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Happy Friday! This Week in the Hawks Episode 10 is here for your listening pleasure. Bo Churney of FanBuzz joins me as we discuss the trade deadline and the moves the Hawks made: Ersan Ilyasova, Mike Scott and the reported efforts the Hawks made to try acquire Paul George and Jimmy Butler. We also talked about the Hawks’ decision to fill their two free roster spots with Lamar Patterson and Ryan Kelly, who were signed to deals on Friday too and the breaking news of Dennis Schröder’s one game suspension against the Miami Heat on Friday.

Thanks again to Bo for hopping on and thank you for listening! If you enjoyed, a share on Twitter is always appreciated.

The Atlanta Hawks’ 2014-15 season is a well documented season and one that is immortalised by Hawks fans. A franchise record 60 regular season wins, four players named to the All-Star team, an unbeaten January, a Coach of the Year award, and a trip to the Eastern Conference Finals. While being swept in the Eastern Conference Finals by the Cleveland Cavaliers wasn’t the note the Hawks would’ve liked to have finished their season on, it was still a hugely successful season that created the largest buzz surrounding the Atlanta Hawks (arguably) since the playing days of Hall of Famer, and Hawks legend, Dominique Wilkins.

Turn the clock forward 9 months later and there are rumours floating around that the Hawks are considering trades for Kyle Korver, Jeff Teague, and even franchise cornerstone Al Horford at the trade deadline. If you were to travel back this time last year, you would never think these rumours would arise so soon after such a successful season.

So, to start off, why have these rumours surfaced?

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At the start of the Hawks’ game against Chicago, DeMarre Carroll pulled defensive stud Jimmy Butler away from a Paul Millsap screen and pop action happening on the other end of the floor with the threat of an open three, leading to a wide open jumper on Atlanta’s first offensive possession. On the other end, he then suffocated what should have been a wide open Butler jumper; later in the shot clock, he got right in the way of a rolling Joakim Noah, forcing a pass out. Back on offense, Kyle Korver found a seam in the middle of the floor thanks to a Carroll screen, demanding Chicago’s attention as Millsap found himself wide open in the paint for a layup. Following a Bulls miss, Carroll leaked ahead of the retreating Chicago defenders for two points.

He did all of those things in just the first two minutes of Atlanta’s 100-85 loss in Chicago. His final stats weren’t eye-opening – 11 points, 5-for-10 shooting, two rebounds and two dimes – nor are his season averages of 10.5 points and 5.5 rebounds a night. However, these statistics cloud Carroll’s game-changing impact on this Hawks team, as well as what should be serious contention for the Most Improved Player award.

Consider Carroll’s career history prior to this season: four years, four teams, 173 total games played and just 22 starts. Carroll has over twice as many starts this season alone, playing a career-high 31.2 minutes per game with his next highest mark being 16.8 a contest. This leap in playing time for nomadic young players would normally result in poor production. Normally. Continue Reading…