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Old 08-14-2013, 08:11 PM   #16
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Default Re: ISH's FIVE QUESTIONS: Atlanta Hawks Edition

Josh was the hawks' best player? yea...no.
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Old 08-14-2013, 08:32 PM   #17
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Old 08-14-2013, 09:38 PM   #18
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Default Re: ISH's FIVE QUESTIONS: Atlanta Hawks Edition

1. TRUE or FALSE: The Atlanta Hawks had a successful offseason.
False. Lots of cap space, big ambition. Was only able to re-sign a roleplayer and a really good PG (probably their #2 or #3 best player from last season?). Drafted great though. But missing out on a marquee C to move Horford to PF really hurts.

2. One word to describe the Atlanta Hawks roster is:
Mediocre. Some good pieces - Horford, Millsap, Teague - and some nice young pieces - Schroeder and Jenkins - and some nice prospects overseas - Nogueira and Muscala. But the active roster overall is pretty mediocre. It's a well-constructed roster (besides Horford playing PF), but just lacks that oomph to be anything more than a low seed, possibly missing the playoffs.

3. TRUE or FALSE: Mike Budenholzer was a smart hire for this team.
True. He's a Pop disciple. Or "Popsicle" as bagelred said in another thread.

4. Will Atlanta Hawks lack of a true center hurt them?
I'd say so. Horford's natural position is PF. I like Millsap, but the Hawks would've been better served signing a legitimate C to move Horford back to PF.

5. TRUE or FALSE: The Atlanta Hawks will make the playoffs this season.
False. I think they can contend for a spot. But I think other fringe EC teams have improved too much and will surpass them - Clev, Was, Det.
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Old 08-18-2013, 01:49 PM   #19
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Old 08-19-2013, 05:13 AM   #20
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Default Re: ISH's FIVE QUESTIONS: Atlanta Hawks Edition

1. TRUE or FALSE: The Atlanta
Hawks had a successful offseason.

FALSE. They just gave up a stronger PF for weaker one.

2. One word to describe the Atlanta
Hawks roster is:

Pretty decent, have a weakness on SF side.

3. TRUE or FALSE: Mike
Budenholzer was a smart hire for
this team.

FALSE. They just had to keep on their old coach.

4. Will Atlanta Hawks lack of a true
center hurt them?

No, Horford is a Top 10 center.
5. TRUE or FALSE: The Atlanta
Hawks will make the playoffs this
season.

TRUE. They will still manage to climb to the 5-7th seed.
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Old 08-20-2013, 01:31 AM   #21
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1. False
2. Lost
3. True
4. Yes
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Old 08-20-2013, 11:15 AM   #22
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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?

Today's team?

The ATLANTA HAWKS

Current Roster

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.
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Old 08-21-2013, 05:34 PM   #23
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1. TRUE or FALSE: The Atlanta Hawks had a successful offseason.

false. it wasn't successful in the sense that they really haven't built a contender. but it also wasn't as terrible, as say, the Bobcats.

2. One word to describe the Atlanta Hawks roster is:

mediocre

3. TRUE or FALSE: Mike Budenholzer was a smart hire for this team.

don't know enough about him to comment

4. Will Atlanta Hawks lack of a true center hurt them?

yes. Horford needs to be put back in his natural position.

5. TRUE or FALSE: The Atlanta Hawks will make the playoffs this season.

will fight for 8th spot with Detroit. Cavs and Washington has 6 and 7 locked up.
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1. TRUE or FALSE: The Atlanta Hawks had a successful offseason.

2. One word to describe the Atlanta Hawks roster is:
preposterous
3. TRUE or FALSE: Mike Budenholzer was a smart hire for this team.

4. Will Atlanta Hawks lack of a true center hurt them?
hell yes
5. TRUE or FALSE: The Atlanta Hawks will make the playoffs this season.

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Old 08-26-2013, 11:25 PM   #25
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1. TRUE or FALSE: The Atlanta Hawks had a successful offseason.

True, seemingly drafted well and they shed themselves of the talented Josh Smith. He had no reigns there, how they could not stop him shooting is beyond me. Then picked up Millsap who is likely a better 3pt shooter but intelligently elects not to shoot them.

Gave to much money to korver but hey, he brings the hot sauce.


2. One word to describe the Atlanta Hawks roster is:
Smurfs

3. TRUE or FALSE: Mike Budenholzer was a smart hire for this team.

?
4. Will Atlanta Hawks lack of a true center hurt them?

Yes, more so against strong reb... stupid question, obvious answer
5. TRUE or FALSE: The Atlanta Hawks will make the playoffs this season.
false
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Old 08-29-2013, 05:19 PM   #26
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1. TRUE or FALSE: The Atlanta Hawks had a successful offseason.

True. Had a decent draft considering the talent available and maintained most of their cap flexibility. Although losing Josh Smith for nothing wasn't great, I'd still say they're on Indy's "rebuild without completely tanking" plan. Dwight Howard was always a pipe dream.

2. One word to describe the Atlanta Hawks roster is:

Mediocre. This a team that can be competitive on any night, but they're not built with winning much in mind. Danny Ferry seems to be taking the long view. Its respectable as long as the ownership is on board.

3. TRUE or FALSE: Mike Budenholzer was a smart hire for this team.

True. Any coach that has come up under a master like Popovich has to be worth giving a shot.

4. Will Atlanta Hawks lack of a true center hurt them?

I think having Al Horford play out of position has hurt his entire career. The guy is a power forward and deserves a chance to see what he can do playing next to a legit big.

5. TRUE or FALSE: The Atlanta Hawks will make the playoffs this season.

False. Just not enough talent there. If they slide in then John Wall or Kyrie Irving probably had an injury.
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