Archives For June 2015

As reported by Eurohoops.net, Pero Antic will be leaving the Hawks to return to Europe. The deal is expected to be finalized within the next week.

Despite not starting, Antic was an important part of the shift in the Hawks’ offensive philosophy under head coach Mike Budenholzer. Antic’s 3-point threat spread out opposing defense and often allowed for the Hawks offense to be more efficient. If Antic is gone, the Hawks will likely look to Mike Muscala to fill the role that Antic had been filling over the last two seasons.

The Hawks were originally supposed to have the 15th pick in the 2015 NBA draft. When they were on the clock at 15, they traded the pick to the Washington Wizards, who selected Kelly Oubre. In return, the Hawks received the 19th pick and two future second-rounders.

But the Hawks were not done making moves. When 19 came up on the clock, the Hawks again made a trade, sending the 19th pick to the New York Knicks for Tim Hardaway Jr.

The move is a weird one for the Hawks, but there is some sense to be made from it. With the move, the Hawks will save at least $500,000 in cap space from not having to pay the required rookie salary for the 15th pick. Hardaway also has some value in that he’s an above-average shooter.

However, the weaknesses with Hardaway are clear. Despite his 6′-6 size, Hardaway has not been a good defender at the NBA level. Hardaway also has few established skills other than shooting, and he has a tendency to chuck the ball at an inefficient rate.

Considering the Hawks made two moves to get to this point, they may not be done. And just in my opinion, I hope they are not done, because this is not a good move, especially if the front office did it to save money; they could have just completely traded out of the first round, which would have saved them nearly $2 million in cap space instead of only a quarter of that.

The NBA Board of Governors has officially approves the sale of the Atlanta Hawks to the group led by Tony Ressler.

From the NBA’s press release:

“We are pleased that the NBA’s Board of Governors has approved the purchase of the Atlanta Hawks by principal owner Tony Ressler,” said NBA Commissioner Adam Silver. “Tony and his diverse and experienced ownership group will bring tremendous energy and passion to the Hawks and the team and its fans will greatly benefit from their commitment to the Atlanta community.”

The sale was approved unanimously by the Board of Governors. The new ownership group includes former NBA star Grant Hill, Spanx founder Sara Blakely and her husband, Jesse Itzler. The Hawks will officially introduce the group — with Ressler and Hill representing — during a media session on Thursday at 11AM.

hh-logo-DRAFTFor the fifth HawksHoop draft profile, we take a look at Wisconsin forward Sam Dekker, who generated a lot of buzz with his play and shooting in the NCAA tournament.

Bio:

Small Forward, 6’9, 219 lbs. Junior, University of Wisconsin, 21 years old

2014-15 college stats:

31 minutes, 13.9 points, 52.5 FG%, 33.1 3P%, 70.8 FT%, 1.2 assists, 5.5 rebounds, 0.5 steals, 0.5 blocks, 25.5 PER.

Strengths:

Sam Dekker, the small forward out of Wisconsin, has been projected to go anywhere from 12-20. The Hawks, however, are one of his likely landing destinations. The 6’-9 forward can bring a lot of versatility to whichever team picks him on June 25. His size allows him the ability to play both the small forward and power forward positions, especially given the way the NBA has gone towards smaller lineups, as showcased in these NBA Finals. Dekker has the height, athleticism, and post game to play power forward in the NBA; however, he should add some more muscle to his 220 pound frame. He shot about 64% on 2-pointers, which is only two percent lower than Jahlil Okafor, who many say was the best offensive big man in the country. Continue Reading…

hh-logo-DRAFTWith the fourth draft profile, HawksHoop will take a look at another Kentucky freshman, Trey Lyles. He has been mocked as high as sixth, and there are plenty of rumors that the Knicks could be trading down to grab him, but he could also slip to the Hawks pick.

Bio:

Forward, 6’10, 241 lbs. Freshman, University of Kentucky, 19 years old

2014-15 college stats:

23 minutes, 8.7 points, 48.8 FG%, 13.8 3P%, 73.5 FT%, 1.1 assists, 5.2 rebounds, 0.5 steals, 0.4 blocks, 19.8 PER.

Strengths:

Trey Lyles is another forward the Atlanta Hawks could look to draft with the 15th pick. While Lyles was put in an odd position at Kentucky as the third best big man and relegated to play small forward, there were flashes of what he could be in the NBA. Lyles size is probably his biggest advantage right now. He’s 6’10 with a 7’1.5 or 7’3.5 wingspan — depending on if you go by Nike Hoop Summit’s or the NBA Combine’s measurements. Lyles also weighs 240, which should allow him to bang down low with the big guys. With that size, Lyles was able to pull down about five rebounds in 23 minutes a game, or about eight per 36 minutes. Grabbing that many boards while competing with Karl-Anthony Towns and Willie Cauley-Stein is pretty impressive. Continue Reading…

hh-logo-DRAFTThe third prospect due for a draft profile is Kansas’ freshman, Kelly Oubre. The small forward has been projected to go anywhere from 10 to 18 in this year’s draft.

Bio:

Small Forward, 6’6.75, 203 lbs. Freshman, University of Kansas, 19 years old

2014-15 college stats:

11 minutes, 9.3 points, 44.4 FG%, 35.8 3P%, 71.8 FT%, 0.8 assists, 5.0 rebounds, 1.1 steals, 0.4 blocks, 21.1 PER.

Strengths:

One of the most raw prospects in the top 20 is Kelly Oubre. Oubre was one of the most highly recruited high school prospects last year, but never really lived up to the hype at Kansas. Although Oubre only averaged 21 minutes per game, we were able to catch glimpses of the player that he could be. For example, in his limited time, the lefty averaged five rebounds a game, good for about 8.5 a game per 36 minutes. This would have put him as one of the top rebounders for his position, better than both Stanley Johnson and Justise Winslow.

Being 19 and extremely raw also means there is a lot of potential for Oubre. He was able to shoot 35.8 percent from three, grab five rebounds a game, and nab at least a steal a game, all in 21 minutes. Per 36 minutes, Oubre would have averaged about two steals a game. He has the height and wingspan — just over 7’2 — as well as the athletic ability to be able to guard shooting guards and small forwards in the NBA. His wingspan not only helps him reach in for steals, but it’s also incredibly useful for closeouts and blocking shots. Continue Reading…

hh-logo-DRAFTThe next prospect up for HawksHoop’s draft profiles is one of Kentucky’s heralded freshmen: Devin Booker.

Bio:

Shooting Guard, 6’5.75, 206 lbs. Freshman, University of Kentucky, 18 years old

2014-15 college stats:

21.5 minutes, 10.0 points, 47 FG%, 41.1 3P%, 82.8 FT%, 1.1 assists, 2.0 rebounds, 0.4 steals, 0.1 blocks, 19.4 PER.

Strengths:

Devin Booker has two really great advantages going for him at this point. The first one is his age. At just 18 years old, Booker can brag about being the youngest prospect in the entire draft class. He doesn’t turn 19 until October 30th. Being that young can be a disadvantage at times, but having the opportunity to learn from the best at such a young age can really help his game. He’s still raw, so his game can be molded into what coaches and himself think are the best. Also, because he is so young, he is going to still be able to add some strength, which would help him become a better defender at the next level since he isn’t incredibly athletic. Continue Reading…