Hawks Sign Thabo Sefolosha

David Vertsberger —  July 3, 2014

Sam Amick and David Aldridge have confirmed a report by RealGM’s Shams Charania that the Atlanta Hawks have inked former member of the Oklahoma City Thunder and Chicago Bulls, Thabo Sefolosha. The contract is a reported $12 million over three years, or $4 million a season.

Sefolosha has been a key cog in Oklahoma City’s dominance for five straight seasons, starting in every game he’s played in since the 2009-10 season. His meal ticket? Defense. Sefolosha would regularly guard the Thunder’s best opposing player on a nightly basis, and did it well. Offensively, Sefolosha didn’t bring much to the table, but for a couple of seasons was knocking down the three-point shot at an over 40% rate.

So why did the Thunder bench this fitting role player during the 2014 Playoffs? His efficiency sunk, possibly because of the calf troubles that caused him to miss a chunk of games in the latter part of the year. Sefolosha was suddenly a liability on the offensive end, unable to make defenses pay for helping off him. Thabo is now 30 years old, so he won’t be developing any new skills on the offensive end that can offset his shaky jumper, and it won’t be long before his defense begins sliding.

However, for the interim, Sefolosha is a solid get for the Hawks. He’s still very much there defensively, and if the Hawks can get him to connect on an average rate from downtown in their system, he’ll be a big plus. As for where he fits in, I’d imagine he’ll be a reliever for DeMarre Carroll who had to chase around the league’s best for Atlanta all season long. The Hawks needed depth at the wing spot and now they have it.

It’s been a couple of days since free agency began, and the Hawks have signed their first new player. Welcome to Atlanta, Thabo.

David Vertsberger


10 responses to Hawks Sign Thabo Sefolosha

  1. So we traded away Bebe and Low Williams for the cap space to sign a 30-year old journeyman?


    Ten years of Bebe > 3 years of diminshing Sefalosha.

    • Brandon Barnes July 3, 2014 at 4:25 pm

      Thabo can defend. Lou cannot. I can see him thriving in our system as our backup wing stopper. Obviously the poor shooting year he just had is a concern, but his legs weren’t 100% for a good chunk of the year.
      As far as giving up 10 years of Bebe, I don’t think that’s fair to say at this point. One, not every player plays on the same team for 10 years. Two, we’ll have to wait for his career to play out to judge the trade.

  2. IDK.

    I feel most front offices value a top, young prospect over a middling, aging journeyman.

    SAS definitely does.

    • Brandon Barnes July 3, 2014 at 4:55 pm

      Also, I don’t think it’s fair to say that we only signed Thabo because we traded away Lou and Bebe. It wasn’t like we didn’t have any cap space. There are still moves to be made.

      • It’s a fair point. But let’s just say I value Lou Williams for a year and Bebe for the long-term more than I do Sefolosha for the next three years.

        Trading Bebe and Lou for this guy, would be like trading Adreian Payne and for a role player before AP ever plays for the team. It’s really bad asset management.

        Signing Sefolosha is a win now move…but we’re not really contenders.

        • Brandon Barnes July 3, 2014 at 10:46 pm

          We’re not really contenders? The Hawks still play in the Eastern Conference, right?

          • I’m a bottom line kind of guy. We won only 38 games this season. 44 games the season prior. We haven’t been out of the 1st round of the playoffs in years. And never made it out of the 2nd round.

            Winning 38 games this year was inexcusable. Regardless of injuries.

            I mean, we still play in the East right? literally half the teams here were tanking.

            I’ve followed this team for going on 20 years. Not since 1994 have we been considered contenders.

            Teams that lose most of their games…don’t get benefit of the doubt.

  3. thunder fan here. just wanna congratulate you guys on getting thabo, he is a great guy, and his shooting will bounce back, good luck

    • Brandon Barnes July 3, 2014 at 10:47 pm

      Appreciate it Aron, I certainly am excited to have him as a solid role player for the next few seasons.

  4. An NBA team cannot win without a Super Star or All Star on the wing that can take over a game and score at will. We were promised in Atlanta that trading a current All Star and scorer in Joe Johnson would move us forward and we haven’t gotten out of the first round and still do not have a true replacement scorer and All Star.

    Korver(3pt specialist), Carroll(Solid Slasher and Defender), Thabo(Defensive Specialist) or Payne(True Power Forward) cannot do that. Lebron and Carmelo will not come here, so now is the time to make some trades!

    We have 2 All Star Power Forwards in Horford and Millsap, and probably a future one in Payne. Trade Millsap to Toronto for All Star Shooting Guard DeMarr Derozan! They have matching contracts and we can throw in John Jenkins to replace some of Derozan’s 3pt shooting, Walter Tavarres since Toronto likes the foreign players and whatever future 1st or 2nd round picks to make it happen!

    Next we can trade Adrian Payne(from Michigan State) to the Detroit Pistons for True Center Andre Drummond!!! Detroit will re-sign Greg Monroe to start at Center and will be able to start Adrian Payne at Power Forward or let him come off the bench to back up Josh Smith. It will help the Pistons to move Josh back to his best position as well. We can also trade point guard of the future for Detroit Dennis Shroeder, a tough wing player in Lamar Patterson, and a tough rebounding and shooting big man(the type Van Gundy likes) in Mike Muscala to be back up center and we can even sign and trade Gustavo Ayon or trade future 1st and 2nd round picks. Trade whichever of these the Pistons want to make it happen!!!!

    So in the end, what would make the Hawks fans happy? A real team!!!!

    C- Andre Drummond
    PF- Al Horford
    SF- Demarre Carroll
    SG- DeMarr Derozan
    PG- Jeff Teague

    C- Pero Antic
    PF- Mike Scott
    SF- Thabo Sefolosha
    SG- Kyle Korver
    PG – Shelvin Mack