Archives For October 2012

Hawks Waive Carldell Johnson

Bo Churney —  October 17, 2012

Atlanta has waived guard Carldell “Squeaky” Johnson. The 5′-10″ Johnson only played in one game this preseason, which was against the Spurs. He put up an unimpressive line (one assist, one steal, 0-3 shooting), and was also the one guarding Nando De Colo when he hit the game winning three with 0.6 seconds left.

This move isn’t surprising. The team already has a solid backcourt rotation with Teague, Williams, Harris, Morrow, Stevenson, and Jenkins. I’m not sure why he was on the training camp roster (which now sits at 16 players), because he really had no shot to begin with.

Good luck to Carldell, wherever he may land.

In his season forecast for the Hawks, ESPN’s John Hollinger has predicted that the Hawks will finished sixth in the East with a 45-37 record. (link requires ESPN Insider)

It might be a bit of a stretch to call this a “coup” for the Hawks, but considering Hollinger predicted the Hawks to finished 9th in the East with a .500 record last year, it definitely shows improvement in the eyes of the media. (Especially Hollinger, who takes in a lot of Hawks basketball)

Hollinger does lament that the loss of Joe Johnson and Marvin Williams does damage to Atlanta defensively: “On paper, the starting wings are Morrow and Korver, leaving it unclear how the Hawks will prevent any good wing from hanging 30 on them.” Continue Reading…

Smoove and Horford

Basketball is finally back for the Hawks! Atlanta will open later today against the defending champions, the Miami Heat.

Of course, the outcome of this game doesn’t really mean much of anything, but there are a few things to watch out for:

  • Al Horford. We did get to see him play in a few games in the playoff series against Boston, but this will be the first time that fans get to see a fully-healthy Horford play since January. Since Horford is likely to take a larger role on offense, it will be interesting to see if he has plays thrown his way to test how adept he is at creating his own offense. Also, Al is such a fun player to watch, so it will be nice just to see him out there at full strength. Continue Reading…

Per Chris Vivlamore at the AJC, the Hawks have added former Georgia Tech wing Isma’il Muhammad to the training camp roster. His addition brings the number of players at training camp to 19.

Muhammad was part of GT’s Final Four team back in the 03-04 season. He quickly became a fan favorite for doing things like this:

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hurricane

Is this the real reason Dwight left Orlando?

Or, you know, settle down to a light drizzle or something?

It’s no secret that Josh Smith likes to take long jumpers. In fact, this attribute of his has probably clouded his other, good attributes (like defense, rebounding, dunking, etc.) from some casual observers.

Let’s get straight to it: last year, Smoove took nearly eight jumpers per game outside of 15 feet. The year before that, it was slightly over six. (stats courtesy of HoopData.com)

The two years before those two, though? 3.1 and 3.8, respectively. If you look closely, you’ll see that the spike coincides with when Larry Drew took over as head coach for the team. Well, you don’t really Continue Reading…