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NBA Preseason Atlanta Hawks at Indiana Pacers

AJC’s Chris Vivlamore reported yesterday that the Hawks have waived guard James Anderson and forward Damion James. Anthony Tolliver has made the team, and his contract will become guaranteed if he is still on the roster on January 10th.

Anderson being released is not a surprise. The Hawks currently have a surplus at his skill set. (3-point shooting) Anderson did have a bit of a sophomore slump last year, but the .391 mark he posted from behind the arc in his rookie year means that he will get a shot with another squad.

I did not foresee Damion being cut. I thought that the lack of depth at the SF position, combined with his decent showing this preseason, meant that he would have had a spot on the team. However, this roster move means that the Hawks will start the season with 14 players and an open spot, which will allow the team to make a pickup throughout the season, if they so wish.

Teams are allowed to have 13 players on the active roster. Seeing as he’s on a guaranteed contract and the Hawks aren’t playing him, Johan Petro will likely be the team’s inactive player for most of the season, barring injuries. If you are wondering why, here’s a link to Petro’s Basketball-Reference page, which shows he has negative offensive win shares for his career. (If you aren’t into analytics, let me express it this way: he’s not good)

The Hawks open the season at home versus Houston on Friday, a game that instantly got more exciting with the Rockets’ acquisition of James Harden from OKC. (More on that later)

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For their final tilt of the preseason, the Hawks (3-3) head up to Auburn Hill to take on the Pistons. (3-4) Some notes:

  • This is a huge game for Anthony Tolliver, Damion James, and James Anderson, as one of these guys is likely to be cut after the game. To be honest, I think AT and Damion are pretty secure, mostly because the Hawks already have 839 guards ahead of Anderson. Anderson is not a terrible player, but I’m was confused that the Hawks picked him up to begin with; he never really had a shot with all of the depth the Hawks have at that position.
  • The starting lineup tonight will likely feature Devin Harris again, which is something that I’m not exactly happy with. My preferred starting lineup at this point would be Teague/Stevenson/Korver/Smith/Horford, which gives the Hawks a good wing defender and an elite shooter to play with. Having Harris and Stevenson at the two and three just seems way too small. (which is noteworthy, considering the league has essentially turned into smallball)
  • For the other side, some fun players to watch for are Greg Monroe and Andre Drummond. Monroe’s lack of defense will be fun for the Hawks, but he’s also a very underrated offensive player. Drummond was selected with the ninth pick in the first round, and is a more traditional presence in the paint. (aka: he’ll probably be covering a lot of Monroe’s mistakes during the season)
  • The game starts at 7:30pm, and can be heard on 680 The Fan. (no TV again)