accrueing assets at this point. They did overpay Korver though.
2) I like that Flexible answer in the first few responses. Undersized also comes to mind. A Brand, Horford, Millsap frontline is rife for defensive switching, but all of them are small. There are centers in the league, but except for the stretches when Indy really feeds Hibbert, and if Bynum is bowling, those are the only guys who'll present size issues on that end. And all the Hawks undersized guys are good rebounders. Especially if you play Millsap at the 3.
3) I just don't know enough about Mike Budenholzer to say for sure. But obviously the SA pedigree is a nice start. Especially since you know the GM has a history their, so you can guess they're on the same page.
4) I guess this goes back to 2. Against a select few teams, sure. But Brand and Horford have both played good minutes in the hole over the years. And I think they can make up for it some by playing Millsap at the three, which really boosts the rebounding. And Bebe next to those guys some at the four or five. He won't hold up physically against some guys, but if you put Horford on the body and let Bebe roam, you can make up some of the limitations on the rim protection front.
5) I think they're in mix for that last spot, or last two spots. The top four are set in my mind. Five and Six are probably Detroit and The Knicks. Seven and Eight could go to a handfull of teams, although I particularly like Washington out of that next wave.