Archives For August 2014

The Hawks announced today that they have added Charles Lee and Ben Sullivan to Mike Budenholzer’s coaching staff.

According to the team’s press release, Lee was an assistant coach the last two seasons at Bucknell, where he coached Mike Muscala during Muscala’s senior season. Lee was also the 2006 Patriot League Player of the Year and played professional ball abroad before becoming a coach. Sullivan was an assistant and video coordinator with the Spurs, meaning he likely has a good connection with head coach Budenholzer.

Lee and Sullivan fill the void left by Quin Synder, who is now the head coach of the Utah Jazz, and Jim Thomas, who has been moved to a role within the front office as a scout.

There’s a common debate among bloggers, fans, media, and even in some front office circles. When should a young player be given more playing time? Many out there feel that a young player, once they show any kind of promise, should be given a lot of minutes; let them work out the kinks in a trial by fire setting. Only then will we know their worth. Others want them to earn every single minute they play. If they want to play then they have to beat out that guy in front of them no matter the skill level. Obviously both of these feel like extremes. There has to be a happy medium somewhere.

During the 2013 NBA Draft, the Atlanta Hawks selected Dennis Schröder. This pick excited Hawks fans. Those not happy with Jeff Teague’s play, so far in his career, claimed Schröder could be the point guard of the future in three years. After a strong summer league, this only got fans even more excited. To make things even better, Schröder had a strong beginning to the season. Unfortunately for him, that strong play didn’t continue.

As Schröder’s play faltered, another player rose. Journeyman Shelvin Mack began to outplay Schröder on a nightly basis. Mack never turned the ball over and was a consistent player, something the Hawks lacked. This left the team with a decision, do they go with trial by fire for the young rookie, or the consistent veteran where they had an idea of what they would be getting, production wise? Continue Reading…

On July 27th, Paul Millsap was added to Team USA’s provisional roster due to players like Blake Griffin, Kevin Love, and LaMarcus Aldridge deciding to forgo participation in the FIBA World Cup this summer.

Little more than a week later, Millsap was announced as one of coach Mike Krzyzewski’s first round of cuts, along with Washington’s John Wall and Bradley Beal. Among those selected over Millsap were Denver’s Kenneth Faried and Brooklyn’s Mason Plumlee.

At the time, there was not too much of a problem with this. Even with Paul George’s gruesome injury, the lynchpin for Team USA seemed to be one thing: they still had Kevin Durant. The problem with this thinking today is that the team no longer has Durant to rely on.

It was announced on Thursday that Durant would withdraw from Team USA participation, citing mental and physical exhaustion. While there is some speculation that this might have something to do with Durant being offered a $300+ million endorsement deal with Under Armour, there is plenty of merit for Durant needing some time off. Continue Reading…

According to Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo! Sports, power forward Mike Scott will remain an Atlanta Hawk.

It was ambiguous whether Scott would return to the NBA after receiving interest from CSKA-Moscow, a Russian team who offered him a “lucrative” contract.

Scott’s new contract is worth $10 million over the next three years. A large improvement over his last contract that paid him $1.26 million over two years ($473,604 in the first year and $788,872 in the second year).

Scott had a strong second season with the Hawks, averaging 9.6 points along with grabbing 3.6 rebounds in 18.5 minutes per contest. He played an impressive 80 games, staying healthy through out and finding his niche as a promising young back-up who can provide a spark off the bench as a scorer.

It will be interesting where Scott will fit in with the 2014-15 Hawks rotation since they added rookie Adreian Payne to the mix and will likely look for minutes for him.

Now that all of Atlanta’s restricted free agents are locked up, they can take their final swing at the remaining free agents and look to fill their final roster spot.